Exhibitions & Talks 2017

Below is a date ordered list of major UK photography exhibitions, events and talks.

Galleries, organisations or members who wish to add information, email: chris @ designforte.co.uk

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS (in date order):

Until 28 March 2017
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

The Syngenta Photography Award is a celebration of artistic skill and outstanding photography which aims to draw attention to, and stimulate dialogue around, key global challenges. This year’s award invited professional and amateur photographers from all over the world to submit applications responding to the theme of ‘Grow-Conserve’.

As the world’s population continues to increase, so does the tension between our growing demand for more food, energy and resources, and the need to conserve what we have today, for the next generation.

This exhibition will bring together 92 images from 43 photographers, representing 22 countries; each depicting powerful responses to the theme of Grow-Conserve. Among them, photographs submitted by the six shortlisted photographers: Lucas Foglia (USA), Claudia Jaguaribe (Brazil), Yan Wang Preston (United Kingdom) (Professional Commission); Robin Friend (United Kingdom), Matt Hamon (USA) and Kenneth O’ Halloran (Ireland) (Open Competition).

UPDATE: Yan Wang Preston’s ‘Forest’ was the winning project.


Until 22 April 2017
Beverley Art Gallery, Treasure House, Champney Rd, Beverley HU17 8HE

This world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, features 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breath-taking wild landscapes.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years.

Treasure House opening times:

Monday: 9.30am – 5pm
Tuesday: 9.30am – 8pm
Wednesday: 9.30am – 5pm
Thursday: 9.30am – 8pm
Friday: 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm

Sunday 5, 12 and 19 March: 10am – 4pm

During the exhibition the cafe will stay open until 30 minutes before the Treasure House closes.

Car parking
Most of the town centre car parks are located within 10 minutes walk, but the closest car park is in Grayburn Lane, off Lairgate. At the weekend, parking is also available behind the Treasure House itself.

Highly recommended! Free!

Until 29 May 2017
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL

Curated by Martin Parr and celebrating the work of leading photographers, including Henri Cartier Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Rineke Dijkstra, Garry Winogrand, Bruce Gilden and Evelyn Hofer.

Strange and Familiar considers how international photographers from the 1930’s onwards have captured the social, cultural and political identity of the UK.

From social documentary and portraiture to street and architectural photography, the exhibition celebrates the work of leading photographers. Bringing together over 250 compelling photographs and previously unseen bodies of work, Strange and Familiar presents a vibrant portrait of modern Britain.


Until April 2017
The Photographer’s Gallery, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax HX3 5AX
WALTER LEWIS – Unlikely Heroes

Walter Lewis is a past President of Harrogate Photographic Society and in 2012 achieved an MA in Photography at Sunderland University.

His exhibition Unlikely Heroes is the story of a renaissance in small scale, local, food production and based around alternative farmers and growers in England and Wales. Unlikely Heroes exhibition will also mark the launch of Walter’s 160 page book of the same title.

Private View: 12 noon to 2pm on Saturday 11 February 2017.


Until ???? (no date announced)
Joe Cornish Gallery, Zetland Street, Northallerton DL6 1NA
INSPIRED BY FIRST LIGHT – On Landscape Exhibition II

The second photography exhibition co-curated with Tim Parkin and Charlotte Britton, editors of the online photography magazine On Landscape, is themed around Joe Cornish’s 2002 book First Light. Cited by many landscape photographers as an inspiration for their work, the exhibition will feature work by Joe Cornish and five photographers who have previously worked closely with On Landscape.

The contributing photographers are:
Baxter Bradford
Julian Calverley
Joe Cornish
Matt Lethbridge
Harvey Lloyd-Thomas
Beata Moore

The exhibition will launch at 2pm and there will be a panel discussion with the exhibiting photographers, hosted by Joe Cornish and Tim Parkin at 3pm. Space is limited for the talk, so you’ll need to book a spot.


Until 7 May 2017
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
THE RADICAL EYE: Modernist Photography

This major exhibition draws from from the Sir Elton John Collection – one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography and presents an unrivalled selection of classic modernist images from the 1920’s to the 1950’s – a crucial moment in the history of the medium.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see remarkable works up-close by more than sixty artists including seminal figures such as Man RayAndré KertészBerenice AbbottAlexandr Rodchenko and Edward Steichen. Featuring over 150 works, the exhibition consists entirely of rare vintage prints.

Adult £16.50 (without Gift Aid donation £15.00)
Concession £14.50 (without Gift Aid donation £13.10)
Help Tate by including the voluntary donation to enable Gift Aid.

Until 11 June 2017
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

From intimate still-lifes and portraits, to images that address vital political issues, explore the photographs of this groundbreaking artist.

What are we to make of the world in which we find ourselves today? Contemporary artist Wolfgang Tillmans offers plenty of food for thought.

This is Wolfgang Tillmans’s first ever exhibition at Tate Modern and brings together works in an exciting variety of media – photographs, of course, but also video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music – all staged by the artist in characteristically innovative style.

The year 2003 is the exhibition’s point of departure, representing for Tillmans the moment the world changed, with the invasion of Iraq and anti-war demonstrations. The social and political form a rich vein throughout the artist’s work.

Alongside portraiture, landscape and intimate still lifes, Tillmans pushes the boundaries of the photographic form in abstract artworks that range from the sculptural to the immersive.

German-born, international in outlook and exhibited around the world, Tillmans spent many years in the UK and is currently based in Berlin. In 2000, he was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize.

Tillmans also takes over the South Tank for ten days with an immersive new installation featuring his work in music and video, interspersed with live events in which Tillmans and his collaborators will explore the capabilities of the sound system and the acoustic qualities of the space.

Adult £12.50

Until 25 June 2017
National Media Museum, Bradford BD1 1NQ
BRITAIN IN FOCUS: A Photographic History

Britain in Focus: A Photographic History, in partnership with BBC Four, explores the changing ways we share and consume photographs, from the rapid technological progress of the 19th century to today’s selfies on social media. [ Gallery Two ]


Until 25 June 2017
National Media Museum, Bradford BD1 1NQ
POETICS OF LIGHT: Pinhole Photography

Poetics of Light is the European premiere of an exhibition of original prints of pinhole photography from around the world. The images were collected by Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer in San Lorenzo, USA over the last 30 years, revealing an alternate version of reality and a visual form of poetry. [ Gallery One ]

Organised by New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico USA.


Until 5 November 2017
Bradford Industrial Museum, Moorside Mills, BD2 3HP
GRAFTERS: Industrial Society in Image and Word

Nothing compared to photography when it came to capturing the Industrial Revolution. As Britain’s society changed, techniques in photography developed, enabling workers to capture their own lives for the first time.

Visitors will witness how the working classes went from objects in photos, to heroic representations of industry and finally to photographers themselves. The exhibition highlights unseen images from important photographic collections.

This is an exhibition on loan from the Peoples History Museum, Manchester. The exhibition is in partnership with Ian Beesley, with original works by the poet Ian McMillan. Grafters is a photographic exhibition comprising predominantly of images from the Peoples History Museum photographic collection and Bradford Museums & Galleries photographic collection.


24 March to 23 April 2017
DERBY – various venues

The 2017 edition of FORMAT FESTIVAL will explore the theme of HABITAT through varied narratives and imagery that document the worlds around us. We will share the experiences and stories that coalesce as we negotiate our complex existence, including the flora, fauna, landscapes and the lives within.

HABITAT will look broadly at landscape, environment, mobility, migrations, digital worlds, ideas of home and displacement, conflict and regeneration and all the spaces that we live in including work that considers our short or long term impact on the world locally and internationally.

Highly recommended!

31 March to 24 June 2017
Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1SD

Mother River is a photographic odyssey taking the viewer on a journey along the entire length of the Yangtze, often known as China’s Mother River. This new exhibition, commissioned in partnership with Gallery of Photography Ireland, offers fresh perspectives on China, where traditional landscape clashes with present-day development.

The epic project follows a simple premise: to document the 6,211km route of the river from source to delta, using a strict Y Points System to photograph every 100 kilometres. Made over a period of four years, Yan Wang Preston travelled to the remote high Tibetan Plateau through the Three Gorges to the river’s end at Shanghai. She had to find and photograph sixty-three locations in incredibly diverse and often remote terrain. Since the river source is 5,400 metres above sea level, and half of its length flows through some of the most majestic mountains on the Earth, Mother River is on one level a modern-day adventure, where the photographer faced hazards from altitude sickness to mudslides.

NOTE:  Yan will be talking about the project at the Gallery on 13th May.

Highly recommended!

1 April to 7 May 2017
Patchings Art Centre, Oxton Rd, Calverton, Nottingham NG14 6NU

2017 is the 10th anniversary collaborative photography exhibition organised by the #Connected Photographers under the banner #ConnectedTEN.

We bring together photographers of all levels, genres, all ages and from enthusiasts to pros, from all over the UK and beyond.

The opening weekend 8th & 9th April has six speakers including Paul Kenny, Sue Bishop, Michela Griffith, Rachael Talibart, John Irvine and Rob Knight.

The exhibition is held at the renowned Patchings Art Centre in Nottingham and runs for just over a month from the 1st April 2017.


7 April to 14 May 2017
Open Eye Gallery and Museum of Liverpool

Open Eye Gallery and Museum of Liverpool will officially launch LOOK/17, Liverpool International Photography Festival. In response to the festival theme – ‘Liverpool/ Hong Kong: Cities of Exchange‘ – the neighbouring venues will be opening new exhibitions featuring original commissions and classic works produced by photographers from the UK and Hong Kong.

Open Eye Gallery’s ‘Culture Shifts: Global‘ exhibition will present new and unseen work from Hong Kong photographer Luke Ching, supported by University of Salford Art Collection. The large-scale work was produced by turning an entire hotel room in Liverpool’s Titanic Hotel into a pinhole camera for 3 days. New work from Wo Bik Wong, one of Hong Kong’s leading female photographers, will also be shown, alongside photos of social housing taken by Derek Man, a London-based photographer flown back to Hong Kong on a commission from Open Eye Gallery. Each artist explores the modern urban environment and unfamiliar cities with fresh eyes.

All three artists, as well as co-curator Ying Kwok (Hong Kong) will be present at Open Eye Gallery between 3-4pm for Artist Talks, open to the public. They will be joined by South Ho, Yan Wang Preston and Lao Chi Chung, artists who are also part of LOOK/ 17.

Museum of Liverpool will present a UK/ China cultural exchange video project from students at University of Liverpool, and open their ‘Liverpool & Hong Kong Reflections‘ exhibition, featuring work from Hong Kong street photographer Ho Fan and a selection of images from the Open Eye Gallery Archive. This series includes images taken in Liverpool and Manchester by Martin Parr and Bert Hardy.

NOTE: The OFFICIAL LAUNCH EVENT is on Thursday 6 April:

3pm to 4pm: Artist Talks at Open Eye Gallery
5pm to 7pm: Museum of Liverpool opening
5.30pm: UK/ China Exchange video project at Museum of Liverpool
6pm to 8pm: Open Eye Gallery with speeches from 6.30pm
9pm to Late: After Party at Constellations

18 to 21 May 2017
Somerset House, London

Photo London brings together 84 of the world’s leading galleries in a major international photography fair.

Additional information soon. Highly recommended!


Dates to be announced
Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP

The photographer known as Photie Man is back with a series of images shot in Liverpool in the 1970’s and 80’s, now on show in France and travelling to Open Eye Gallery next year.

More details soon.


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