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 26 February 2017
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 is the leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world. Showcasing talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and established professionals, the competition features a diverse range of images and tells the often fascinating stories behind the creation of the works, from formal commissioned portraits to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family.

The selected images, many of which will be on display for the first time, explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to the photographic portrait whilst capturing a range of characters, moods and locations. The exhibition of fifty-eight works features all of the prestigious prize winners including the winner of the £15,000 first prize.

Tickets £6.

Until 11 March 2017
Graves Art Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
STREET VIEW: Photographs of Urban Life

The street is a fundamental part of the urban landscape and has featured consistently in photography throughout the twentieth century. Street View: Photographs of Urban Life explores how photographers have captured city life on camera in Sheffield, around the UK and abroad.

The invention of smaller, lighter hand-held cameras in the late 19th Century enabled photographers to escape the restrictions of the studio and take their practice onto the street. Ever since, the street has appeared in photographs as both a primary subject and an informative backdrop, contextualising the rest of the scene. This exhibition explores the diversity of the street; as a social space, as a battleground for protest and as a source of artistic inspiration.

Street View showcases photographs by both internationally recognised photographers and local artists. The images on display span the everyday to the extraordinary, from familiar depictions of work and leisure to images of national celebration and political activism.

Open Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm
(Wednesdays 1pm – 6pm)
Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Closed 24 Dec – 2 Jan

FREE (Situated above the Central Library)

Until 18 March 2017
Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1SD
KURT TONG – The Queen, The Chairman and I

Marking the twenty-year anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty from British rule, The Queen, The Chairman and I is a fascinating journey into the entwined histories of China and the UK, traced through the family history of photographer Kurt Tong.

Described by Tong as a photographic ‘who do you think you are’, The Queen, The Chairman and I was made over four years across three continents. In this multi-stranded saga of love, hope, and tragedy, Tong uncovers family secrets and reveals the impact of political and economic forces on individual people. Drawing on Tong’s Chinese, Hong Kong and British connections, the exhibition combines new large-scale photographs, alongside heirloom photographs and rare colour film footage from the 1940s. Central to the exhibition is a contemporary Chinese teahouse installation where visitors are invited to drink tea, read Tong’s artist book, and share their own family stories.

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 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 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.


22 February to 18 March 2017
Beetles+Huxley, 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE

The first exhibition devoted entirely to the portraiture of the pioneering Dutch photographer Ruud van Empel. The exhibition will include 21 works, including 12 from the photographer’s latest series, Mood, which has never been shown in the UK before.

Ruud van Empel’s distinctive style has evolved through an on going exploration of the tension between straight photography and digital technology. His images are digitally constructed from a synthesis of hundreds of diverse fragments taken from his own photographs. He digitally dissects and reconstructs images to create his works, as eyes, noses and lips are collaged together to create brand new faces. Ruud van Empel skilfully blends the techniques of collage, painting and photography, forcing the viewer to question their own conceptions of the constructed, and the “real”.

Opens 4 March 2017
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.


9 to 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).


18 to 21 March 2017
The NEC, Birmingham

Looking to buy a new camera, tripod or printer? The Photography Show is a large trade show and includes daily talks by well known photographers.

24 March to 23 April 2017
Various venues around DERBY

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.


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!


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