UK PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS & TALKS

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Title: SIAM THROUGH THE LENS OF JOHN THOMSON
Venue:  New Walk Museum, Leicester LE1 7EA
Dates: Until 31 March 2019
Website: www.visitleicester.info

A stunning exhibition of large-size photographs, enlarged from the original 19th century photographic plates of John Thomson (1837-1921).

This pioneering 19th century Scottish photographer explored China and Siam in the 1860s. The photographic technology, such as large format camera and wet-collodion process plates, was cutting edge for its time. Photography had only been invented some 20 years previously. He photographed King Mongkut Rama IV, his royal family and entourage and several royal ceremonies.

With special travel permissions from the King, Thomson travelled to Cambodia and was the first to photograph the ancient site of Angkor Wat. The range, depth and sensitivity of John Thomson's photographic vision marks him as one of the most important travel photographers of his time. Exhibition curated by Betty Yao MBE.


Title: GRAHAM COOK – INNERVISIBLE – The World Within : The World Without
Venue:  Joe Cornish Galleries, Zetland Street, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1NA
Dates: Until 13 April 2019
Website: www.joecornishgallery.co.uk

Graham Cook’s first solo show InnerVisible – The World Within: The World Without presents a view of the world that is determined by an expression of personal feelings. Graham sees ‘life’ in all objects, regardless of how inanimate they seem - a life that is hidden, waiting to be revealed. The landscape, becomes an imaginary place, one that invites dreaming, where imagination can provide an escape for the artist and the viewer.


Title: FORMAT INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
Venue:  30+ Venues around Derby
Dates: Until 14 April 2019
Website: www.formatfestival.com

FORMAT 19 is one of the UK's leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media. 

The biennale and off year programmes celebrate the wealth of contemporary photographic practice. We love photography and all its expanded fields. Our programmes feature everything from major conceptual works, participative projects, documentary and all that falls between categorisations, from the mobile phone to the archive. We are concerned with what is happening right here, right now in the scene and beyond, whilst sharing and contributing to it.

The biennale edition incorporates over 30 of Derby’s most beautiful buildings and key landmarks including: QUAD, University of Derby, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derwent Valley World Heritage Sites, Market Place and satellite venues in nearby cities. 


Title: 209 WOMEN
Venue:  Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP
Dates: Until 14 April 2019
Website: www.openeye.org.uk

On 14th December 1918 women voted for the first time, and in the same year the first female MP was elected. 100 years on, this project marks that significant moment in history, whilst also highlighting the ongoing need for gender equality across society.

To mark 100 years since some women achieved the right to vote, 209 new photographic portraits of all female MPs, have been shot exclusively by female photographers.

‘209 Women’ is a national artist-led project founded by Hilary Wood that aims to champion the visibility of women, particularly in male-dominated environments.


Title: MARTIN PARR – RETURN TO MANCHESTER
Venue:  Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
Dates: Until 22 April 2019
Website: www.manchesterartgallery.org

Martin Parr studied at Manchester Polytechnic from 1970-73. The city had a profound effect on him as it was so different from his childhood home in suburban, affluent Surrey. It sparked his curiosity about people’s lives, what it is to live in a Northern, largely working class and diverse city and he embraced his new context with enthusiasm. After his tutor’s intervention which stopped him being expelled from the Polytechnic after his first year, he began making cohesive documentary projects which explored a particular subject. One of the first of these was Prestwich Mental Hospital in 1972 where he spent three months photographing the patients and their surroundings.

Parr has revisited the city many times over the last 40 years to document the lives of Mancunians. The exhibition brings together a selection of Parr’s Manchester photographs. Ranging from black and white images of June Street, Salford in 1972 and Yates Wine Lodges in 1982-3, to colour photos of people shopping in 1986 and 2008, his work shows how the lives of Mancunians have changed but also how there is continuity in how we live.


Title:  MODERN NATURE: British Photographs from the Hyman Collection
Venue:  The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW
Dates:  Until 22 April 2019
Website: www.hepworthwakefield.org

For the first time in human history, more people are living in urban environments than in the countryside, yet the impulse to seek out nature remains as strong as ever.

This new exhibition of photographs by leading British photographers such as Shirley Baker, Bill Brandt, Anna Fox, Chris Killip, Martin Parr and Tony Ray-Jones explores our evolving relationship with the natural world and how this shapes individuals and communities.

Drawn from the photography collection of Claire and James Hyman, Modern Nature includes around 60 photographs taken since the end of the Second World War, through the beginnings of de-industrialisation to the present day.

The exhibition explores the merging of urban and rural landscapes, the rapid expansion of cities and the increasingly intrusive management of the countryside. The works on display are by turns poetic and humorous, occasionally absurd.


Title: IAN BEESLEY – BIG BIG CAMERA
Venue:  Gallery 2 at Salts Mills, Victoria Road, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA
Dates: Until 2019 (exact closing date unknown)
Website: www.saltsmill.org.uk

The extraordinary ‘Big Big Camera’ has long been in the collections of Gallery Oldham and photographer Ian Beesley has been working to repurpose this industrial relic. After cleaning and repairing the camera the most important challenge for Ian was using a camera that was designed for huge negatives 20 inches square. His solution was to create a grid which could take smaller negatives resulting in images made up of 20 separate prints. The result is an exhibition of large-scale photographs that will make you think again about the whole process of taking a picture.


Title: DON McCULLIN – RETROSPECTIVE
Venue:  Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Dates: Until 6 May 2019
Website: www.tate.org.uk

Tate Britain will present a comprehensive retrospective of Don McCullin CBE.

This exhibition includes many of his iconic war photographs – including images from Vietnam, Northern Ireland and more recently Syria, often captured at great personal risk. But it also focuses on the work he did at home in the UK, recording scenes of poverty and working class life in London’s East End and the industrial north, as well as meditative landscapes of his beloved Somerset, where he lives.

Sir Don McCullin was born in 1935 and grew up in a deprived area of north London. He got his first break when a newspaper published his photograph of friends who were in a local gang. From the 1960s he forged a career as probably the UK’s foremost war photographer, primarily working for the Sunday Times Magazine. His unforgettable and sometimes harrowing images are accompanied in the show with his brutally honest commentaries.

With over 250 photographs, all printed by McCullin himself in his own darkroom, this exhibition will be a unique opportunity to appreciate the scope and achievements of his entire career.


Title: DIANE ARBUS – IN THE BEGINNING
Venue:  Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Dates: Until 6 May 2019
Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and adapted for Hayward Gallery, diane arbus: in the beginning takes an in-depth look at the formative first half of Arbus’ career, during which the photographer developed the direct, psychologically acute style for which she later became so widely celebrated.

Arbus made most of her photographs in New York City, where she was born and died, and where she worked in locations such as Times Square, the Lower East Side and Coney Island. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and midtown shoppers, are among the most intimate, surprising and haunting works of art of the twentieth century.

The exhibition features more than 100 photographs, the majority of which are vintage prints made by the artist, drawn from the Diane Arbus Archive at MOMA. More than two-thirds of these photographs have never been seen before in the UK.


Title: DAVID SEVERN – Thanks, Maggie & Newstead Youth Centre Portraits
Venue:  Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire NG15 8NA
Dates: Until 7 July 2019
Website: www.newsteadabbey.org.uk

Nottingham-based photographer David Severn presents a lesser-known view of Newstead and Nottinghamshire. Through his earnest and sensitively observed photographs and portraits, David shows his interest in two parallel worlds which are situated beside each other, where an ancient priory wall acts as a dividing line between two contrasting but equally significant tales of Nottinghamshire’s history.

Since Newstead Colliery closed in 1987, now replaced by a sprawling country park, the loss of the pit has left a lasting legacy upon the residents. Despite this, the younger generation show a deep affection towards Newstead Village. Guided by the young people themselves, Newstead Youth Centre Portraits lead us through the local streets and play areas. This is their Newstead, their turf, and they are proud of it.

Further afield across Nottinghamshire, other pit closures left many open wounds for the former the coal miners and their families. In Thanks, Maggie, David Severn explores these abandoned coalfields to observe the communities left behind, and discover how some traditions still remain in the social clubs that his own pit-working father and grandfather may have frequented. Vivid echoes of the collieries remain, as does the bitter lament of the Miner’s Strike of 1984-85 that runs through the stories, music and veins of contemporary life.


Title: YORKSHIRE! ACHIEVEMENT, GRIT AND CONTROVERSY
Venue:  Beningbrough Hall, Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire YO30 1DD
Dates: Until 3 November 2019
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

With over 20 artworks on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, the Arts Council Collection, Olivia Hemingway and York Art Gallery this is Beningbrough’s biggest and boldest exhibition yet.

The people of Yorkshire are often thought of as being argumentative and somewhat stubborn, leading to a particular reputation. In the East Gallery of the Hall find artworks featuring familiar Yorkshire faces whose reputations often precede them. Arthur Scargill, Geoffrey Boycott, Guy Fawkes and Marco Pierre White are all well known for their determination to achieve and in doing so have gone against the grain.

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Title: #CONNECTED 2019 - various photographers
Venue:  Patchings Art Centre, Oxton Road, Calverton, Nottinghamshire NG14 6NU
Dates: 30 March to 5 May 2019
Website: www.connected-exhibition.co.uk

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 April: Launch weekend speakers include Sarah Medway, Paul Sanders, Lucy Saggers, Sam Gregory, Professor Tim Allott and John Blakemore.

The exhibition showcases work submitted by many photographers (not just the speakers) and runs for 5 weeks.


Title: YAN WANG PRESTON – FOREST & ALYS TOMLINSON – EX VOTO
Venue: Side Gallery, 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JE
Dates: 6 April to 9 June 2019
Website: www.amber-online.com/side-gallery/

In the photographic project Forest, the British-Chinese artist Yan Wang Preston spends eight years (2010-2017) investigating the politics of recreating forests and ‘natural’ environment in new Chinese cities. In Chongqing, China’s largest metropolis with thirty-million people, a policy of having a ‘Forest City’ is implemented.

Ex-Voto is an extension of Alys Tomlinson’s previous work in Lourdes. Still intrigued by this place of great spiritual contemplation and worship, I re-visited the project with a different approach. Shooting in large format black and white slowed the process down and gave me space to think.

Both shows are curated by Liz Hingley.


Title: 2019 SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 
Venue:  Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Dates: 18 April to 6 May 2019
Website: www.worldphoto.org

More than 800 sensational images of our world go on show at the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. Winning and shortlisted images from the Award’s four competitions Professional, Open, Youth and Student, will be spread across the East and West Wings of the venue. A unique curation of images by the Awards’ 2019 Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient Nadav Kander will be exhibited in the East Wing.

Alongside the main display will be work by recipients of the 2018 Professional and Student Grants, the Sony Alpha Female Grant, as well as the shortlist and winning imagery of the ZEISS Photography Award 2019. Another highlight not to miss is the carefully curated set of images from The Swap Project, an initiative between the World Photography Organisation and the Creativehub where the global photography community swapped their best prints with one another.


Title: PHOTO LONDON
Venue:  Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Dates: 16 to 19 May 2019
Website: www.photolondon.org

Photo London has established itself as a world-class photography Fair and brings together the world’s leading photographers, curators, exhibitors, dealers and the public to celebrate photography, the medium of our time.

Featured photographers include Don McCullin, Stephen Shore, Vivian Maier, Eamonn Doyle, Gavin Turk, Josh Haner....(more details soon)


Title: CINDY SHERMAN – RETROSPECTIVE
Venue:  National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE
Dates: 27 June to 15 September 2019
Website: www.npg.org.uk

The American artist Cindy Sherman who has for four decades been transforming herself into unsettling characters who might be matinee stars, girls next door or Republican wives, is to receive her first UK retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery.

About 180 works will be exhibited, including an important series of works produced by Sherman in her 20s, going on display in the UK for the first time, which helped make her name and define her approach.


Title: HIP FEST 2019 – Hull International Photography Festival
Venue:  HULL
Dates: 4 to 27 October 2019
Website: www.hipfest.co.uk

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Title: PHOTO NORTH FESTIVAL 
Venue:  TBA
Dates: 29 November to 1 December 2019
Website: www.photonorthfestival.co.uk

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