UK PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS & TALKS

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Title: MILES ALDRIDGE & TODD HIDO
Venue:  Huxley-Parlour, 3 - 5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE
Dates: Until 21 December 2018
Website: www.huxleyparlour.com

Our final exhibition of the year will explore the work of contemporary photographers Miles Aldridge and Todd Hido. The exhibition will juxtapose the surreal world of Aldridge's vibrant interiors with the photographs of suburban America at night taken by Hido. 


Title: INSIDE THE OUTSIDE (photography group) - OUT OF THE WOODS OF THOUGHT
Venue:  Argentea Gallery, 28 St Paul’s Square, Birmingham B3 1RB
Dates: Until 21 December 2018
Website: www.argenteagallery.com

A group exhibition by photographers Al Brydon, Brian David Stevens, Guy Dickenson, J M Golding, Rob Hudson, Lynda Laird, Stephen Segasby, Tom Wilkinson and Joseph Wright.

Preview on 1 November 6-8pm. www.inside-the-outside.com


Title: STUART ROY CLARKE - THE GAME
Venue:  Huddersfield Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU
Dates: Until 5 January 2019
Website: www.homesoffootball.co.uk

Stuart Roy Clarke has spent the summer of 2018 driving around and photographing World Cup Russia and World Cup winning nation France; By contrast he has spent the previous 29 years focussing on the British game.

The Game reflects the changing face of the country’s favourite pastime with a particular focus on Huddersfield Town. The largescale photographs are all taken by Stuart who has worked non-stop for over 30 years producing a football portrait of the nation. Clarke has an independent eye but has been supported by all the major football bodies from the 1990s until the present season, a special time for The Terriers.


Title: CHLOE DEWE MATHEWS – IN SEARCH OF FRANKENSTEIN
Venue:  Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1SD
Dates: Until 5 January 2019
Website: www.impressions-gallery.com

From melting glaciers to nuclear bunkers, In Search of Frankenstein reveals the present-day landscape that once inspired Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel. In the bicentennial year of its publication, Impressions Gallery presents a specially-expanded version of Chloe Dewe Mathews’ acclaimed exhibition, first shown at The British Library, London.

Dewe Mathews was inspired by the novel’s genesis in 1816, when Mary was holidaying on the shore of Lake Geneva with her future husband the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and companions including Lord Byron. The peculiar climactic conditions of ‘The Year Without Summer’—the repercussions of a volcanic eruption in the Dutch East Indies—forced Shelley and her companions to remain indoors, competing to write the best ghost story. Despite the efforts of the more experienced male writers, it was the eighteen-year-old Mary who created the monster that would become one of literature’s most enduring creations.

Travelling to Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps two centuries later, Dewe Mathews photographed the snow-covered mountains—not only from the outside, but also from within. Her images reveal a network of eerie subterranean bunkers, built in the Cold War to shelter the entire population of Switzerland in the event of a nuclear disaster. The miles of tunnels and chambers remain equipped and on standby, their curious apparatus evoking the electro-mechanical laboratory of Dr Frankenstein. These images stand in stark contrast to Dewe Mathews’ pale and fragile landscapes of mountains, lakes and glaciers.

Note: Exhibition opening - Friday 5 October 2018, 6pm to 8pm. Join Chloe Dewe Mathews for the launch of her exhibition, with refreshments and book signing. Free event, all welcome.


Title: OLI KELLETT – CROSS ROAD BLUES
Venue:  HackelBury Fine Art, 4 Launceston Place, London W8 5RL
Dates: Until 12 January 2019
Website: www.hackelbury.co.uk

HackelBury Fine Art is pleased to announce British artist Oli Kellett’s first solo exhibition, Cross Road Blues. This exhibition presents large-scale photographs from Kellett’s on-going Cross Road Blues series taken at urban intersections across America.

The series borrows its title from the legendary blues song by Robert Johnson which some claim is a reference to the singer selling his soul to the devil at a Mississippi Delta crossroads. The mythology surrounding Johnson’s song can be interpreted as a cautionary tale of the price paid for the American Dream, and Kellett’s allusion to it leaves the viewer wondering if the figures in his photographs chose their souls or their dreams at their crossroads.

The individuals and small clusters of people waiting in Kellett’s photographs seem to be part of a film set, strangely isolated in typically bustling urban centres and surrounded with cinematographic lighting. Like a film, each person tells a unique story about their American experience. One man waits for a passing school bus before crossing the street with a cast on his right foot (PeachTree St, Atlanta). A family stands together near the corner of the street (Hubbard St, Chicago), possibly deciding whether to walk or take the nearby stairs up to the train. Taken as a whole, the series shows commonalities that all humans share: waiting, thinking, deciding which way to go.


Title: VARIOUS - OUT OF THE ORDINARY
Venue:  Bridewell Theatre Bar Gallery, St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ
Dates: Until 26 January 2019
Website: www.shutterhub.org.uk

We asked photographers to respond to the call of Out of the Ordinary, and the responses were certainly unexpected and curious. We’re excited to share this unordinary exhibition with you at the Bridewell Theatre, a thriving Off-West End venue built over the City of London’s first swimming pool. The exhibition will take place in the charming and quirky theatre bar which was once a dark, damp, steamy laundry in Victorian times.

We’re delighted to be able to announce that the selected photographers exhibiting in Out of the Ordinary are: Christopher Bird, Phillipa Bloom, Matt Dever, Mieke Douglas, Anna Harrison, Pippa Healy, Simon Isaac, Ray Knox, Janet Lees, Anneleen Lindsay, Ioana Marinca, Lisa Mitchell, Natalie Paetzold, Clare Park, Ann Petruckevitch, Christina Reid, Barry Reid, Jo Stapleton, Marianne van Loo and Stephen Williams.


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.


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Title: JIM MORTRAM – SMALL TOWN INERTIA
Venue: Side Gallery, 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JE
Dates: 12 January to 24 March 2019
Website: www.amber-online.com/side-gallery/

Jim Mortram has been photographing the lives of people in his community who, through physical and mental problems and a failing social security system, face isolation and loneliness in their daily lives. His work covers difficult subjects such as disability, addiction and self-harm, but is always with hope and dignity, focusing upon the strength and resilience of the people he photographs.

www.smalltowninertia.co.uk


Title: DON McCULLIN – RETROSPECTIVE
Venue:  Tate Britain
Dates: 5 February to 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: 13 February to 6 May 2019
Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Featuring more than 100 photographs, many of which have never been displayed in Europe before.


Title: FORMAT INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
Venue:  30+ Venues around Derby
Dates: 15 March to 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: 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. (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.


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