UK PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS & TALKS

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


Title: TOM WOOD, KEN GRANT & TABITHA JUSSA - COMMON GROUND
Venue:  The Colonades, Unit 7, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AA
Dates: Until 16 July 2018
Website: www.fotoocto.com

As part of The Art of Football Festival, this exhibition seeks to explore the ritualistic behaviour of football fan culture and its development from the game of the working class in the 1980s to the riches of the Premier League today.

Curated by Foto Octo, it captures the work of three photographers across different decades and offers a unique insight into how the community has evolved alongside the might of the now multi-million pound football industry. The photographers are Tom Wood whose retrospective spans 40 years, Ken Grant who has been capturing football inspired images since he was a teenager and Tabitha Jussa who examines what it means to be a football supporter in Liverpool.


Title: YAN WANG PRESTON - FOREST
Venue: Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7AP
Dates: Until 22 July 2018
Website: www.hebdenbridgeartsfestival.co.uk

Yan Wang Preston is a British-Chinese artist interested in how landscape photography can reveal the hidden complexities behind the surface of physical landscapes. Her major projects include Mother River (2010-14) and Forest (2010-17). Forest won 1st Prize at the 2017 Syngenta Photography Award and monographs of both major works are being published by Hatje Cantz this year.


Title: INTERNATIONAL GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Venue: York Museum Gardens, Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR
Dates: Until 7 August 2018
Website: www.yorkmuseumgardens.org.uk

International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world’s most prestigious photographic competition and exhibition for garden, plant and botanical photography. 

IGPOTY aims to:

• Showcase the beauty and importance of a green planet.
• Champion photography both as an art form and as a mode of communication.
• Help strengthen the bond between people, plants, gardens and nature.
• Broaden public understanding of the natural world.

The exhibition at York will feature the IGPOTY outdoor structure which consists of 12 x 1.8 x 1.8m panels. Images on display will feature the finest images of plant life, gardens and green space in the world and will seek to celebrate the beauty and importance of a green planet.

A book accompanying the exhibition will be available to buy from the Yorkshire Museum and York Art Gallery. Admission is free.


Title: LUCY SAGGERS - OF LIFE AND LAND
Venue: The Witham, Barnard Castle, County Durham
Dates: Until 4 August 2018
Website: www.thewitham.org.uk

Of Life and Land is a curated collection of black and white photographs by Lucy Saggers. Evoking the essence of relationships and community, the exhibition shows works from Lucy’s ongoing documentary project set in the village of Ampleforth, on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park.

Taken over the last four years, Lucy says her work “seeks to shine a light on the sense of continuity that still exists in rural communities, and the way a piece of country is stitched into people’s lives despite today’s fast-changing times.”

Lucy’s ‘everyday’ scenes captured over the last four years were described by LensCulture magazine as “visually and thematically beautiful” and as “possessing such consciousness for texture, generosity of spirit, grasping always for the light and for humility” by the Yorkshire Art Journal.


Title: ABOUT THE NORTH: IMAGINED DIALOGUES
Venue:  Side Gallery, 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE
Dates: Until 9 September 2018
Website: www.amber-online.co

Side is dedicated to showing the best in humanist documentary photography: rich, powerful and challenging work engaged with people’s lives and landscapes, telling stories that often get marginalised, whether they are from the North East of England or anywhere else in the world.

FREE ENTRY. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm.


Title: DAVID HURN - MAGNUM SWAPS
Venue: Martin Parr Foundation, 316 Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol BS4 3AR
Dates: Until 15 September 2018
Websitewww.martinparrfoundation.org

With a career spanning over six decades, Magnum photographer David Hurn is a patron of documentary photography. One of the first emails a new Magnum nominee will receive is from David Hurn, inviting them to swap a print; they select their favourite Hurn image and vice versa. Hurn has amassed more than 600 prints, dating from the 19th century to the present day.

Martin Parr curated an exhibition of swaps originally shown in 2017 at Photo London. The Martin Parr Foundation will exhibit highlights from this show, including works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alec Soth, Elliott Erwitt and Newsha Tavakolian.


Title: TISH MURTHA - WORKS 1976 - 1991
Venue: The Photographers Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW
Dates: Until 10 October 2018
Website: www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

The exhibition charts the remarkable accomplishments of documentary photographer Tish Murtha (1956 - 2013) and offers a tender and frank perspective on a historic moment of social deprivation and instability in Britain. 

The exhibition surveys six major bodies of work; Newport Pub (1976/78); Elswick Kids (1978); Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979); Youth Unemployment (1980); London by Night (1983) and Elswick Revisited (1987 – 1991) using both vintage and contemporary prints. In addition, the exhibition will also include personal letters and ephemeral material from the Tish Murtha Archive.


Title: ALEX PRAGER - SILVER LAKE DRIVE
Venue: The Photographers Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW
Dates: Until 14 October 2018
Website: www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Silver Lake Drive is a major new exhibition marking the first mid-career survey of American photographer and filmmaker, Alex Prager (b.1979). 

Tracing Prager’s remarkably rich career over the last ten years and taking place over two gallery floors, the exhibition encompasses over 40 photographs including her trademark, large-scale Technicolor photographs alongside her complete film works.

Prager’s distinctive works cross the worlds of art, fashion, photography and film, exposing the human melodrama and dark unsettling undercurrents that are threaded through her subject matter. Referencing the aesthetic principals of mid twentieth century Hollywood cinema and fashion photography, as well as such photographers as William Eggleston, Diane Arbus and Cindy Sherman, each of her images is packed with a multitude of emotional layers and narrative possibilities


Title: THE SHAPE OF LIGHT - 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art
Venue: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Dates: Until 14 October 2018
Website: www.tate.org.uk

For the first time, Tate Modern tells the intertwined stories of photography and abstract art.

The birth of abstract art and the invention of photography were both defining moments in modern visual culture, but these two stories are often told separately. 

Shape of Light is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between the two, spanning the century from the 1910s to the present day. It brings to life the innovation and originality of photographers over this period, and shows how they responded and contributed to the development of abstraction. 

Key photographs are brought together from pioneers including Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz, major contemporary artists such as Barbara Kasten and Thomas Ruff, right up to exciting new work by Antony Cairns, Maya Rochat and Daisuke Yokota, made especially for the exhibition.

Admission £18 (£16 Advance booking)


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Title:  MODERN NATURE: British Photographs from the Hyman Collection
Venue:  The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW
Dates:  13 July 2018 to 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: MARTIN PARR, KEN GRANT & TOM WOODNEW BRIGHTON REVISITED
Venue:  The Sailing School, Marine Point, New Brighton, Wirral CH45
Dates: 14 July until 25 August 2018

This group show brings together for the first time the New Brighton pictures of internationally renowned British photographers Martin Parr, Ken Grant and Tom Wood. Showing in the town from which the pictures stemmed, this innovative exhibition records three decades of New Brighton through the eyes of the three photographers as they lived and worked in the town.


Title: PAUL KENNY - MAPPING THE STRANDLINE
Venue:  Argentea Gallery, 28 St Paul’s Square, Birmingham B3 1RB
Dates: 27 July to 8 September 2018
Website: www.argenteagallery.co

Paul Kenny makes deliberately enigmatic images that reveal the breathtaking beauty of the commonplace.

Mapping the Strandline comprises both new and as yet unseen work, together with a selection of prints from his acclaimed Seaworks series.

Working without a camera Kenny creates abstract compositions on small glass plates with objects found on beaches all over the world but especially near his home in Northumberland. Each plate is then scanned to produce large-scale photographs rich with opalescent colours, which take on the form of imagined landscapes. There is a pure beauty in his prints due to their direct relationship with the objects they depict.  They show every detail, far beyond what can be captured through traditional photographic methods.

Building on themes of fragility and transience in the landscape, Kenny’s work deals with the universal through abstraction.  Through his unique vision, each image avoids representing anything in particular and aims to evoke rather than describe. They are not to be seen as windows on the world, but rather as fragments of the world itself with their own colour, texture, shape and provenance.

Born and educated in Salford, Kenny completed his Fine Art Degree at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1975. In 2004 he returned to North Northumberland where he now lives and works. In 2000 he was made a Fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation and now spends time annually at their facility in North West Mayo, Ireland. His work is collected internationally and is held in major public and private collections including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, the National Photography Collection, Bradford and the National Gallery of Scotland.

www.paul-kenny.co.uk


Title: BRITISH LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Venue: The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 5SG
Dates: 28 July to 9 September 2018
Website: www.blpawards.org

A showcase of contemporary and imaginative images that capture the essence and spirit of British life. The awards are a unique visual celebration of British life, in all its richness and diversity, creating an enduring visual record of the spirit and essence of our nation and its people at work, play and in the community. Whether an intimate portrait, a poignant moment, or sequence of innovative and illuminating images that tell an important story.

There are ten categories covering everything from street life, rural life, portraiture to Brits on holiday and a special award for the best documentary feature. www.tennantsgardenrooms.com


Title: THROUGH THE LENS FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Venue: St Mary In The Castle, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3AF
Dates: 31 August to 8 September 2018
Website: www.ttlfest.co.uk

Through The Lens is a seven-day photographic festival. This is a must-see event for any photographer, photo-enthusiast, keen amateur or anyone who wants to see the world through a different lens.

We’ve created a magical festival that has a mix of world-class guest speakers, including Peter Dench, JJ Waller, Anthony Penrose, Mark Power and Martin Parr.

With new emerging photographic talent exhibiting alongside well-established photographers where viewers can see contemporary photography and reportage all under one roof. We have also thrown in a dose of British seaside charm.


Title: THE EYE FESTIVAL
Venue: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth SY23 3DE
Dates: 5 to 7 October 2018
Website: www.theeyefestival.co

The idea for The Eye Festival came to Welsh photojournalist Glenn Edwards while covering The International Ceramics Festival, a bienial event at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Our 2018 speaker programme over the Saturday and Sunday has been the big talking point amongst attendees of past EYE Festivals and we think we've risen to the challenge again. Our roster includes the much respected UK street portrait photographer Niall McDiarmid (now showing at The Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol), award-winning photojournalists Danilo Balduci and Kate Holt, wet-plate photographer Kazia Wozniak, photo editor Neil Bennet from Australia, and artist/photographer Helen Marshall.


Title: HIP FEST 2018 (Hull International Photography Festival)
Venue: HIP Gallery & other venues
Dates: Open Friday 5 October 2018
Website: www.HIPgallery.co.uk

HIP Fest is an annual event where the art of photography is recognised and celebrated. An event where professionals come to exhibit, network, sell work, exchange ideas, and meet contacts. But also as an opportunity for the newly qualified, amateur and emerging photographer of any age & ability to immerse themselves in the world of photography, share their passion and showcase their work alongside the best in the world.

Our first confirmed exhibitions for this year are:
Brian Griffin - POP
Marlylin Stafford - A Retrospective

We also have our first special guest speaker confirmed, Sean Tucker.

Plus, we are delighted to announce that PhotoCity Expo will be coming to the festival in partnership with Fujiholics. After the success of PhotoCity London 2017 we know that this will be a fabulous show in the Princes Quay events space.

Full programme coming soon on www.HIPgallery.co.uk


Saturday 20 October 2018

Bradford's Impressions Gallery is holding it's 4th PHOTOBOOK FAIR on Saturday 20 October 2018.

Open 11am to 4.30pm. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to browse and buy a great range of self-published photobooks and zines, including newly published work and rare publications.

Artist Talk: Yan Wang Preston (time to be announced)

Yan Wang Preston will be speaking at this year's Photobook Fair. Yan currently has a Kickstarter campaign to produce her Mother River photobook. Mother River is a photographic odyssey taking the viewer on a journey along the entire length of the Yangtze.

Additional information:  www.impressions-gallery.com


Title: PHOTO NORTH FESTIVAL ( HARROGATE )
Venue: Harrogate Convention Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate HG1 5LA
Dates: 9 to 11 November 2018
Website: www.photonorthfestival.co.uk

Peter Dench and Sharon Price ( The Curators ) are delighted to announce the inaugural Photo North Festival, a three-day photographic festival in Harrogate. The event is for the professional photographer, photo-enthusiast, keen amateur and anyone who wishes to engage with the medium. There will be an exciting array of exhibitions, workshops, portfolio reviews, seminars and book signings from some of the world's most inspiring photographers.

The organisers are pleased to announce Reuters global photojournalists are the latest to sign up to the festival, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of image makers with portfolio reviews and motivational, inspirational presentations over the three-day event. 

Reuters award-winning photojournalists explore important stories and diverse cultures through captivating images and visual storytelling, covering a variety of assignments from sports, fashion and daily life to society, politics and conflict. Reporting from nearly 200 locations, their global network of 600 photographers produces over 1,600 news images each day, offering a unique window into the world by capturing the essence, authenticity and significance of international events.

Festival Director, Peter Dench, said, “This major international name is another great occasion to visit Photo North and we know the public will be enthralled with the magnitude and significance of ethical image capture in shaping our understanding of the world, our culture and social climate.”

Senior Reporter, Yannis Behrakis, from Reuters said “In the global 24/7 fast-news environment, the demand for authentic and high-quality images has never been more crucial. Photo North will offer upcoming photojournalists an invaluable take on their existing work, with some extraordinary shots and the stories they tell providing fuel to better understand what separates professional photojournalism from more ubiquitous photography.”

Reuters joins a sensational line-up that includes iconic names Tom Stoddart, Jane Hilton, Tom Oldham, Paula Bronstein, Jenny Matthews and Anastasia Taylor Lind

Note: Harrogate Photographic Society will be exhibiting at St Peter's Church in Harrogate town centre ( 9 to 18 November ). Our exhibition theme is Yorkshire and will feature landscapes, portraits and images that reflect all aspects of life in Yorkshire. 


OPENING IN 2019...


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.