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: 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)


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.


OPENING SOON


Title: IAN BEESLEY – BIG BIG CAMERA
Venue:  Salts Mills, Victoria Road, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA
Dates: 24 September 2018 to TBC 2019
Website: www.saltsmill.org.uk

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Title: WILLIAM WEGMAN – POLAROIDS
Venue:  Huxley-Parlour, 3 - 5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE
Dates: 26 September to 20 October 2018
Website: www.huxleyparlour.com

Opening in September William Wegman: Polaroids will showcase the artist's 20x24 inch Polaroids of his Weimaraners, Wegman's lifelong muses. These unique prints will be exhibited in the UK for the first time. 


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


Title: CHLOE DEWE MATHEWS – IN SEARCH OF FRANKENSTEIN
Venue:  Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1SD
Dates: 5 October 2018 to 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: STEVE GOSLING – A BEAUTIFUL SILENCE
Venue:  Joe Cornish Galleries, Zetland Street, Northallerton DL6 1NA
Dates: 12 October to 15 November 2018
Website: www.joecornishgallery.co.uk

In November 2016 Steve Gosling travelled to South Georgia & Antarctica. This exhibition and the accompanying book tell the photographic story of Steve’s incredible journey to the end of the world.


Title: 4th PHOTOBOOK FAIR
Venue:  Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1SD
Dates: Saturday 20 October 2018
Website: www.impressions-gallery.com

Bradford's Impressions Gallery is holding it's 4th PHOTOBOOK FAIR. 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. Open 11am to 4.30pm

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.


Title: MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Venue:  Huxley-Parlour, 3 - 5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE
Dates: 24 October to 12 November 2018
Website: www.huxleyparlour.com

Our annual exhibition focuses on works and artists that have impacted the history of photography. This year the exhibition will include works by Alfred Eisenstaedt, David Goldblatt, Irving Penn, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bill Brandt and Daido Moriyama


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. 


Title: MILES ALDRIDGE & TODD HIDO
Venue:  Huxley-Parlour, 3 - 5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE
Dates: 15 November to 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. 


OPENING IN 2019...


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: 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.


Title: LOOK INTERNATIONAL PHOTO BIENNIAL
Venue:  TBA, Liverpool
Dates: TBA 2019
Website: www.lookphotofestival.com

The biennial includes a huge exhibition called Distinctly, which is curated by Open Eye Gallery’s Tracy Marshall. The exhibition takes a cool look at life in Britain and features work by 12 documentary photographers – Martin Parr, Chris Killip, Daniel Meadows, John Myers, Markéta Luskačová, Tish Murtha, Ken Grant, Paul Seawright, Niall McDiarmid, Robert Darch, Elaine Constantine and Kirsty MacKay.

The exhibition “takes a unique approach to the depiction of Britain and its distinct landscapes, industries, social and economic changes, cultural traditions, traits and events” over the last six decades says Marshall. “The exhibition looks at the gentle, the humorous, the starkness, the beauty, and the realities experienced and captured by the photographers around their lives living and working in Britain,” she adds.

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