UK PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS & TALKS

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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: ROBERT BLOMFIELD – EDINBURGH STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
Venue:  City Art Centre, Edinburgh
Dates: Until 17 March 2019
Website: www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk

Robert Blomfield practised street photography across the UK from the 1950s to the 1970s, beginning in Edinburgh, where he studied medicine. He adopted an unobtrusive fly-on-the-wall approach, seeking interesting or amusing scenes in the rapidly changing post-war period. An engaging manner and healthy disrespect for authority allowed him to get close to a myriad of subjects, taking photographs that are in turn tender, bold and humorous.

A subsequent medical career meant that Blomfield’s vast collection of striking images - which carry echoes of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Vivian Maier - remained largely unseen, until a stroke forced him to put down his camera in 1999. Timed to coincide with his 80th birthday, this first large-scale display of his photographs will provide an opportunity for Blomfield to receive the recognition he rightly deserves.


Title: JIM MORTRAM – SMALL TOWN INERTIA
Venue: Side Gallery, 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JE
Dates: Until 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:  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: TISH MURTHA – YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT & ELSWICK KIDS
Venue:  The Gallery at 164, Munro House, Leeds LS9 8AG
Dates: 2 to 28 February 2019
Website: www.leedsgallery.com

Patricia Anne 'Tish' Murtha was a British social documentary photographer best known for documenting marginalised communities, social realism and working class life in Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East of England.

In 1976, aged 20, Tish left home to study at the School of Documentary Photography at Newport College of Art, newly set up by Magnum Photos member David Hurn. After graduating in 1978, she returned to Newcastle and set out to document “marginalized communities from the inside” - unlike other photographers who came to document social poverty in the region at the time, Tish didn’t just document it, she actually lived it, as the third of ten children brought up in Elswick, she captured the lives of her friends, family and the community around her while herself on a job scheme for the unemployed.

Tish was embedded, passionate, activated and raw. Her position was both as documentarist and insider. She was deeply engaged with the community she photographed, and enraged by the political landscape of the time. The images from Elswick come from a place of anger and love, anger at the situation and love for the people.

Tish's interest in photography was always on a practical level, she loved to photograph people and was always very interested in them. She didn’t get the level of intimacy and humanity in her images by being an opportunist, she found she had a gift and a strong social conscience, and really believed she could help change things and make people take notice by stimulating discussions on real issues through her photography.

Tish sadly died on March 13th 2013 the day before what would have been her 57th birthday, after suffering a sudden brain aneurysm. As an organ donor she went on to save the lives of four women and eyesight of four men.

Two books Youth Unemployment and Elswick Kids have been posthumously published by her daughter Ella Murtha through Bluecoat Press and will be available for purchase.

www.tishmurtha.co.uk

This event is proudly presented by PHOTO NORTH FESTIVAL


Title: DON McCULLIN – RETROSPECTIVE
Venue:  Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
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: GRAHAM COOK – INNERVISIBLE – The World Within : The World Without
Venue:  Joe Cornish Galleries, Zetland Street, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1NA
Dates: 9 March to 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: 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