UK PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS, TALKS & PHOTO FESTIVALS

Please check details like opening times and dates on the venue websites.


Title: MANDY BARKER – OUR PLASTIC OCEAN
Venue:  Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1SD
Dates: Until 21 September 2019
Website: www.impressions-gallery.com

Our Plastic Ocean, by international award-winning photographer Mandy Barker, addresses the current global crisis of marine plastic pollution. Barker collects debris from shorelines across the world and transforms them into powerful and captivating images. The exhibition, which premieres at Impressions Gallery, is the first major touring retrospective of her work.

At first glance, Barker's images are reminiscent of sea creatures and corals suspended in a dark void beneath the sea, but closer inspection reveals a more disturbing reality. From footballs to fishing nets, cotton-buds to coffee-cup lids, Barker highlights the incongruous plastic items now ubiquitous in our seas. Currently, 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year and if these trends continue, our oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050.

From accompanying scientists on an expedition from Hawaii to Japan, tracing the debris of the 2011 Tsunami, to a voyage on board Greenpeace's Beluga II to the Inner Hebrides, Mandy Barker has followed a trail of plastic pollution across the globe. The images resulting from these expeditions have become some of the most recognisable visual commentary on marine plastic pollution.

Our Plastic Ocean spans a decade of Barker’s work including the series Soup, meticulously detailed composite images of discarded plastic objects; Albatross revealing 276 pieces of plastic found inside the stomach of a 90 day old albatross chick; and Beyond Drifting, which sees Barker trace the footsteps of nineteenth century botanist John Vaughan Thompson who collected plankton specimens, the ocean’s most basic life-form.

The exhibition also features notebooks and journals documenting Barker’s voyages and research; a case of sand permeated with microplastics recovered from a Hawaiian beach; and an installation of suspended footballs, crowdsourced from around the world for her 2014 World Cup project Penalty.

Barker says, “For the past decade, I have researched and documented the impact of oceanic waste, combining art and science to raise awareness. I hope to inspire positive action in tackling this increasing environmental challenge which is of global concern”.

Note: Artist’s Talk - 2pm Saturday 13 July, followed by Impression’s Annual Summer Party at 3pm - 5pm.


Title: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Venue:  The Lowry Gallery, Salford
Dates: Until 29 September 2019
Website: www.thelowry.com

A Chance Exhibition

An eclectic and provocative exhibition of work by visual artists who incorporate elements of chance in their work, inspired by John Cage’s hugely influential performance piece 4’ 33”.

Seemingly four and a half minutes of silence, Cage’s work is in fact comprised of all the chance ambient noises from within the auditorium and from the audience – each performance is different to the last.

Expect the Unexpected features artists including Mark Bloomfield, Greig Burgoyne, Joel Goodman, Paul Kenny, Yoko Ono, Eugenie Scrase, Sarah Sze, Merel Theloesen, Keith Tyson and Gillian Wearing – all of whom have also knowingly incorporated an element of chance into their work.

Alongside film, painting, sculpture, performance and photography is a newly commissioned interactive artwork by Manchester’s own Easy Peel, and an opportunity for you to contribute your own unique version of Cage’s 4’ 33”.

Free.


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.

Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11.30am - 4pm, plus Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays in June, July and August.


Title: INSIDE THE OUTSIDE – OUT OF THE WOODS OF THOUGHT
Venue:  Oriel Colwyn, Upstairs at Theatr Colwyn, Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, North Wales LL29 7RU
Dates: Until 7 September 2019
Website: www.inside-the-outside.com

An exhibition of contemporary landscape photography featuring the work of 'Inside the Outside' collective - Al Brydon, Rob Hudson, Stephen Segasby and Joseph Wright.


Title: LOOK PHOTO BIENNIAL 2019 
Venue:  Various venues across Liverpool and Shanghai
Dates: Until 21 December 2019*
Website: www.openeye.org.uk

Focusing on exchange with China, LOOK Photo Biennial 2019 uses the evolving language of photography to unlock international dialogue. The programme sets out to bring different cultures into conversation to reflect on shifting national identities, worldwide environmental issues and how we can communicate effectively. Worldwide, many countries are reinforcing their borders and turning increasingly inwards, but a collective international awareness is also on the rise.

Global issues must be tackled from a sense of global belonging; this edition of LOOK Photo Biennial 2019 seeks to activate this belonging. As a medium, photography is equipped for this: images are shareable, accessible and can transcend borders, languages and cultures.

LOOK Photo Biennial 2019 is formed of two ‘chapters’.

Chapter One: TRANSPLANT - 6 June to 25 September 2019

‘Transplant’ looks at attempts to re-root the past into the present, focusing on the friction between the two.

Chapter Two: TRANSLATE and TRANSITION - 17 October to 21 December 2019

‘Translate’ looks at how the overwhelming present can be broken down and better understood through photography, and ‘Transition’ incorporates projects and talks that can give us the perspective we need to forecast and shape the future.

EXHIBITIONS (see website for venue details and dates)

Liz Hingley 'Shanghai Sacred'

Yan Wang Preston 'Forest'

Tabitha Jussa & John Davies 'Can't see the wood for the trees'

Stephanie Wynne & Stephen McCoy 'Triangulation'

Pauline Rowe & Dave Lockwood 'The Allotments'

'Distinctly' - Martin Parr, Chris Killip, Marketa Luskacova, John Myers, Elaine Constantine, Tish Murtha archive, Daniel Meadows, Ken Grant, Robert Darch & Kirsty Mackay.

LOOK Photo Biennial 2019 takes place across Liverpool, The Wirral, the wider North West and in Shanghai.


Title: SIMON ANNAND  – THE HALF 
Venue:  Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen’s Square, Queen St, Huddersfield HD1 2SP
Dates: Until 29 February 2020
Website: www.thelbt.org

Simon Annand is one of the UK’s leading portrait photographers and has photographed the most recognisable faces of stage, including Maggie Smith, Lenny Henry, Priscilla Presley, Simon Callow, Colin Firth, Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Daniel Craig and Jude Law.

In this new exhibition to celebrate 25 years of the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Simon will showcase 74 photographs playing the most famous stages.

Entry is free. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm (and before shows).


OPENING SOON


Title: MIKE CURRY – ABSTRACTED: ARCHITECTURE 
Venue:  Anise Gallery, 13a Shad Thames, London SE1 2PU
Dates: 19 September to 12 October 2019
Website: www.anise.gallery

Canary Wharf – a mini metropolis, a civic transformation, an urban district, a home… however we describe this unique east London enclave it is undeniably a feat in construction. Having celebrated its 30th birthday only last year the transformation from derelict wasteland to skyscraper city is incredible.

Over the last 6 years Mike Curry has studied the ever changing architectural landscape of Canary Wharf. He has not however sought to visually re-represent the buildings that confront us on a daily basis. Instead he has looked to Canary Wharf’s other identifiable feature, and its raison d’etre; the mass of water that surrounds it.


Title: DISTINCTLY – in association with LOOK PHOTO BIENNIAL 2019
Venue:  Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Slatey Rd, Birkenhead, Wirral CH43 4UE
Dates: 27 September until 24 November
Website: www.williamsonartgallery.org

Distinctly takes a unique approach to the depiction of Britain and its distinct landscapes, industries, social and economic changes, cultural traditions, traits and events as seen through the eyes of ten of the most significant and impactful established and emerging photographers working in Britain over the last six decades: Martin Parr, Chris Killip, Markéta Luskačová, John Myers, Tish Murtha, Daniel Meadows, Ken Grant, Niall McDiarmid, Robert Darch and Kirsty Mackay.

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.

Part of LOOK Photo Biennial 2019, Distinctly is a bridge between chapter one and chapter two of the LOOK programme. This exhibition was first shown in China, at Pingyao Photography Festival.

Free. Open Wednesday to Sunday: 10am to 5pm.


Title: CHRISTOPHER NUNN – BORDERLAND: STORIES FROM DONBAS 
Venue:  Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1SD
Dates: 4 October 2019 to 4 January 2020
Website: www.impressions-gallery.com

Made over a period of six years, Borderland: Stories from Donbas offers a rare glimpse of everyday life in the Donbas region. Situated at the far eastern edge of Ukraine, close to the border of Russia, this region is the site of the only active war zone in Europe. The exhibition is the premiere and first major solo show of award-winning photographer Christopher Nunn.

Nunn ended up in this war zone unexpectedly. In 2013 he travelled to Kalush, Ukraine, in an attempt to learn more about his grandmother who had arrived in the North of England as a displaced person just after World War II. A year later, Nunn was still in Ukraine when the Euromaidan protests started in Kyiv. In the subsequent five years, he has been present during the revolution, the early political chaos and ongoing war.

Christopher is a photographer based in the north of England, who works on personal projects and commissions throughout the UK and internationally. His work has been shown at Saatchi Gallery, London; Klaipeda Exhibition Hall, Lithuania; Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus, Germany; Vyner Street Gallery, London; and Tokyo Institute of Photography, Japan. He was nominated for the Prix Pictet award (2015), selected as one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers (2016), and the winner of a Magenta Foundation Flash Forward (2017).

Most recently he was the recipient of the second Bob & Diane Fund grant for his work on Alzheimer’s, and shortlisted for the Tim Hetherington Visionary Award 2019. His work has been published internationally including i-D, De Correspondent, The Asahi Shimbun Globe, The Financial Times Weekend Magazine, Le Monde, Morgenbladet, The New Yorker, The Sunday Times and The Wall Street Journal. www.christophernunn.co.uk

The official opening is on Thursday 3 October 2019, 6pm to 8pm.


Title: HIP FEST 2019 – Hull International Photography Festival
Venue:  Princes Quay Shopping Centre, HULL
Dates: 4 to 27 October 2019
Website: www.creativeandcultural.com/HIPfest

Exhibitions by award-winning visiting photographers and outstanding local talent, plus other events including masterclasses, photo-walks, discussions and the photography trade-show on the opening weekend. HIPfest opens at 6.30 on the evening of Friday October 4th with a packed weekend programme. Most exhibitions will stay until 27th.

A wristband entry ticket (£5 online or £6 at the venue) gives you access to all exhibitions, discussions, the HIPfest Prize Draw, discounts on site, some great learning opportunities and the ability to purchase workshop & masterclass tickets. Workshops, master-classes and portfolio reviews require individual additional tickets available on the festival website. The PhotoCity Atrium and Open Exhibition are free entry.

SOLO EXHIBITORS:

Homer Sykes 'Retrospective', Rhiannon Adam 'Pitcairn', Peter Dench 'Trans-Siberian World Cup', Claire Armitage 'Internal Voices', Jens Olof Lasthein 'Mike and The Humphrey Brothers' (Rag-and-bone Men In Hull 1991), Tristan Poyser 'The Invisible In-between', Tracey Lund 'The Wildlife Collection', John Bolloten 'Love Story' (Photo North Partnership).

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

Royal Photographic Society IPE 161. Cohere featuring Kani Kamil, Geoff Brokate, James Bellorini & Martha Jurksaitis AKA Cherry KINO with writers Sash Trevett & Abas El Janabi. HIP Club Students, The C.A.L.M Exhibition by Lomography (Campaign Against Living Miserably). Fujiholics Home & Competition Winners. PhotoCity Open.

TALKS & WORKSHOPS:

Saturday 5 October:

Peter Chan - 10am

David Morris - 10.45am

John Bolloten - 11.30am

Rhiannon Adam - 1pm

Brian Griffin - 1pm

Peter Dench - 1.45pm

Homer Sykes - 2.30pm

Claire Armitage - 3.15pm

Steve Cheetham - 3.30pm

Keith Britton (Hull Fair Walk) - 7.15pm to 9pm


Sunday 6 October:

Anna Bean - 10am

Will Slater - 10am

Andrew Chandler - 10.45am

Natasha J Bella - 11am

Cohere Geoff Brokate - midday

Tracy Lund - 1pm

Lee Gale - 2.45pm

Matthew Finn - 4pm


Tuesday 8 October:

David Neve - 7pm


Wednesday 9 October:

Rob Bentley - 6.30pm to 9pm


Saturday 12 October:

Nigel Walker (workshop) - 2pm to 4pm


Tuesday 15 October:

Lance Ostler - 7pm to 9pm

Plus Events - Print Swap, Master Classes, Trade Stands, Photo Walks, Discussions, Book Signings and Portfolio Review. Please check talk and workshop times on the HIP Festival website.


Title: 5th ANNUAL PHOTOBOOK FAIR
Venue:  Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1SD
Dates: Saturday 26 October 2019
Website: www.impressions-gallery.com

Photobook event with publisher stalls, talks, workshops and more.

Note: You will also be able to see the Christopher Nunn exhibition (details above).


Title: PHOTO NORTH FESTIVAL 
Venue:  Harrogate Convention Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate HG1 5NX
Dates: 29 November to 2 December 2019
Website: www.photonorthfestival.co.uk

Following on from the the success of last years Photo North Festival, our full programme for year two is currently in development. Our three main genres this year will focus on Mental Health, Politics of Food and Fashion.

WORLD RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHERS & EMERGING ARTISTS, INCLUDING:

Carolyn Mendelsohn - ‘Being Inbetween’

Craig Easton - ‘Fisherwomen’ and ‘Sixteen’

Document Scotland - Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard, Stephen McLaren and Margaret Mitchell present 'A Contested Land'

Ed Kashi - ‘Images that Resonate’

Jim Mortram - ‘Small Town Inertia’

John Bolloten - ‘Love Story’

Peter Dench - ‘The English Season’ and ‘Trans-Siberian’

For the first time Pink Lady®, Food Photographer of the Year, will be exhibiting at the festival.

Runway Gallery is a fashion focused art gallery and the virtual home of XIII, a new and emerging art movement acclaimed for bringing beauty back into the art scene.

For the last three years, We Feed the World has captured the triumphs and challenges of 50 farming and fishing communities around the world. Collaborating with a team of world-renowned photographers, these extraordinary images and their stories put the spotlight on the farmers who really do feed the world.

Gallery of the People.

PLUS: Film Screenings | Talks | Q&A's | Workshops | Book signings | Meet the Artist | Live Pop-up Portrait Session | Student Competition | Live music | Indie Market Stall Traders | Portfolio reviews | Food & licensed bar.


PHOTO NORTH FESTIVAL TICKETS:

1) 'EARLY BIRD' OFFERS (book before 30 Sep 2019):

a) Student Day Ticket = £5 (+ 98p booking fee)

b) Student 3 Day Ticket = £10 (+ £1.37p booking fee)

c) Day Ticket = £7.50 (+ £1.18 booking fee)

d) 3 Day Ticket = £15 (+ £1.76p booking fee)

2) FULL PRICE TICKETS (sales from 1 October 2019):

a) Student Day Ticket = £7.50 (+ £1.18 booking fee)

b) Student 3 Day Ticket = £15 (+ £1.76 booking fee)

c) Day Ticket = £10 (+ £1.37 booking fee)

d) 3 Day Ticket = £20 (+ £2.15 booking fee)

Important: See festival website to book tickets, check talk times and get the latest information.


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