UK PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS, TALKS & PHOTO FESTIVALS

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Title: BLAST! PHOTO FESTIVAL 
Venue:  Various venues around 6 towns around Sandwell (Birmingham)
Dates: Until 29 June 2019
Website: www.blastphotofestival.com

The Blast! Festival invited 40 outstanding photographers and artists and curators to showcase work, develop projects and collaborate with communities to present stories about everyday life.

With exhibitions, film screenings, events, talks and walks, Blast! will be presented on the streets, the Metro line, in shops, libraries and pubs, on historic buildings and in community halls. The festival takes place over six weeks in each of Sandwell’s six distinct towns:

West Bromwich: Dawinder Bansal, Stephen Burke, The Caravan Gallery, Chantal Rens, Annegien Van Doorn, Girl Gaze, Rob Hewitt, Bethany Kane, Erik Kessels, Jan McCullough, Niall McDiarmid, Sandwell Stories, Czesław Siegieda, Jon Tonks and Nilupa Yasmin.

Tipton: Faye Claridge, Liz Hingley, Erik Kessels and Laura Pannack.

Rowley Regis: A selection of Martin Parr's photographs from Black Country Stories will be exhibited at the Cradley Heath Creative Arts Festival. Vicky Roden.

Oldbury: Rob Clayton, Kate Jackson, Inka & Niclas Lindergård and Mark Murphy.

Smethwick: Jaskirt Boora, Anand Chhabra, Billy Dosanjh, Andrew Jackson, Black Country Sikhs and Sound Kitchen.

Wednesbury: Five Decades of Self Portrait, Niall McDiarmid and Trevor Pitt.

Free.


Title: FAY GODWIN & STEVE GITTNER – What Remains: Revisiting ‘Elmet’ forty years on
Venue:  Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St. George's Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 7BY
Dates: Until 30 June 2019
Website: www.hebdenbridgeartsfestival.co.uk

“Throughout my lifetime, since 1930, I have watched the mills of the region and their attendant chapels die. Within the last fifteen years the end has come. They are now virtually dead, and the population of the valley and the hillsides, so rooted for so long, is changing rapidly.” Ted Hughes, preface to Remains of Elmet, 1979

In the late 1970s, photographer Fay Godwin explored the Calder Valley and surrounding area with her camera and captured the landscape at a turning point. Her photographs were both picturesque and brooding; showing the contrast between the wild moorlands and the post-industrial townscapes which in some way defines the area. The photographs inspired a series of Ted Hughes poems and both were published collectively as ‘Remains of Elmet’ in 1979.

Forty years have past since then and the valley and communities have seen significant changes occur. Despite Hughes’ doubts, the towns and communities have survived and continue to evolve; the landscape we experience today has largely healed itself, re-greening over the scars and damage left by intensive industry.

In 2017, Steve Gittner, began retracing Godwin’s steps with a copy of ‘Remains of Elmet’ as reference, initially as a way of exploring the landscape he only partially knew and later as a bit of a completist obsession. By tracking down the locations, stepping into the frame and capturing the same original view which Godwin had forty years earlier, Steve’s photographs help to highlight the changes that have occurred as well as signalling the reliable constants which help to measure the evolution of the place.

The exhibition is primarily a celebration of the 40th anniversary of ‘Remains of Elmet’ and a fabulous opportunity to see a selection of the original photographs on show again. These are hung alongside Gittner’s ‘re-visited’ series to allow the visitor to lean in a little, look at the captured landscape which normally backdrops their ‘everyday’ and remember as time passes that some things change and others remain.

Free.


Title: DAVID SEVERN – Thanks, Maggie & Newstead Youth Centre Portraits
Venue:  Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire NG15 8NA
Dates: Until 7 July 2019
Website: www.newsteadabbey.org.uk

Nottingham based photographer David Severn presents a lesser-known view of Newstead and Nottinghamshire. Through his earnest and sensitively observed photographs and portraits, David shows his interest in two parallel worlds which are situated beside each other, where an ancient priory wall acts as a dividing line between two contrasting but equally significant tales of Nottinghamshire’s history.

Since Newstead Colliery closed in 1987, now replaced by a sprawling country park, the loss of the pit has left a lasting legacy upon the residents. Despite this, the younger generation show a deep affection towards Newstead Village. Guided by the young people themselves, Newstead Youth Centre Portraits lead us through the local streets and play areas. This is their Newstead, their turf, and they are proud of it.

Further afield across Nottinghamshire, other pit closures left many open wounds for the former the coal miners and their families. In Thanks, Maggie, David Severn explores these abandoned coalfields to observe the communities left behind, and discover how some traditions still remain in the social clubs that his own pit-working father and grandfather may have frequented. Vivid echoes of the collieries remain, as does the bitter lament of the Miner’s Strike of 1984-85 that runs through the stories, music and veins of contemporary life.


Title: IAN BEESLEY – GRAFTERS: INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY IN IMAGE AND WORD
Venue:  National Coal Mining Museum, Caphouse Colliery, New Rd, Overton, Wakefield WF4 4RH
Dates: Until 1 September 2019
Website: www.ncm.org.uk

The National Coal Mining Museum is thrilled to be the new home of Ian Beesley’sGrafters: Industrial Society in image and word’, an exhibit that explores scenes of industrial life in 19th, 20th and 21st century Britain.

After having been seen by 60,753 people while at the Peoples History Museum in Manchester, it then went on to be displayed at Bradford Industrial Museum, with over 100,000 now having viewed the exhibit. And now you can!

The images see the role of industrial workers change from objects to subjects, from units of scale to heroes. Latterly workers became the photographers themselves, directing and shooting pictures of their own lives, seen through their own lens.


Title: IAN BEESLEY – BIG BIG CAMERA
Venue:  Gallery 2 at Salts Mills, Victoria Road, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA
Dates: Until September 2019
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.


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: 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.


OPENING 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: MANDY BARKER – OUR PLASTIC OCEAN
Venue:  Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1SD
Dates: 29 June to 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 Reception - 3pm Saturday 13 July


Title: PAUL KENNY – O Hanami - The Celebration of Transient Beauty
Venue:  Gavagan Art, Town Hall, Market Place, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9EJ
Dates: 13 July to 17 August 2019
Website: www.gavaganart.com

A small exhibition to coincide with the publication of Paul Kenny's new book O Hanami - The Celebration of Transient Beauty. The show will include some vintage silver gelatin prints from Paul’s archive.

Note: The galleries usual opening hours are Thursday to Saturday, 11am - 4pm. For up-to-date information on opening times please telephone: 07799797961.


Title: HIP FEST 2019 – Hull International Photography Festival
Venue:  HULL
Dates: 4 to 27 October 2019
Website: www.hipfest.co.uk

Exhibiting artists for 2019 include Homer Sykes, Rhiannon Adam, Peter Dench, Claire Armitage, Tracey Lund, Faye and Trevor ER Yerbury and the RPS IPE Exhibition. There will also be trade stands, photo walks, discussions and workshops.


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.


Title: PHOTO NORTH FESTIVAL 
Venue:  TBA
Dates: 29 November to 1 December 2019
Website: www.photonorthfestival.co.uk

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.

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.

MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS TO FOLLOW.


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