UK PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS, TALKS & PHOTO FESTIVALS

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Title: PAUL KENNY – O Hanami - The Celebration of Transient Beauty
Venue:  Gavagan Art, Town Hall, Market Place, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9EJ
Dates: Until 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: CHELSEA GIRLS & LIKELY LADS 
Venue:  Iconic Images Gallery, London, Chelsea, SW10 0AJ
Dates: Until 31 August 2019
Website: www.iconicimages.net

Celebrating the faces that helped make Chelsea famous, Iconic Images Gallery is pleased to announce “Chelsea Girls & Likely Lads”, featuring the photography of Norman Parkinson, Justin de Villeneuve, Michael Ward, Terry O’Neill, Terence Donovan and Douglas Kirkland.

Chelsea became synonymous with establishing a “life is fabulous” philosophy and shone brightly through a decade defined as ‘the swinging sixties’. Iconic’s exhibition ‘Chelsea Girls & Likely Lads’ features the work of these iconic photographers who captured the fame, fashion and fortune of captivating Chelsea during this pivotal era.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Fine-art prints are available for purchase.


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: CINDY SHERMAN – RETROSPECTIVE
Venue:  National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE
Dates: Until 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 26 July to 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.

Opens Friday 26 July 6.30pm to 9pm.


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.


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