Last week as part of the ‘Great Northern Creative Festival’ Photo UCLAN held our annual fieldwork photography Symposium, this year focussing on Documentary Photography.
We had a fantastic line up of speakers giving their perspectives on the vast and changing landscape of documentary concerns and practices, practitioners; Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Al Baker, Christopher Bethell, Evelina Simkute, John Darwell, Daniel Tierney, presenting their projects and methodologies as well as, contemporary theoretical debates and discussions from Thomas Dukes curator of the Open Eye gallery and photographer / author David Bate.
Thank you from everyone at Photo Uclan to all our speakers for your sharing your projects, passions and perspectives with us it was a fascinating, insightful day.
Images by Kenny Brown
Photo UCLAN lecturer and MA Course Leader, Brian J Morrison is producing a new exhibition in collaboration with Artist Emily Warner and contemporary art critic Jonathan P Watts as part of four week public art program, DOMINO in Norwich.
DOMINO is proposed as the first of a sequence of SAVORR led programmes that will launch a self-supporting network with other regional art scenes. Here, two artists from Birmingham, Brian J Morrison and Emily Warner, have been invited to create new work for the first floor of The Shoe Factory. Working in dialogue with contemporary art critic Jonathan P. Watts, the progression of the invited artists’ ideas will be documented and such material will be on display for visitor insight and discussion.
Resist, resist release, will see Brian and Emily work collaboratively to produce works informed by crossovers in their practice. Both Artists are interested in the body and its relationship to art and will develop a response to each other and the exhibition space.
As part of the exhibition Brian and Emily will be acting as judges for a film/moving image open call. To submit to this please follow the link below.
More information and documentation of the project will be updated on the SAVORR webspace during the production week.
Preston, 9th November 2016
Hosted by the Photography Research Group, the Fieldwork Photography Symposium explored a range of discourses exploring the ‘Urban Image’. The day was chaired by John van Aitken, MA Course Leader and Academic Lead for the school of Journalism, Media and Performance.
Speakers on the day included:
Theo Simpson – An Exploration of How the North of England Can Be Conceived and Encoded
Valentina Anzoise – Fringescapes: Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City
Followed by and Q &A with J Purcell (UClan Photography Research Group)
Glass Ball Collective – David Ball and Cora Ball talked about their work at Skelmersdale New Town.
Laetitia Vancon – Photography and Gentrification
Followed by and Q&A with Brian J Morrison (UClan Photography Research Group)
Kevin Crooks – UClan Alumni and DBACE winner 2016
Eugenie Shingle – Gabriele Basilico and the New Topographics aesthetic
Jerome Krase – “Seeing the Image of the City Change, Again”
Q&A: Led by Erik Knudsen (Professor of Media Practice UCLan) & Gary Bratchford (UCLan Photography Research Group) with closing statements from John van Aitken
Other events during the symposium were a Pop-up Portrait studio using a 10×8 negatives facilitated with Adam Mead in collaboration with BA students from years 1-3
UCLan lecturer and photographer Jonathan Purcell in collaboartion with the Mixed Pickles collective screened their most recent project Fenstergeschichten (Windowstories) on the weekend of the 25th Sept in Neukölln.
Participants from the film and local residents gathered in the street for a street party, food and to Filmpremiere.
The short film explore the personal stories of the locals living in Neukölln, Berlin.
BA and MA Photography lecturer, Brian J Morrison will be showing some new and existing works at this years Manchester Contemporary with two exhibition spaces based in the North West.
Alongside artists, Deborah Bowmann, Holly Hendry and Mollie Milton, Brian will make up a quartet of artists represented by Manchester based curatorial collective Collar. Work from Brian’s exhibition Tension at The Birley, Preston will also feature in a booth curated by the Harris Museum’s Clarrisa Corfe.
The Manchester Contemporary runs from 23rd to 25th September with a preview on the 22nd.
UCLan’s PR1 Gallery will host a photographic exhibition on the theme of ‘the urban image’ this November to accompany the Fieldwork Photography Symposium on November 9th.
The exhibition so far has work by Tabitha Jussa, the arts collective Glass Ball, Deutsche Bank award winner Kevin Crooks and the members of UCLan’s Photography Research Group as well as many more.
Currently there is an open call for photographic submissions which will end September 30th. If you’re interested in having your work displayed in the show please e-mail JPurcell@uclan.ac.uk or JAitken@uclan.ac.uk with a selection of images.
Submissions should be in a j-peg format with the longest edge no longer than 2000 pixels. Please include a brief synopsis of the work. Note all work must have been shot in 2016.
Third year BA Photography Lecturer Brian J Morrison will tonight see his art work exhibited in an international photography festival in Poland. Warsaw Photodays is showcasing a number of interesting projects which deal with the expanding field of photography and the theme of Testosterone.
Brian will be exhibiting a piece he produced in 2014 entitled Ripped, Chiseled and Rock Hard, a series of large photographic sculptures of bodies appropriated from the advertising imagery of Muscle and Fitness Magazine during the 1980’s.
This will be Brian’s first European exhibition, having presented his work already across the UK and Ireland.
Lecturer Adam Mead has recently produced an interview with Thomas Demand for American Suburb X.
Demand discusses his new publication, The Dailies (2015) by MACK, detailing amongst other issues his intentions behind the work.
We recently launched our new publication NORTH at several locations around the UK, Preston, Leeds @ village bookstore and finally at the Photographers Gallery in London (pictured here).
The publication is a new concept in showing photographic work challenging the traditional format of a degree show, as well as featuring student work it also profiles staff research projects and features Uclan Alumni. The launch events were a big success thankyou to everyone who attended and to all of you who bought copies of North, we hope you enjoyed the magazine.
Finally a big thanks to all our Launch partners Village Bookstore and the Photographers Gallery for help and support.
Copies of NORTH are available online through Village bookstore http://www.villagebookstore.co.uk/products/north-volume-1/ , and in the photographers gallery bookshop.
Last week staff at UCLAN visited the 56th International Art Exhibition titled All The World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor and organized by la Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.
89 National Participations are exhibiting in the historical Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city of Venice.