PHOTO UCLan students traveled over to Derby on Friday to visit the Format International Photography Festival. The festival featured a varied range of artists and venues around the theme of habitat.
A Photographic Journal of Diversity and Sovereignty by David Foster.
BA Photography student David Foster has documented his travels through Mexico. David was awarded a UCLan travel bursary for the trip, which traces the struggle for independence from colonial rule and visits sites of significance during the early days of Mexican independence.
David captures the rich tapestry of everyday life in Mexico, making connections to the legacy of independence. His images attempt to acknowledge the changes and challenges facing life in a country straddling the boundary between its rich northern neighbours and its cultural ties to the rest of the continent to the south.
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.
As part of Trips Week some students and staff visited Blackpool to view the Haunted House exhibition at the Grundy Art Gallery and produce images In Blackpool around the title ‘pleasure’. Students were given the afternoon to explore the area between South beach and North Pier and produce 3 final images. After a stop off for chips and tea students also did a 20 minute challenge to produce one image containing Tower, Tea and Tourists.
Etalage II With Iris Artistic Platform
Photolink Studio Tour
As Part of trips week PhotoUclan students visited Manchester to visit commercial studios and continue to develop our external professional links, Studio Manager Julian at Photolink very kindly agreed to meet our students and give them a tour of Photolink Studios in Manchester, showing them the huge range of work they undertake and how they manage their impressive studio spaces and image production for their long client list. We also met up with one of our PhotoUclan alumni Josh Jackson who is now a still life Photographer at Photolink Studios.
In the afternoon we visited another of our recent PhotoUclan alumni Liz Ball from Iris Artistic Platform who talked to our students about curating her latest show ‘Etalage ii’ at Awol studios in Manchester which featured work by PhotoUclan Alumni Paul McCrimmon, MA student Kevin Crooks, and staff David Dennison and Mark Reeves.
Liverpool Induction event for 1st Years at UCLan.
Staff and students visited Liverpool during induction week.
Students visited the Open Eye Gallery and discussed the work and the intentions and the themes and ideas explored with the current show ‘Not all Documents are Records: Photographing Exhibitions as an Art Form.
Course Leader John Aitken documented the trip.
Students explored the theme leisure and some of their photographic realisations are here.
We recently embarked on a photography research trip to Blackpool during trips week to continue to explore ideas in the town. These images continue a long standing interest to explore ideas of Blackpool as a town in constant Flux, the contrast between carnival and calm, change and tradition, focusing on architectural spaces along the new promenade developments that have taken place over the last decade.
On Friday 21st March, Under Graduate students from Photography at UCLan went on a study trip to Yorkshire. First stop was the Philip-Lorca Dicorcia exhibition at the The Hepworth Wakefield. Both venue and exhibition were very impressive and it was fantastic to have access to such a large retrospective of this work in an institution outside of London.
We then travelled to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Although emphasis is not on photographic work, the nature of the sculpture on display and the open air context that it is placed in, allowed students to spend time exploring how different weather and lighting conditions changed the way the work is viewed and engaged with.