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Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina – Deleting Memory opening at Pop Recs Ltd

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14 November 5-7pm
Venue: Pop Recs Ltd, 51 Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RS.

Join us this Thursday for the opening of  ’Deleting Memory’ an exhibition of work created by Tita Salina, Irwan Ahmett and 10 residents of Sunderland.  Tita and Irwan will introduce the project and also launch a small urban game for Sunderland! Free refreshments, all welcome and booking is not required.

In their new project Deleting Memory commissioned for The Social: encountering photography, Indonesian-based artists Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina set out to explore the relationship between the city and its citizens. Using photography as their primary device, they seek to uncover and playfully intervene in everyday patterns of memory. As visitors to Sunderland, they have invited 10 residents to work with them in a process of swapping and deleting photographic memories of the city.

Exhibition runs 15 Nov-24 Nov.

Supported by the Ford Foundation and NEPN.
http://titasalina.com/ http://www.irwanahmett.com/en/

Image credit: Tita Salina and Irwan Ahmett, concept image for Deleting Memory

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Mark Henderson – Steels Social Club Residency Social Morning

The Concert Room

15 November 11am-1pm
Venue: Steels Social Club concert room, 1 Peacock St W, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR4 6LQ

Join us this Friday for a presentation of findings as part of Mark Hendersons residency at Steels Social Club.

Working with both photography and video the exploration Mark has created a series of images and video interviews featuring a wide and varied cross section of the community that have a cultural/social connection to the space, to provide an insight into the lives that have been played out within the room.

http://markhenderson.info/

SOCIAL NETWORKING (Old School Style!)

Thursday 14 November, 7.00-9.00pm.

Independent (Lounge), 27-28 Holmeside, Sunderland SR1 3JE

Join us for an informal social in the pub including viewing inspirational work from international photography festivals including Photo Quai, Noorderlicht and Singapore International Photography Festival.

Free event, no booking required.

Image credit: Haley Austin’s ‘You are the Company in Which You Keep’ photographed by Karolina Maciagowska.

‘Nobody told us about it’: Socialising photo-history

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Not Our Class, issue #1, 2012. Edited by Louise Shelley and published by Studio Voltaire

Friday 8 November 2013, 1.30-5.00pm.  Book HERE

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, City Library and Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE

Panel discussion convened by Laura Guy, PhD Candidate, Manchester School of Art with support from NEPN. Speakers include Noni Stacey (PhD Candidate at Photography and the Archive Research Centre at LCC), Louise Shelley (The Showroom) and Matthew Hearn (independent researcher and curator)

 This seminar invites speakers and audience to engage with the cultural legacy of the British photography practices, organisations and collectives who aligned themselves with left political movements throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

The event responds to the issues that Terry Dennett and Jo Spence characterised in their 1986 account of the Photography Workshop:

‘One of the ironies of the Left and women’s movement must surely be this: that groups which are set up and do innovative work usually split into differing political segments; these segments then go on and found new dynasties, or just fade away. In time, the original differences, cracks, fissures and explosions come to be neatly laundered over, erased from the memory of those involved because they are too painful, not fully known to those who came later because ‘nobody told us about it’ and, finally, mythologised through the accounts of others writing about them from the outside.’

Bringing together a range of individuals who are attempting to do photo-history ‘from the outside’ (interpretable in the broadest sense), we hope this event will share a number of methodological approaches with a focus on the histories of regional as well as London based practices.

A total snip at £10/£5 concessions, booking HERE.

Photographer and Publisher Talk and Book Launch: Marjolaine Ryley & Taj Forer

Marjolaine Ryley, The Holy Man, from Growing up in the New Age

Marjolaine Ryley, The Holy Man, from Growing up in the New Age

8 November, 7-9pm, Sunderland Minster,  High St West, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR1 3ET

Growing up in the New Age
Marjolaine Ryley’s recently published book Growing up in the New Age explores the alternative world of the 1960s and early 1970s counterculture, from communes in the South of France, squatting in South London and ‘free school’ education to the many forays into all things ‘New Age’ set against the backdrop of social and political happenings of the era. Ryley’s autobiographical photographs and texts works have the feel of an Alice in Wonderland psychedelic dream, looking back at the counterculture through the prism of time, recapturing her memories of places, people and events. The work all uses archival imagery to revisit and understand the past, while the new image and text works explore the duality inherent in much of the ‘New Age’ and countercultural philosophies, which hope to create both inner and outer states of Utopia.

Marjolaine will be in conversation with publisher of Growing up in the New Age, Taj Forer from Daylight (NY).
Taj Forer is a photographic artist, publisher and educator. He received his MFA in Photography from UNC-Chapel Hill (where he is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Art) and his BA from Sarah Lawrence College. He is a Cofounder of Daylight, the celebrated international photography publisher. Forer is the author of two books of his own photography, Stone by Stone (Kehrer Verlag, 2011, Heidelberg, Germany) and Threefold Sun (Charta Editions, 2007, Milano, Italy). His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world and can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe including those of The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC), The Sir Elton John Collection (London, UK), The Mint Museum of Art (Charlotte, NC) and The Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke, VA).  www.tajforer.com www.daylightbooks.org/

This event is free but booking is requested HERE

A selection of work from Growing up in the New Age will be exhibited in Sunderland Minster during the Social.

Marjolaine Ryley and Taj Forer will also be reviewing portfolios on Saturday 9 November, more information HERE

The Social Reviews

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The Social reviews, provide opportunities for practicing photographers to receive critique, guidance and crucial support in navigating the world of professional practice, covering a range of contexts including exhibiting, publishing and engaging the public in your work.

Portfolio Review event with artist and curator Taj Forer (Daylight NY), photographic artists Marjolaine Ryley and Sarah Pickering.

Saturday 9 November 2013, 1.00-5.00pm.  The NewBridge Project, 18 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AW.

Booking is required for this event and an application process is in place to best match applicants to reviewers so that it is of maximum benefit to practice.  Reviews will last 30 mins and will cost £15 per review. This is a subsidised rate supported by Arts Council England.

Please apply by 4 November 2013, by emailing amanda.ritson@sunderland.ac.uk stating your preferred reviewer(s), giving a brief overview of your practice (max 250 words), links to images of your work (or no more than 5 images at less than 750KB) and attaching your CV.

Reviewers Details:

Marjolaine Ryley is an artist who has exhibited and published her work nationally and internationally including exhibitions at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands; Impressions Gallery, Bradford; Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow and The Palacio des Artes, Porto. Her work is held in several collections including the V&A Museum; London and the Serralves Museum, Porto. Much of her work has explored family photography including her book ‘Villa Mona – A Proper Kind of House’ published by Trace Editions and ‘Field Study 7 – Residence Astral’ published by PARC. Ryley’s current project entitled Growing up in the New Age is an autobiographical exploration of free school education, squatting and ‘the counterculture’ this is now published as a new Artists’ Monograph by Daylight. Using a range of approaches including photography/digital imaging, film and video, writing, collecting, re-using archival materials and the web Growing up in the New Age sets out to reconsider the social utopias of the 1960s and early 70s and what we might learn from them today. www.marjolaineryley.co.uk A selection of Growing up in the New Age is at Sunderland Minster until 16 November 2013.
Marjolaine would like to view photographic work which is conceptually rich and research-led.

Taj Forer is a photographic artist, publisher and educator. He received his MFA in Photography from UNC-Chapel Hill (where he is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Art) and his BA from Sarah Lawrence College. He is a Cofounder of Daylight, the celebrated international photography publisher. Forer is the author of two books of his own photography, Stone by Stone (Kehrer Verlag, 2011, Heidelberg, Germany) and Threefold Sun (Charta Editions, 2007, Milano, Italy). His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world and can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe including those of The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC), The Sir Elton John Collection (London, UK), The Mint Museum of Art (Charlotte, NC) and The Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke, VA).  www.tajforer.com www.daylightbooks.org/  Taj will be in conversation with Marjolaine Ryley on 8 November 2013.
Taj would like to view research-led fine art photography presented as quality prints so as to get a sense for the work as it is intended to be presented.  He is particularly interested in long-term projects, in process or nearly completed works.

Sarah Pickering is a photographic artist and Teaching Fellow in Photography at the Slade School of Fine Art.  Her unmanipulated images explore truth and fiction, simluation and reality.  She worked with the emergency services, pyrotechnic manufacturers and the police to produce some of her most recent bodies of work.  Exhibitions include How We Are: Photographing Britain, Tate Britain 2007; New Photography in Britain, Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy, 2008; the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2009/10; Theatres of the Real, Fotomuseum, Antwerp 2009; Manipulating Reality, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, 2009/10. Solo exhibitions include Ffotogallery, Wales 2009, Incident Control at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago 2010 and Art and Antiquities at Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, 2011. Her monograph Explosions, Fires and Public Order is published by Aperture and MoCP. Gallery Representation is with Meessen De Clercq, Brussels. Sarah’s exhibition ‘Aim and Fire‘ is at Durham Art Gallery until 12 January 2014.  www.sarahpickering.co.uk
Sarah is interested in discussing ideas and concepts relating to image making, editing, resolving & developing work, and strategies for presenting it online, in publications or exhibitions.

Portfolio Reviews are available with curators Alistair Robinson, Alexander Supartono and Alexandra Moschovi during the month on a more flexible basis. Please make your application following the guidance above, bios coming soon!

Wideyed Periskop

Mark Yuill, Podmornica, Belgrade, 2012

Mark Yuill, Podmornica, Belgrade, 2012

Friday 1 November 2013, 6.30-10.00pm

Sunderland Minster, High Street West, SR1 3ET

At the invitation of Wideyed, Periskop brings to Sunderland a taste of the ‘Balkan Periskop experience,’ an evening of slideshows on the theme of ‘the social’.

Taking place at Sunderland Minister, the two collectives have worked together to produce an event that combines projections of slideshows curated from Periskop’s impressive back catalogue with those of UK based photographers selected from an open call.

Join us for a lively evening of photography, peanuts and 12% proof spirited debate in the pews of Sunderland Minster.

Wideyed is an independent artist-led collective dedicated to creating, curating and promoting compelling contemporary photography for exhibition and cross-media publication. http://wideyed.org

Balkan Periskop was created in February 2012 with the aim of organising cultural events that build bridges across the Balkan region through photography and to raise the profile of contemporary Balkan photographers internationally.

A call for submissions is now open!   For more information please click HERE:

Free event, booking is requested here: https://wideyedperiskop.eventbrite.com