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Refocus – Castlegate mima Photography Prize


Artist Gayle Chong Kwan has been commissioned to launch a new large-scale biennial photography prize in Stockton-on-Tees. Following a period of local historical research and engagement with residents of Stockton and the surrounding area, Chong Kwan has created a new landmark, ‘Arripare’.

The work is a mythical island seemingly hovering between arrival and appearance or departure or disappearance. Combining complex multiple techniques of documentary photography, collage and sculptural construction, the island is rooted in the context and history of its location and the river which runs alongside it, and yet enveloped in mist, the island could be located in the past, present or future, sighted in the midst of a vast ocean or be hovering somewhere in the clouds.

The image is located on the back of the Castlegate centre – head to the Millennium Footbridge (accessed via the shopping centre) for a great view of the work.


The Castlegate mima Photography Prize is the result of a collaboration between mima and Castlegate shopping centre and is supported by Stockton Borough Council. NEPN is delighted to be an event associate. Gayle Chang Kwan will give an artists’ talk during The Social. Further details available at

Open from 18October 2013

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