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Michele Allen, Forgotten Fruit – Special Opening Event

Michele Allen Forgotten Fruit

Join Michele Allen for a special reception of her exhibition Forgotten Fruit at Arts Centre Washington.

The preview will feature an introduction by photographer Michele Allen and Fruitful Durham will be making fresh apple juice from locally collected fruit. Fruitful Durham are a social enterprise who create products from fruit collected locally, they developed out of a fruit mapping project as part of Durham Transition Towns, a group set up to support more environmentally sustainable lifestyles. To learn more about the project please visit their site.

All welcome, free event.

Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB


ORDINARY FICTIONS: Zuzana Hruskova and Marek Šulík in conversation with Elisabetta Fabrizi

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ISIS Arts, 21 October 2013, 6-8pm

An artists’ talk with Zuzana Hruskova  at ISIS Arts Studio.

Zuzana Hruskova is a Slovakian artist based in Newcastle who will be at ISIS to discuss her upcoming exhibition, Ordinary Fictions, a collaboration with Marek Šulík, a documentary filmmaker based in Vištuk, Slovakia. Curated by Elisabetta Fabrizi, ‘Ordinary Fictions’ takes place at the Slovak Embassy, London from 17 October -14 November 2013. The project revolves around the idea of everyday-related fictions, expressed through individual places, people and scenarios, whilst using photography as the main communicator.  The artists first worked together on the ‘Homelands’ project with ISIS Arts in 2010.

Supported by Arts Council England and Bridge+Tunnel.

ISIS Arts, First floor, 5 Charlotte Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4XF

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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

Pop-up Photostudio, Camera Obscura and more photo family activities

Pop-up Photostudios and other free family activities!

During half-term week, 28 October – 1 November there are plenty of family photography activities at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art including a ‘zombie booth’ especially for Halloween!   Drop in, no need to book!

Camera Obscura
Monday 28 October, 11.00am-3.00pm

Come and enjoy the magic of the Camera Obscura in Mowbray Park. The camera obscura (‘darkened room’) is a technological ancestor of photography. Portable camera obscuras were used by often used by artists as an aid to drawing. In Victorian times, much larger public camera obscuras became popular attractions and some of this attraction continues today.  Bring your digital camera or mobile phone to record what you can spy from inside our camera obscura!
Please note that this is an outdoor activity, weather permitting.

The Camera Obscura is kindly loaned by VARC and photographer Ingrid Pollard, supported by Northumberland National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
26 October – 3 November 2013

Snap Happy Backpacks
Borrow a backpack full of fun photography themed activities for families.  Collect your backpack from the Art Gallery on Level 2 (a refundable deposit is required).

Wednesday 30 October - 11am – 12.30pm & 1.30 – 3.00pm (drop in)
Spooky Pictures
Make spooky landscapes and portraits using light reactive paper and join in our scary shadow puppet show.
For more information please contact the Learning Team on 0191 553 2323 or e-mail

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
Tuesday 29 and Thursday 31 October 2013, 10.00am-4.00pm

Pop-up photo studio
Dress up, make props and pose for our photographers in our temporary photo studio booth.  Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art will be converting their activity space into a pop-up photo studio for 2 days during the October half term holidays.  Drop in to pose for a family portrait, our photography team will assist you in creating your look and making props.

On Thursday 31 October the photo studio will have a spooky make-over for Halloween.  Dress up in your best Halloween costume, make some gory props and pose for our ghoulish photographers.
With photographers Nicola Maxwell and Mike Davidson.

For more information please contact Education Officer on 0191 561 1235 or email:


Tim Mitchell, Fish out of Water

Tim Mitchell, Fish out of Water

Saturday 19 October 2013, 10.00am-1.00pm

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens are offering a special ‘Teachers Tour’ of the twin-sited exhibition ‘You are the Company in Which You Keep’.
To book please email:

Schools workshops are also available during the exhibition period for more information please email:


The Social Reviews


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 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. 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).  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.
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.

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:

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