Exhibitions

  • Louise Taylor – Shoot!

    Louise Taylor – Shoot!

    Shoot! is a documentary project developed over 4 years by North East based photographer Louise Taylor. During this time she joined a small pheasant and partridge shooting syndicate in Tow […]

  • You Are The Company In Which You Keep

    You Are The Company In Which You Keep

    Craig Ames, Ulf Aminde, Haley Austin, Natasha Caruana, Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, Melanie Friend, Gilbert & George, Julian Germain, Paul Graham, Chris Harrison, Nigel Henderson, Jeremy Hutchison, Yee I-Lann, […]

  • Sarah Pickering – Aim and Fire

    Sarah Pickering – Aim and Fire

    “Aim”, “shoot” and “fire”; the language of the gun is shared with that of photography and film. It’s not surprising that the camera and gun evolved together. In the 1880’s […]

  • Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina – Deleting Memory

    Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina – Deleting Memory

    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 […]

  • The (Post) Colonial Photo Studio II

    The (Post) Colonial Photo Studio II

    Yee I-Lann (Malaysia), Adytama Pranada (Indonesia), Risang Yuwono (Indonesia), Helen Marshall (UK), Dow Wasiksiri (Thailand), Julius E. Muller/Tropenmuseum (NL), Samsul Alam Helal (Bangladesh).  Curated by Alexander Supartono (Indonesia / UK). […]

  • Simon Roberts – The Social: landscapes of leisure

    Simon Roberts – The Social: landscapes of leisure

    Extending his exploration of the English social landscape, Simon Roberts has worked on a major commission for The Social: encountering photography. A series of large-scale colour photographs, made in various […]

  • Precious Little Diamond: Photo Treasure Hunters

    Precious Little Diamond: Photo Treasure Hunters

    Precious Little Diamond: Photo Treasure Hunters is an international group exhibition which explores how photographers aim to discover aesthetic ‘treasures’ through mapping and exploring their surroundings. The show will playfully […]

  • Paul Alexander Knox and Ciara Leeming – Homelands

    Paul Alexander Knox and Ciara Leeming – Homelands

    Paul Alexander Knox, We Are All Brothers Here - Stories from the Bangladeshi Community Growing out of a year documenting the Bangladeshi community rooted in the once industrial centre of Paul’s […]

  • Coastal Retreats – Damien Wootten

    Coastal Retreats – Damien Wootten

    In 2006, Damien Wootten began to take photographs, using colour film, along the coastline of the north east. It is an area that he had previously photographed in black & white […]

  • John Kippin – Ships That Pass

    John Kippin – Ships That Pass

    ‘Ships that Pass’, a new photographic installation for the windows of the National Glass Centre references the River Wear and the sense of purpose it achieved in over 600 years […]

  • Michele Allen – Forgotten Fruit

    Michele Allen – Forgotten Fruit

    ‘ The kerb is fascinating, maybe it’s the height, we spend twenty minutes shuffling up and down in the sun, pulling at the fine blades of grass which grow between […]

  • Made in Sunderland

    Made in Sunderland

    Presenting the work of Sunderland-based photographers including Roger Coulam and Andy Martin. Roger Coulam’s documentary work ‘Burgers and B52s’ explores the communities that gather at one of the country’s largest […]

  • The Social at Sunderland Minster

    The Social at Sunderland Minster

    Sunderland Minster provides the context for a series of talks, slideshow events and exhibitions during The Social 18 October – 16 November. Highlights from two newly completed photographic research projects […]

  • Damien Wootten – Waterside: East Sunderland Photographic Residency

    Damien Wootten – Waterside: East Sunderland Photographic Residency

    Throughout 2013, photographer Damien Wootten has been artist in residence with Living History North East at the Regional Centre For Oral History in the East End of Sunderland.  Site-specific photographic […]

  • Shahidul Alam and Saydia Gulrukh – Searching for Kalpana Chakma: A Photo-Forensic Study

    Shahidul Alam and Saydia Gulrukh – Searching for Kalpana Chakma: A Photo-Forensic Study

    Shahidul Alam is a Bangladeshi photographer, teacher and activist. In 1989, he established Drik picture library and Pathshala: South Asian Institute of Photography in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also director […]

  • Five Photographers

    Five Photographers

    The 2013 MA Photography cohort is a small but dynamic group of fine art photographers. The diverse interests of group members range from the domestic to the existential, from portraiture […]

  • Merge: new works by Claire Cooper, Yvonne Davies, Yuk Lee, Walter Lewis, Jacky Longstaff, Emanuela Marenz

    Merge: new works by Claire Cooper, Yvonne Davies, Yuk Lee, Walter Lewis, Jacky Longstaff, Emanuela Marenz

    Mimeses North is a newly formed collective of emerging photographers from across the north of England held together by a common philosophy through which all are motivated by concern for […]

  • Taking Interest

    Taking Interest

    Taking Interest welcomes anyone and everyone to discover the creative insight of young minds on the Autistic Spectrum. The project is the initiative of photographer Anne Douglass.  In collaboration with […]

  • Edition – Produced by students at the Northern Centre of Photography

    Edition – Produced by students at the Northern Centre of Photography

    A special installation to celebrate the launch of the new student photography magazine Edition at Sunderland’s newest venue! The brainchild of Frankie & The Heartstrings, Pop Recs Ltd is an […]

  • Stuart Whipps – Recorded Amendments: The Carboniferous Epoch

    Stuart Whipps – Recorded Amendments: The Carboniferous Epoch

    Stuart Whipps’ new video commission Recorded Amendments: The Carboniferous Epoch (2013) examines how Britain’s new towns – built during the optimism of post-war Britain – have become landscapes of either […]

  • Craig Ames – Other Theatres

    Craig Ames – Other Theatres

    Other Theatres is a multimedia installation of related works concerned with the commodification of contemporary warfare, the pursuit of varying forms of simulated combat by different social groups as a […]

  • Arabella Plouviez – Connected and Virus Portraits

    Arabella Plouviez – Connected and Virus Portraits

    Arabella Plouviez presents two series of portraits that explore issues of identity and community in an increasingly globalised environment. Looking down, shyly away from the camera, the Connected series explores […]

  • Peter Fryer and David Campbell – Laygate Stories

    Peter Fryer and David Campbell – Laygate Stories

    Laygate Stories is a multimedia project that portrays, in their own voices, the lives of those living and working in the Laygate area of South Shields on Tyneside, in the […]

  • Mark Henderson – The Concert Room: Steels Social Club Residency

    Mark Henderson – The Concert Room: Steels Social Club Residency

    WMCs were once an integral social and cultural institution at the heart of working class communities throughout the UK and in many the Concert Room would be at the fulcrum […]

  • Karen Ward and Brenda Burrell – The Social in the Social

    Karen Ward and Brenda Burrell – The Social in the Social

    Photographers Karen Ward and Brenda Burrell will be holding a series of informal photography sharing events at the British Legion Social Club in Silksworth, Sunderland.  Members of the local community […]

  • Juliet Chenery-Robson – Portraits of a Postmodern Illness

    Juliet Chenery-Robson – Portraits of a Postmodern Illness

    On the façade of Sunderland’s Old Fire Station building is Portraits of a Postmodern Illness (2013). Part of Chenery-Robson’s on-going photographic exploration of the invisible illness ME, the sitters are […]

  • Harry Hall – The Small Society

    Harry Hall – The Small Society

    “We’re all in this together” “We need to build a big society” ‘Despite the rhetoric of the current government, people are, as they always have been, giving their time, their […]

  • Gillian Gilbert – Walter

    Gillian Gilbert – Walter

    Gillian’s photography explores perceptions of identity intertwined with place and history. Use of an old film camera for the Walter series reflects a slower pace that allowed the photographer to […]

  • David Bate – Indian Notes on Democracy

    David Bate – Indian Notes on Democracy

    David Bates’ most recent photographic work has explored issues of globalization and technology.  Taken from the series Indian Notes on Democracy, and photographed in Delhi, India in February 2013, the […]

  • Daniele Sambo – Sown

    Daniele Sambo – Sown

    An extract from his series Sown, Daniele exhibits photographs of temporary light installations in urban wastelands and community gardens. Made in locations across Europe, beginning two years ago in Glasgow, […]

  • Chris Harrison – I belong Jarrow

    Chris Harrison – I belong Jarrow

    Chris Harrison was born and brought up in Jarrow but has lived abroad for many years. The photographs exhibited here explore questions of identity, memory and belonging, and are extracts […]

  • Ananda van der Pluijm – Martin

    Ananda van der Pluijm – Martin

    In this award-winning project, Netherlands-based photographer Ananda van der Pluijm focuses on loneliness, a lack of contact and connection with others. Photography to her is the means to make contact […]

  • Aaron Guy – Extraction Shift

    Aaron Guy – Extraction Shift

    ‘Extraction Shift’ is a new artists’ film which explores historical industry and the necessity of contemporary industrial business, set in the landscape of an evolving city. Using the former location of Monkwearmouth Colliery, […]

  • Brenda Burrell – The Great Fern Street Postcard Mystery

    Brenda Burrell – The Great Fern Street Postcard Mystery

    Brenda Burrell is fascinated by the snapshot, vernacular photography and communication. She collects local postcards from the 1970s and before, and snapshots and family albums showing everyday life in the […]