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!