MA Photography Exhibition

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An exhibition by MA Graduates and Alumni – everyone is welcome at the Private View.

More details on the exhibition blog: https://xviweb.wordpress.com

Photo credit: Liz Ball

 

 

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Fieldwork Photography Symposium – The Urban Image

The Fieldwork Photography Symposium is a free one-day conference on 9 November 2016 here at UCLan. In addition to the conference there will also be an exhibition of photographic work in UCLan’s PR1 Gallery.

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There is an open call to photographers interested in taking part in the exhibition – please contact John Aitken jaitken@uclan.ac.uk or Jon Purcell jpurcell@uclan.ac.uk.

This year’s theme is The Urban Image.

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iamBreastfeeding: Kim Vermeulen

MA Alumna Kim Vermeulen is exhibiting her latest work at the Solaris Centre, Blackpool.

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The work is a culmination of her MA project on breastfeeding which began more than three  years ago. Kim is now resident in the Netherlands and chose Blackpool for the exhibition venue since so many of her subjects were based in Lancashire.

The exhibition continues until the end of the month.

www.kimjv.co.uk

www.facebook.com/kimvermeulenphotography

 

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MA Social Art Practice, Student Profile: Ian Clegg

Ian Clegg, artist and commercial photographer, discusses his project, The Cyanotype Gesture, which he carried out as part of a new Socially Engaged Art Practice module introduced in Sept 2016. The module encourages students to consider the role of photography within a collaborative or participatory environment and aims to raise questions around our understanding of socially driven art projects.

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The audience or group was a cross section of business people and entrepreneurs not normally accustomed to making art but probably involved in commissioning it through the creative industry they work in. Participants were asked to choose small objects in their possession and the items would be printed as a photogram using the cyanotype process.

Their part of the industry is overlooked from an artistic angle, they are deemed as the facilitators, the bean counters. Marginalized, neglected. They are a non artistic niche.

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The issue of authorship is always a discussion point in art and more so in SEA. This is not fully understood and often abused by this community, artists are regularly undermined with copyright and ownership issues. The non-creative often sees this as an insignificant problem much to the annoyance of the artist

This project highlighted who owns artwork. For a change the responsibility for completion and the ‘creative expert’ title was temporally passed on to these participants. This is alien to many of these people, used to asking artists to fulfil ever changing briefs and commissions.

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Artists themselves through the education system are often very unprepared for dealing with the business environment as much as the business people are for dealing with creatives.

This project gave a small insight into the other side of the fence where the artists exist.

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MA Social Art Practice, Student Profile: Liz Ball:

Liz Ball, independent curator, artist and director of Iris artistic platform, discusses her project, WA which she carried out as part of a new Socially Engaged Art Practice module introduced in Sept 2016. The module encourages students to consider the role of photography within a collaborative or participatory environment and aims to raise questions around our understanding of socially driven art projects.

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The WA Project is designed to provide an ongoing platform for the unspoken voice
of a generation utilising socially engaged art, creating a reality that requires a
reaction. The title comes from the district WA Postcode, also known as the Warrington Postcode  This area is made up of 22 wards, which includes diverse communities from a cross section of both urban and rural locations.

The project concept revolves around Government, Local Government and
Borough Councillors semantics surrounding the most relevant issues of concern
to a defined a socio-demographic of an emerging 18-25 year-old voting constituency.
What are the key priorities and challenges.  My project’s aim is to engage with the people in the Warrington community, to record their unspoken voice through a series of
photographic images.

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“There is nothing in Warrington for people my age”

It was my intention to give ownership of the image to members of the public within my defined social group. As an alternative to the traditional photographic camera, I  provide two polaroid cameras so contributors can physically engage providing active encounters. Every photograph taken was captured by a member of the public in Warrington between the ages of 18-25

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“TOO MANY SHOPS CLOSING DOWN”

Ultimately my aim was to raise questions relating to governmental policy and the direct effects it can have on specific people within a specific community. Whilst my project is focused on Warrington, I feel it there are a number of towns and cities across the UK which share similar social and political issues.

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“Warrington looks empty, people shop out of town now.”

 

 

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MA Student featured on Huffington post website

Current UCLAN MA student, David Gregory has recently seen his project recognised by  the Huffington Post an American online news platform. David’s work Merfolk, ” shows the activities of a group of people who share a common numinous experience in the escapist act of dressing as mermaids”

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You can view the whole article here along with David’s images from the project

 

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Staff Profile: Brian J Morrison

MA Photography Lecturer Brian J Morrison will tonight see his art work exhibited in an international photography festival in Poland. Warsaw Photo days is showcasing a number of interesting projects which deal with the expanding field of photography and the theme of Testosterone.

Brian will be exhibiting a piece he produced in 2014 entitled Ripped, Chiseled and Rock Hard, a series of large photographic sculptures of bodies appropriated from the advertising imagery of Muscle and Fitness Magazine during the 1980’s.

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This will be Brian’s first European exhibition, having presented his work already across the UK and Ireland.

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