Friday, 11 April 2014

Helen Sear is Axisweb Artist of the Month!

Helen Sear is currently artist of the month over at Axisweb. Follow the link below to see her interview where she discusses her interest in photography, it's composition and the art scene in South Wales.

three/tair at gallery/ten

Molly Rooke, a previous stall holder at a Ffotogallery book-fair is featured in a new exhibition alongside contemporaries Helen Booth and Sue Williams.

4th April - 3rd May 2014

Gallery/ten presents three/tair, a three-woman exhibition of new work by painters Helen Booth + Sue Williams + Printmaker Molly Rooke

Spanning from the recognizable to pure geometric abstraction, two-time pollock krasner foundation award winner Helen Booth's layering + reuse of materials - wether marble dust, paper or thread - remains constant, creating work of delicate fragility + depth. Royal collage of art graduate Molly Rooke's often humorous work from new narratives through her treatment of found images through various printing processes. The 'realistic expectations' series plays on typical postcard imagery + its promise of the perfect holiday destination, but reality is never quite as imagined. Challenging the fantasies of feminism, sexuality, gender + culture, three/tair features arts mundi 2 shortlisted artist  Sue Williams' most recent work, a series of lithographs entitled 'talk 2 me: communication' - great examples of the core themes of her practice coupled with Williams' recognizable strong mark-making.

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Ian Parry Scholarship 2014 opens for entries

Photographers have until 07 July to enter this year’s Ian Parry Scholarship.
Launched in 1991 in honour of Ian Parry, a 24-year-old photojournalist who was tragically killed whilst on assignment for The Sunday Times in December 1989 in Romania, the Scholarship comes with a £3500 grant for the production of a documentary body of work. The winner is also automatically added to the final list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam, and will join the Reportage by Getty Images agency as an Emerging Talent.
“This year is the 25th Anniversary of the Ian Parry Scholarship,” says Rebecca McClelland, the organisation’s creative director. “We will be remembering Ian and marking this special occasion with a series of new free events, publications and exhibitions.”
She adds: “The scholarship provides an important platform to showcase your work and also the chance to be mentored by us in the photographic industry. We are looking for stories that have been well-researched with originality and not necessarily in far flung destinations.”
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Friday, 4 April 2014

Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain - g39

Beyond its literal meaning about the unsuccessful pretender to the throne, this exhibition’s title is a mnemonic. Each word represents another, prompting us to recall the colours of the visible spectrum in sequence. Richard = red, Battle = blue. The words are stand-ins for other images. Mnemonics are used to aid recall, but rather than simplifying they add another layer of complexity to a phrase’s meaning.

The artists in Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain tread similar ground. Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost overlays spoken fantastical narratives onto commonplace objects, the pace, whimsy and charm of which often contradict the images she presents. Drawing equally from the world of symbolism and metaphor, Catrin Davies & Lewis Wright refer to the Classical painting tradition of the still life in which objects stand in for a bigger narrative. The painted surface becomes a code for the viewer to crack. Catrin & Lewis appropriate this tradition by assembling still life sculptures and flooding them with pigment. Jorge Lizalde’s work looks at the way we remember and how we recall events. In his Mnemonic series, short filmic poems are created from online resources in response to participants’ early memories. 

Artists: Jorge Lizalde, Catrin Davies and Lewis Wright, Laure Prouvost. 
And Unit #1 features Megan Broadmeadow (4 April - 3 May); Shaun Featherstone / Frock n Robe (7-24 May); James Green 28 May - 21 June).

Preview: 4th April 2014 - 6pm
Exhibition Walk and Talk
Saturday 3 May 1pm
Join curator Anthony Shapland for a curatorial tour and discussion of the exhibition. Free, all welcome. 

The Pattern In My Carpet - USW PhotoArt Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: Friday 4th April - Saturday 12th April, 10am - 5pm (Closed Sunday & Monday)

"This year, second year students from the Photographic Art course at the newly constituted University of South Wales have spent the last few months working in and around Newport to create works aimed at engaging the community and its history." - Eileen Little

This exhibition, located within the Newport Museum and Art Gallery and an empty shop on the high street, shows a consideration to the community and returns the work back to the area which inspired it.

Newport Museum & Art Gallery,
John Frost Square,
NP20 1PA


Unit 2,
147 Commercial Street
NP20 1LN

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Friday, 7 March 2014

RIGA Photo Month 2014

Until April 20, photographers and visual artists are invited to submit their photobook dummies and self-published books for the international SELF PUBLISH RIGA competition. The winning entries will be featured in an exhibition as part of Riga Photo Month in May 2014.
Self-publishing makes it possible for artists to make and distribute their books themselves, avoiding the restrictions dictated by mass production. Bookmaking has become a more democratic process, available to everyone. The aim of SELF PUBLISH RIGA is to introduce a wider audience to the concept of self-publishing, using succesful examples to focus on its possibilities.
Entries will be judged by an international jury: Markus Schaden (founder of the Schaden publishing house, DE), Teun van der Heijden (photobook designer, NL), Ania Nalecka (photobook designer, PL), Matt Johnston (founder of the Photobook Club, UK), Juris Petraškēvics (artist and professor, Art Academy of Latvia) and Nico Baumgarten (photographer and bookmaker, DE). Members of the jury as well as other international partners from Portugal, Sweden, Poland, Estonia and Lithuania will visit Riga in May for the SELF PUBLISH RIGA event, including a photobook exhibition, discussions, lectures and workshops.
The winner of the contest will have the chance to attend an International Summer School of Photography 2014 ( workshop of their choice free of charge; the three best entries will receive individual porfolio reviews with the jury members. Top Ten books will receive a special online feature. More information on the competition and submission requirements:

Tugba Simsek Solo Show

Tuesday March 18, 2014
The Alchemists Gallery
Bridge Street
CF10 2EE

The Alchemists Gallery presents a collection of new work by Tuğba Şimşek titled ' I Wish you were all here'. 

Tugba creates her work with an endearing sensibility which means her work could easily be over looked, because of this, the message is not a loud statement, but one of personal intrigue and wonder.

Come along on the opening night for drinks and of course a little partay to celebrate Tugba's work as whole.