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The Northern Summer of Photography is compiled by Redeye and celebrates photographic activity happening over the North of England between April and September 2017. It is bookended by LOOK/17 Photography Festival in Liverpool and Hull International Photography Festival. From large exhibitions and festivals, to more personal small-scale events, there’s a range of opportunities for all to engage with photography throughout this season.


Moorside Mills, Moorside Rd, Eccleshill, Bradford, BD2 3HP

Grafters: Industrial Society in Image and Word Until 05 November 2017, Tues - Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat & Sun 11am – 4pm
Grafters explores how the working classes went from objects in photos, to heroic representations of industry and finally to photographers themselves. 

13 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1EU

Eason Tsang Ka Wai: A Look at Looking 12 May – 18 June 2017, Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm
Eason Tsang Ka Wai provides a unique perspective on the experience of living and working in his hometown – the rapidly developing city of Hong Kong.

Michael Wolf: A Private Public 12 May – 18 June 2017, Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm
A Private Public presents Hong Kong’s seemingly endless industrial façades contrasted with an intimate perspective from within its hidden network of back alleys. 

The Granary Gallery, Dewars Lane, Berwick upon Tweed  TD15 1HJ

A Collective Endeavour: A Discussion with Document Scotland 06 May 2017, 1:30pm - 3pm
Part of the exhibition Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland. Sophie Gerrard, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert and Sarah Amy Fishlock discuss how working collectively can amplify the social and political impact of photography and its reach.

Portfolio & Project Peer Mentoring 06 May 2017,10.30am-12.30pm
For early and mid-career photographers from North-East England and the Scottish Borders for a portfolio and project mentoring session to provide critical advice in an informal environment. 

Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU

Discursive Documents Until 6 May 2017, Mon - Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm
Featuring the work of several photographers, the exhibition addresses themes including migration and the body.

Annual Photographic Exhibition of the Huddersfield Photo-Imaging Club 2017 31 March - 06 May 2017 Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm
Photographic works by club members in print and digital image form.

Annual Exhibition of the Yorkshire Photographic Union 2017 13 May - 02 September 2017, Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm
The best amateur photographic works from 75 Yorkshire photographic clubs. 200 mounted prints and a similar number of digital images shown on a flat screen HDTV. 

Various Locations across Hull

The House of Kings and Queens Humber Street Gallery, 64 Humber Street, Hull, HU1 1TU 27 July – 24 September 2017, Mon – Sun 10am – 6pm, Thurs until 8pm.
Lee Price’s work explores The House of Kings and Queens, a home belonging to a transgender woman which has become a sanctuary for the LGBT community in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Beverley Art Gallery Champney Road, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8HE Until 22 April 2017, Mon & Wed & Fri 9:30am – 5pm, Tues & Thurs 9:30am – 8pm, Sat 9am – 4pm
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, comes to Beverley. Featuring 100 images, from animal behaviour to wild landscapes.

Travel Photographer of the Year Princes Dock St, Hull HU1 2PQ 18 May – 13 Jun 2017
The show looks at different cultures, the animal kingdom and the reality of existence in some of the harshest environments in the world.

Somewhere Becoming Sea Humber Street Gallery, 64 Humber Street, Hull, HU1 1TU 5 April – 17 June 2017 Mon - Sun, 10am – 6pm, Thurs until 8pm
International artists’ work with the moving image, taking a closer look at the ever-changing boundaries between land and sea. 

5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE

Revisiting the Coal Coast 13 May – 8 July 2017, Tues – Sun 11am – 5pm
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’s photographs explore the ‘terrible beauty of Durham’s coal-scarred coastline. 

Bradford BD1 1SD

Mother River 31 March - 24 June 2017, Tues - Thurs 10am - 6pm, Fri & Sat 10am -5pm
Mother River is an epic photographic odyssey along the entire Yangtze River. Made over four years, this is an insightful look at the whole inner life of China.

Field Work: Ten years of photography by Liza Dracup 7 July - 23 September 2017, Tues - Thurs 10am to 6pm, Fri & Sat 10am to 5pm
Field Work presents an overview of Dracup’s work, showcasing her innovative techniques in landscape photography resulting in a series of haunting and mesmerising images. 

Little Horton Ln, Bradford BD1 1NQ

Britain in Focus: A Photographic History 17 March – 25 June 2017, Mon - Sun 10am – 6pm
A BBC and National Science and Media Museum partnership. The exhibition explores the fascinating and remarkable history of British photography.

Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography 17 March – 25 June 2017, Mon - Sun 10am – 6pm
The exhibition reveals enchanting imagery captured using photography’s most primitive technique – exposing a piece of film inside a light tight box to light travelling through a small hole - to produce a one-off image with unique characteristics. 

The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER

Sooni Taraporevala 4 March 2017 – early 2018, Mon - Wed 10am - 5pm, Thurs 10am - 9pm, Fri - Sun 10am - 5pm
Screenwriter, filmmaker and photographer Sooni Taraporevala presents 30 black and white photographs depicting life in Bombay/Mumbai from 1976 to the present day. 

178-178A Middlewood Rd, Sheffield S6 1TD

Colour Code 10 June – 22 July 2017, Mon - Sat 10 – 6pm
Colour is an evocative medium and work has been selected which either challenges or highlights our experience of and responses to colour.

Original 200 2 September – 14 October 2017, Mon - Sat 10 – 6pm
All pieces in this exhibition are priced at £200. Interrogating the notion of an ‘original’ work of art and the subsequent perception of value to which that term relates.

Perception 18 March - 29 April 2017, Mon - Sat 10 – 6pm 

Various Locations

Photobooks with Manchester School of Art Manchester Campus, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6BH 21 April 2017, 10am – 4pm
A day of talks, workshops and a panel discussion concerning the contemporary photobook, hosted in partnership with Manchester School of Art to coincide with a photobook exhibition in the Vertical Gallery.

Body Up North Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Market Buildings, Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU 27 April 2017, 7pm – 8pm
Photographic artist and Redeye member Natalie Wardle hosts an evening with Northern photographers whose work looks at the human form in visual art and performance.

Commissioning for Change Leggate Lecture Theatre - Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool 13 May 2017, 10am – 5pm
In partnership with LOOK/17 Festival, this is a daylong event on improving the commissioning process and building better relationships between commissioners and photographers.

Hothouse Sheffield Roco Creative Coop, 342 Glossop Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 2HW 10 June 2017, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Throughout the day there will be short presentations from photographers about their recent work and projects, plus ample opportunity for networking and portfolio review

Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers Until 29 May 2017, Mon - Sun 10am – 5pm
Curated by British photographer Martin Parr, Strange and Familiar considers how international photographers from the 1930s onwards have captured the social, cultural and political identity of the UK.

Women, Children; and Loitering Men 19 May - 28 August 2017, Mon - Sun 10am – 5pm
This exhibition includes previously unseen colour photographs by Shirley Baker alongside black and white images and ephemera such as magazine spreads, contact sheets and various sketches. 

Princes Quay, Harbour Deck, Princes Dock St, Hull HU1 2PQ

Reflection of a Street Photographer Matt Hart
HIP Gallery, Princes Quay, Harbour Deck,, Princes Dock St,Hull HU1 2PQ 01 – 24 September 2017, Mon – Sun 12pm – 5pm

Hull International Photography Festival 30 September – 30 November 2017 Various Locations across Hull
HIP Festival provides a rich cultural mix, offering a month long festival of photographic memories for both young and old. Featuring photographs by: Patrons; John Bulmer, Matthew Finn & Peter Dench. Plus Ian Macdonald, Brian Griffin, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Lou Hazelwood, Bryan Adams, John Swannell, Jason Bell, Marcus Bleasdale, Harry Bordon, Peter Barker, Rich Wiles, Chris Floyd, Laura Pannack, Tom Stoddart, Homer Sykes, Anastasia Taylor-Lind and more. 

Blackpool, Queen St, Blackpool FY1 1PU

Shirley Baker – On the Beach 20 May – 12 Aug 2017, Tues - Sat 10am – 5pm
Originally commissioned by Photofusion, London the exhibition juxtaposes two bodies of work from the 1970s, taken five years apart by Shirley Baker. 

Various sites across Liverpool

LOOK/17 Liverpool International Photography Festival Cities of Exchange: Liverpool/Hong Kong 7 April - 14 May 2017
LOOK/17 takes place in venues across the city, presenting an exciting mix of events, exhibitions, participative projects and public realm works. 

19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 1BP

Culture Shifts: Global 6 April - 18 June 2017, Tues - Sun 10am – 5pm
Part of LOOK/17, Hong Kong photographers Luke Ching and Wong Wo Bik have been invited to make work in Liverpool, and Hong Kong-born British photographer Derek Man has been supported to revisit Hong Kong.

Open 3: Affecting Change 7 July - 17 September 2017, Tues - Sun 10am – 5pm
Early career photographers work with communities, businesses and individuals who are affecting change in Liverpool. 

Various Locations

Andrew Brooks at The Portico Library 6th - 13th July 2017, Tues - Thurs 9:30am – 5:30pm, Mon & Fri 9:30am – 4:30pm, Sat 11am – 3pm The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3HY
A solo exhibition by Andrew Brooks is a response to The Portico Library. Getting lost in the hidden architecture of the building and its books, he archives the forgotten spaces to share the surprising tales he uncovers. 

Oldham Cultural Quarter,Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL

The Big Big Camera Until 22nd April 2017, Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm
Photographer Ian Beesley has repurposed an industrial process camera from Gallery Oldham’s collections to produce this series of images. The result is this exhibition of large scale photographs and negatives that will make you think again about the process of photography.

150 years of the Oldham Photographic Society 15 July - 09 September 2017 Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm 
The OPS is one of the oldest photographic societies still in existence anywhere in the world. This exhibition delves back into its earliest days to explore the origins of the town’s first photographers and also includes work by current members.

Keighley, West Yorkshire BD20 6LH

Can You Believe Your Eyes 30 April - 16 July 2017 Tues - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 11am - 4pm
This coincides with a Museum event on supernatural beliefs and myths - including the ‘Cottingley Fairies'.  Images are included on the theme "Can You believe Your Eyes?". Images which are not truthful but look like they might be (like the Cottingley Fairies pictures) and some which are truthful but are so odd that we think they may have been created by the photographer.



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