A full day symposium focusing on how photographers and artists engage with communities and establish networks that help them to forge successful careers. This event is in partnership with the University of Salford School of Arts and Media.
A good network can provide you with encouragement, advice, direction and experience. A poor network could do just the opposite. What sort of people do you need to engage with to make sure that you are going in the right direction? A community may be a source of inspiration, a partner for collaboration or even a subject. Hear from speakers who will take you through the nature of engaging with communities, how they can help your practice and how your work with them can be mutually beneficial.
Speakers include Sarah Fisher, Roger Tooth, Steve MacLeod, Les Monaghan, Megan Powell, Liz Wewiora and Harriet Broom.
NB: Redeye and the University of Salford would like to apologise as David Campany who was originally billed to speak at this event is no longer able to attend.
Who is it for?
It is an essential event for all students, graduate and practising photographers who would like to explore ways of working more collaboratively.
10:00 until 17:00 on Friday 19th January 2017, Registration begins at 09:30
New Adelphi Theatre, Ground floor of New Adelphi Building, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT
The venue is fully accessible, for more information on the the New Adelphi Building, please follow the link here.
Please book your ticket using the links below. You need to be signed in to make a booking. Tickets are £20. £15.50 for Redeye Members and £17.50 for Concessions.
Please note University of Salford students are eligible for a free ticket. To book your place as a Salford student please email AM-Engagement@salford.ac.uk with the subject title 'Meeting Point'.
Les Monaghan is a photographer interested in community, representation, history, and myth. Previously a press photographer schooled in unambiguous imagery, his practice has travelled full circle from deconstructing the documentary method through successive projects; staging photographs, working with texts, collaborative work and re-contextualisation, to a return to storytelling through documentary photography and captioning. He lives and works in South Yorkshire, England. Long term projects in the area include, assimilation (2006 – 2008), Aspirations Doncaster (2014), The Desire Project (2016) and the ongoing documentary work, Relative Poverty (2016 - 2017). Works are often shown on a large scale engaging directly with the public. He has exhibited and been published nationally and internationally.
Liz Wewiora is a photographer and curator, specialising in socially engaged practice. Since graduating from Glasgow School of Art with a Fine Art Photography Degree she has worked independently and across organisation roles in the North West and Glasgow, including FACT, CCA Glasgow, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and Glasgow Sculpture Studios.
Liz is the Creative Producer for Open Eye Gallery, a new role for the Cultural Shifts programme. Culture Shifts is a multi regional partnered Strategic touring programme, delivering Socially Engaged Photography residency programme across Merseyside and Cheshire. Liz is also starting her Masters of Research at Manchester School of Art this September (2016) in the role of photography within socially engaged practice.
Roger Tooth held the position of Head of Photography at the Guardian, the Observer and theguardian.com from 2008 until 2016. Using his early experience as a staff photographer on various newspapers throughout the 70s and 80s he began working as an Assistant Picture Editor in 1988 before progressing through the ranks at the Guardian newspaper. In 2001 whilst working as the Guardian’s Picture Editor the paper won newspaper of the year for best use of photography.
Since 2014, Roger has sat on the selection panel for the new RPS Creative Industries’ qualification in 2014 and currently enjoys exploring the wider world of photography.
Sarah Fisher has over 25 years experience in the arts. Currently Executive Director of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool and a freelance consultant specialising in organisational development and arts partnerships with universities, she is also on the board of Axisweb, Leeds.
Previous roles includes leading the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, and Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council NW, where she held strategic lead for contemporary art, including media arts, crafts and public realm, and, for two national priority areas: Digital Opportunities and Visual Arts. Previous roles, as Media Arts Officer, ACE, NW, and Visual Arts Officer for Halton, involved developing large-scale capital projects, informing policy and strategy and sector development.
Sarah began her career as a London-based practising artist, undertaking international residencies and lecturing at the Slade School of Art and Chelsea College of Art and Design. Sarah has a B.A. Fine Art (Winchester School of Art) M.A. Fine Art (Royal College of Art).
An award winning Creative Director; photographer and Master Printer based in London, Steve Macleod has been at the forefront of photographic imaging for over twenty-five years, collaborating with a vast network of clients and developing new and innovative photographic printing practices. He is a practising artist, represented by Black Box in the UK and Divane in Germany. He regularly exhibits and his works are held in both private and public institutions.
Steve is a Visiting Professor in Photography at the University of Suffolk, a visiting Lecturer at UAL and RCA, London and sits as Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST); the Patrons Board at the National Portrait Gallery and Trustee of National Open Arts. He runs an established mentorship scheme and sits on review panels for several competitions, artists platforms and art fairs.
Village Green – Harriet Broom and Chloe Ogden
Village Green is a creative platform for both current photography students as well as recent graduates. Formed and run by a group of six photographers who themselves have graduated from Manchester School of Art in summer 2017, and are all now working as independent practitioners in their own right. Village Green’s aim is to celebrate the work of these students and graduates, showcasing this through exhibitions and features to help develop their future practice and allow them to gain the recognition they deserve.
Photo Credit: Relative Poverty, Les Monaghan