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Photo News – Brighton-based art photographer pulls film from East Sussex Open 2014 exhibition

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WHERE’S WENDY PYE’S FILM?
Last week, I was at the East Sussex Open 2014 running until 15 September (open submission visual art competition with judged selection) at The Towner Gallery in Eastbourne for the private view. En route to the show I came across a number of slips of paper stuck to bus shelters, a phone box and a tree.  At the opening, I saw an invigilator picking up similar pieces of paper from the floor next to a cordoned-off installation. Later, whilst talking to filmmaker Andrew Kötting and his daughter Eden about her paintings in the show, Andrew opened a book with the same slip of paper enclosed within it.

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It read: Where’s Wendy Pye’s Film?
On the reverse was a website URL: http://wendypye.wordpress.com

Towner6I came home, typed in the URL and found a blog post relating to her submission to the Towner Open 2014. It appears that her film Six Feet from the Edge was selected for the show but that despite repeated efforts (numerous emails sent by the artist from 28 March through to 2 May and beyond with two phone calls) to discuss how it would be viewed (a vital concern for the creator of the work) she learned that the curatorial team had decided to show the film on a screen with headphones.

Why did the curator fail to respond to any of Wendy’s repeated emails and phone call requests to discuss the work until it was too late and she had no choice but to withdraw her film just before the opening? There is also the question of how filmmakers/artists’ work gets shown in open shows and the extent to which compromises can be made by the creators of such work, without seriously impacting on the viewing experience. It is interesting to note also that Andrew’s film was shown in a sealed-off dark cube, built, I would imagine, by the Towner technical team. Did he make a similar request as Wendy when he submitted his work? Did he request ‘ideal’, as she states she did, or ‘essential’ for the viewing of his work?

She writes: “This experience has left me feeling confused about the role of the curator and I have a few questions:

  • Do curators in public galleries have a responsibility for the artists they are exhibiting and their work? 
  • If curators choose not to have a discussion with the artist for e.g about the viewing experience of moving image work, should they be concerned how their curatorial choices may affect the art work and perhaps reconfigure it?

I leave you with some photos from the opening and a link to Wendy Pye’s blog post in its entirety. I will respond with some more thoughts in a day or so. Till then.

All iPhone photos ©Miranda Gavin

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Photo Resource – Tri-pod Case Study for Artquest: Working with photographic artists on Projects in Progress (PiP)

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Tri-pod Workshop Miranda Gavin discussing work, photo © Wendy Pye

I recently wrote a Case Study on Tri-pod (a creative initiative that I co-founded with photographer Wendy Pye) for Artquest, which I thought I would share with readers of this blog. Artquest is run by artists for artists and “provides the information to drive creative practice and help artists thrive on some of the lowest incomes in the creative sector”. It is hosted by the University of the Arts London and is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.

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Notes from Tri-pod research and development workshop, Roof Unit, 2011. Photo © Miranda Gavin

Tri-pod – Case Study on Artquest: “Working under the name Tri-pod, our key aim is to offer critical support to photographers and visual artists working on lens-based personal projects in progress…”

To read the full article, go to Tri-pod Case Study

Photo News – Call for applicants for Tri-pod autumn weekend 8 and 9 September workshop in London

Summer has finally arrived in the UK, or so I believe. I’m here in Prague catching up with myself and getting ready to go back to the UK in full swing. Today’s post is a little self promotion for the creative development workshops that Tri-pod co-founder Wendy Pye and I are holding throughout the year at Photofusion in London.

The format has been tweaked slightly for September’s workshop. We are delighted to be working with Method acting practitioner Sam Rumbelow, see bio, who has worked with Gillian Wearing and will be bringing over 30 years experience to the workshop. If you know anyone who may be interested in the workshop, please forward, or let me know via comments of relevant places to post details.

Tri-pod aims to develop sustainable creative initiatives that are not reliant on funding. We aim to keep costs down while maintaining a professional approach that remunerates all those involved.

(L-R) Tri-pod workshop 2011 at RoofUnit, photo © Wendy Pye; Tri-pod exhibition at Hotshoe Gallery 2011, photo © Phillip Reed

PHOTO PROJECT RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
AUTUMN WEEKEND WORKSHOP @ PHOTOFUSION, LONDON
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September 2012 from 10.00am-5.30pm

Tri-pod is calling for applicants for its weekend photo project creative development workshop to be held in the studio space at Photofusion in Brixton. The deadline for applications is FRIDAY 24 AUGUST.

About the weekend workshop
Tri-pod takes a holistic approach to building a dynamic and flexible model for working with photographers. This workshop aims to support participants in the development of their work using a variety of different strategies. The weekend engages the support of peers and is for photographers and visual artists using photography who have a lens-based Project in Progress. During the workshop, we will discuss approaches to your working practice, including the various challenges and ‘blocks’ that can prevent a creative project from moving forward.

On Saturday, participants will explore personal development strategies that can be used in relationship to creative potential, facilitated by Miranda Gavin and Sam Rumbelow. On Sunday, participants will receive guidance and feedback in small groups from three industry professionals, Laura Noble, Sue Steward and Miranda Gavin about their personal project.

Tri-pod will be developing a network for its workshop participants and will be offering evening and half-day follow-up sessions for ongoing support later in 2012.

Exhibition opportunity for 2013
In collaboration with Photofusion, Tri-pod will be offering participants a two-person show to be held in the summer of 2013 at Photofusion’s gallery in Brixton. The photographers will be selected from those have attended Tri-pod workshops.

To apply
The workshop is aimed at people who have a personal photography Project in Progress (PiP). It can be a documentary/editorial or art-based body of work. Please note that applicants will need to bring images and if applicable research notes/sketchbook to show over the weekend.

Please email a 150-word maximum overview of the PiP or an artist statement in the body of the email, with a CV attached to: info@tri-pod.co.uk.

Deadline for applications is FRIDAY 24 August
Successful applicants will be contacted on SUNDAY 26 August
Fee: £250.00

About the workshop facilitators
Sam Rumbelow has 30 years experience in the acting industry and is a leading Method acting practitioner in the UK. Sam works with a diverse range of creative practitioners evolving their creative technique and unlocking their true creative potential. He collaborated with Turner-prize winner Gillian Wearing on the critically acclaimed film Self Made and recently gave tailor-made workshops at the Whitechapel Gallery and Hayward Gallery.

Miranda Gavin is a freelance writer specialising in photography, a media trainer and visual creative. As well as her role as deputy editor of Hotshoe magazine and running the Hotshoe Blog, she reviews work, gives talks and is co-founder of Tri-pod.

Laura Noble is a writer, curator, collector and co-director of commercial art gallery Diemar/Noble Photography set up in 2009. She is the author of The Fine Art of Collecting Photography and has key essays in several monographs.

Sue Steward is an independent writer, broadcaster and photo editor. She is the photography critic for the Evening Standard and an occasional arts commentator for radio, as well as judging photo competitions and working on numerous newspapers and magazines.

About Tri-pod
The first Tri-pod project development group was set up in April 2010 by Wendy Pye and Miranda Gavin and ran as a closed, ongoing research and development group over 18 months. This culminated in a group exhibition of participants work Nine-Point Perspective: Ways of Seeing at Hotshoe Gallery, London in August 2011. Tri-pod also hosted their first one-day workshop at RoofUnit Studio, Bethnal Green in July 2011.

Photo news – Tri-pod calls for applicants for its June weekend Photo Project workshop at Photofusion in London

Participants get feedback at Tri-pod’s day workshop at RoofUnit and the exhibition Nine-Point Perspective held at Hotshoe Gallery in summer 2011. Photos  (L-R)  © Wendy Pye and © Phillip Reed.

A little bit of self-promotion today but only a little. Tri-pod – the creative iniative I set up with photographer Wendy Pye – has set up a weekend workshop that could be just the ticket.

Tri-pod is calling for applicants for its weekend Photo Project Research and Development workshop to be held in the studio space at Photofusion in Brixton. The workshop is aimed at anyone who is working on a personal photographic project in progress and who may be having difficulties getting motivated or moving forward,

PHOTO PROJECT RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
WEEKEND WORKSHOP @ PHOTOFUSION, LONDON

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 June 2012
10.00am-5.30pm

About the weekend workshop:
The weekend will be based on the belief that some photographers would benefit from the support of peers and mentors whilst developing a body of work. The aim of the weekend will be to support participants who specifically have a photographic project in progress.

During the workshop, we will discuss approaches to your working practice and the various challenges that can block a project moving forward. There will also be an opportunity, all day on Sunday, to receive personal guidance and feedback from three industry professionals about your project in progress (PiP) in small groups.

Tri-pod will be developing a network for its workshop participants and will be offering evening and half-day follow-up sessions for ongoing support later in 2012.

Exhibition opportunity for 2013:
In collaboration with Photofusion, two participants, selected from those attending Tri-pod workshops, can apply to be included in a two-person show to be held in the summer of 2013 at Photofusion’s gallery in Brixton.

To apply:
This workshop is aimed at people who have a photography Project in Progress (PiP). It can be a documentary/editorial or art-based body of work. Please note that applicants will need to bring images and if applicable research notes/ sketchbook to show over the weekend.

Please email a 150-word maximum overview of the Project in Progress or an artist statement (in the body of the email) with a CV attached to:

info@tri-pod.co.uk

The deadline for applications is Monday 4 June at 5pm. Successful applicants will be contacted on Wednesday 6 June.

Fee: £250.00

About the workshop facilitators:
Miranda Gavin is a freelance writer specialising in photography, a media trainer and visual creative. She is the deputy editor of Hotshoe Magazine, runs the Hotshoe Blog, and is a regular contributor to photo magazines in
the UK and abroad.

Laura Noble is a writer, curator, collector and co-director of commercial art gallery Diemar/Noble Photography set up in 2009. She is the author of The Fine Art of Collecting Photography and has key essays in several monographs.

Sue Steward is an independent writer, broadcaster and photo editor. She is the photography critic for the Evening Standard and an occasional arts commentator for radio, as well as judging photo competitions and working on numerous newspapers and magazines.

About Tri-pod:
The first Tri-pod project development group was set up in April 2010, facilitated by Miranda Gavin and ran as a closed, ongoing research and development group over 18 months, culminating in a group exhibition of participants work at Hotshoe Gallery, London in August 2011. Tri-pod also hosted their
first one-day workshop at RoofUnit Studio, Bethnal Green in July 2011.

*Tri-pod aims to develop sustainable creative initiatives that are not reliant on funding. We aim to keep cost down while maintaining a professional approach that remunerates all those involved.

Link to PDF text-only version with all workshop details:
Tri-pod_workshop_16 and 17 June

Photo Stroll through the Nine-Point Perspective show on the evening of the Private View



So here’s the evidence. The Private View goes ahead, with over 200 people visiting throughout the evening. Thanks to the lovely and talented photographer  Phillip Reed for taking these photos for us on the night, much appreciated and to all who came out despite the riots earlier in the week, it meant a lot. All photos © Phillip Reed

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