Image: Daniel Meadows National Portrait (Three Boys and a Pigeon) 1974. Courtesy the artist.

Prints from Merrie Albion are included in this new group exhibition Modern Nature: Photography that explores the merging of urban and rural landscapes in Britain.

For the first time in human history, more people are living in urban environments than in the countryside, yet the impulse to seek out nature remains as strong as ever. This new exhibition of photographs at The Hepworth Wakefield features leading British photographers Shirley Baker, Bill Brandt, Anna Fox, Chris Killip, Martin Parr and Tony Ray-Jones, Simon Roberts and explores our evolving relationship with the natural world and how this shapes individuals and communities.

Drawn from the collection of Claire and James Hyman, which comprises more than 3,000 photographs ranging from conceptual compositions to documentary-style works, Modern Nature will include around 60 photographs taken since the end of the Second World War, through the beginnings of de-industrialisation to the present day. It will explore the merging of urban and rural landscapes, the rapid expansion of cities and the increasingly intrusive management of the countryside.

Modern Nature runs from 13 July until 22 April 2019 at The Hepworth Wakefield. Admission is free.

Another Europe‘ celebrates the European Year of Cultural Heritage and Austria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The exhibition features 28 photographs, one from each EU Member-State, mounted on specially designed concrete benches around London’s Kings Cross area – the UK’s ‘Gateway to Europe’. Organised by Austrian Cultural Forum London.

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To celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage and Austria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Austrian Cultural Forum London in collaboration with the Representation of the European Commission in the UK and EUNIC (European Union National Institutes of Culture) presents Another Europe, an outdoor exhibition of photographs, around the Kings Cross area of London, exploring the diversity of European Heritage.

Another Europe features 28 photographs, one from each EU Member-State, mounted on specially designed concrete benches dispersed around London’s King’s Cross area. The photographers represent a wide range of photographic practices and are a mixture of established and emerging talents. Together they voice themes and influences we all recognise as part of our cultural heritage from concrete manifestations such as monuments, buildings and sites to the more ephemeral social aspects such as childhood, fairytales; theatre, landscape, conflict, work, celebration, family, memories, literature and traditions.

Images of NATO observation towers by Belgian photographer Els van den Meersch contrast with those of a wedding ceremony in Greece by George Tatakis, Petra Lajdova’s striking portrait of a woman in traditional Slovakian clothing, Marketa Luskacova’sCzech carnival scenes or the installation of a Jeff Koons sculpture at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum by Henk Wildschut. Italian photographer Massimo Vitali, famous for his heat-infused Mediterranean beach scenes, has photographed the Rome Forum while Simon Roberts (UK) brings us a very British beach scene of the Charles Dickens celebration at Broadstairs.

Curated by UK artist Hamish Park, the exhibiting artists are in full:

Jean Back (Luxembourg), Gerry Balfe Smith (Ireland), Jelena Blagović (Croatia), Paulo Catrica (Portugal) Emil Danailov (Bulgaria), Joanna Demarco (Malta), Alvaro Deprit (Spain), Tamas Dezso (Hungary), Jeanette Hagglund (Sweden), Nina Korhonen (Finland), Astrid Kruse Jensen (Denmark), Petra Lajdova (Slovakia), Marketa Luskacova (Czech Republic), Marlot & Chopard (France), Adam Panczuk (Poland), Klaus Pichler (Austria) Romualdas Požerskis (Lithuania), Birgit Püve (Estonia), Simon Roberts (UK), Oana Stoian (Romania), George Tatakis (Greece), Andrej Tarfila (Slovenia), Andreas Trogisch (Germany), Thodoris Tzalavras (Cyprus), Iveta Vaivode (Latvia), Els van den Meersch (Belgium), Massimo Vitali (Italy), Henk Wildschut (Netherlands).

I will be discussing my most recent project, Merrie Albion, in Bristol at Martin Parr’s new foundation. Copies of the book will also be available.

I will be one of the speakers at this year’s Street London festival in East London.

Street London returns in August this year with a new theme. We want to explore the ‘borders’ of street photography: where street photography meets photojournalism, art photography and portraiture.

Come join us for talks, shooting, panel discussions, drinks and much more.

TIckets available HERE.

0I have several prints included in this group exhibition at Side Gallery in Newcastle.

Some of this country’s most compelling documentary photography has been about the North of England. Explore the role it plays – both as conversation with communities and arguments with power – in this exhibition of major historical and contemporary photography. Drawing on Side Gallery’s own extraordinary collections as well as other key works, you’ll delve into a tradition that continues to shape perceptions of the wider North.

Bringing together contemporary and historical representations of Blackpool’s piers, Neither Land nor Sea, documents the enduring appeal of the architecture, atmosphere and activity of these Seaside structures.

Alongside paintings and photographic works from the Grundy’s Collection, a series of images by 19th Century, Blackpool-based photographer, Albert Eden, will also be exhibited. Printed from glass slides; part of Blackpool Council’s Heritage Collections, these images will be shown alongside a selection of work from photographers based in, or with links to Blackpool and the Fylde Coast, for whom Blackpool’s piers are a frequent subject.

Featuring works by; Albert Eden, H. Burrell, Joseph Conrad Morley, Thomas Huson, Simon Roberts, Linzi Cason, Karl Child, Yannick Dixon, Claire Griffiths, Dawn Mander, Jill Reidy, Richard Jon and Kate Yates.

You can read a review of the exhibition in Corridor 8 HERE.

Image: H. Burrell Pavilion Fire, North Pier 1921.

EVENTS

Saturday 14 April, 3pm – 5pm: Neither Land nor Sea, Artists’ Talk

Saturday 9 June, (time tbc): Blackpool North Pier, Tour and Talk

Saturday 16 June, 3pm – 5pm: The Social History of Blackpool’s Piers, an Illustrated Talk by Tony Sharkey

All events are FREE and will take place at the Grundy apart from the Blackpool North Pier, Tour and Talk. Please contact the Grundy or see our website for further information about any of these events

Image: The end of the world (1955) from New Vedute (2015-2016)

 

My New Vedute series are on show at Galerie Heinzer Reszler Lausanne.

Please join us for the private view on Tuesday 15 May.

As part of the exhibition The Great British Seaside at the National Maritime Museum, I will be in conversation with fellow exhibitors, Martin Parr and David Hurn to discuss the role of photography in documenting British culture and their approaches to capturing the seaside.

Viewing of the exhibition followed by a panel discussion and Q&A led by artist and writer Sunil Shah.

Book tickets HERE>

As part of their video art program, the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art are screening my two video pieces: Sight Sacralization: (Re)Framing Switzerland Part 1, Winter and Part 2, Summer.

The screening will be held from 1st May 2018 to 1st July 2018.

Read more here: https://www.hiroshima-moca.jp/en/exhibition/cat/video/

Image: Video still from ‘(Re)framing Switzerland Part 1 – Winter, 2016’

Public Performance, assembles photographs and video work from two of my series – The Last Moment and Sight Sacralization: (Re)framing Switzerland. Both works explore our society of instantaneity and the use of photography in relation to ideas of landscape identity and modern culture.

Alongside my work Zeitgeist will also be showing Jered Sprecher.

Dates:

Opening May 5, 6-8pm

Reception June 2, 6-8pm