Image: Detail of ‘South Downs Way, East Sussex, 2007’ from the series, We English

British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970s to Now

I have several pieces included in this group show, an Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition running from 30 SEP – 21 JAN 2018.

This major survey exhibition focuses on artists who have shaped our understanding of the British landscape and its relationship to identity, place and time. Exploring how artists interpret urban and rural landscape through the lens of their own cultural, political or spiritual ideologies, the exhibition reveals the inherent tensions between landscape represented as a transcendental or spiritual place, and one rooted in social and political histories.

Though primarily photography, A Green and Pleasant Land includes film, painting and sculpture by over 50 artists, illustrating the various concerns and approaches to landscape pursued by artists from the 1970s to now.

 

Artists included in the exhibition: Keith Arnatt, Gerry Badger, Craig Barker, John Blakemore, Henry Bond and Liam Gillick, Paul Caponigro, Thomas Joshua Cooper, John Davies, Susan Derges, Mark Edwards, Anna Fox, Melanie Friend, Hamish Fulton, Fay Godwin, Andy Goldsworthy, Paul Graham, Mishka Henner, Paul Hill, Robert Judges, Angela Kelly, Chris Killip, John Kippin, Karen Knorr, Ian Macdonald, Ron McCormick, Mary McIntyre, Peter Mitchell, Raymond Moore, John Myers, Martin Parr, Mike Perry, Ingrid Pollard, Mark Power, Paul Reas, Emily Richardson, Ben Rivers, Simon Roberts, Paul Seawright, Andy Sewell, Theo Simpson, Graham Smith, Jem Southam, Jo Spence, John Stezaker, Paddy Summerfield, The Caravan Gallery, Chris Wainwright, Patrick Ward, Clare Woods and Donovan Wylie.

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/a-green-and-pleasant-land/

Join us for a one-day symposium accompanying Museums Sheffield’s new exhibition at the Graves Gallery, Street View: Photographs of Urban Life.

Featuring images primarily drawn from Sheffield’s own photographs collection, the exhibition explores the diversity of the street; as a social space, as a battleground for protest and as a source of artistic inspiration. Visitors will discover a range of works which, in many cases, have not been exhibited for over 20 years.

This symposium will contextualise the exhibition within the broader theme of street photography and the long-term development of photography in Sheffield. It also aims to emphasise the importance of UK-wide photography networks to continued development and research in the field. The symposium will offer the first chance to find out about the Photographic Collections Network. This is a new organisation, supported by Arts Council England, for anyone involved with photography archives and collections. It launches in October 2016 and Paul Herrmann, one of the co-founders, will give more information about its aims and plans.

Speakers will include Susanna Brown (Curator, Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum), Simon Roberts (UK-based contemporary photographer), Paul Herrmann (Director, RedEye: The Photography Network and Chairman of the Photographic Collections Network), Paul Hill (UK-based photographer and Professor of Photography) and Ken Phillip (Sheffield-based photographer and former Lecturer of Photography, Sheffield Hallam University).

The symposium will be followed by a special evening viewing of the Street View exhibition 5.45pm-7.45pm with curator Catherine Troiano. 

Tickets are priced 12 / £10 concessions and are available now – please book via Eventbrite

For further information please contact Catherine Troiano: c.troiano@vam.ac.uk 

My photograph, ‘Fountains Fell, Yorkshire Dales, 2008’, from We English, has just entered the Sheffield Museum Collection and is included in the group show Street View: Photographs of Urban Life.

This exhibition explores how photographers have captured city life on camera in Sheffield, around the UK and abroad, bringing together a series of highlights from the collection, many of which have not been on display for over 20 years.

The invention of smaller, lighter hand-held cameras in the late 19th century enabled photographers to escape the restrictions of the studio and take their practice onto the street. Ever since, the street has appeared in photographs as both a primary subject and an informative backdrop, contextualising the rest of the scene. This exhibition explores the diversity of the street; as a social space, as a battleground for protest and as a source of artistic inspiration.

Street View showcases photographs by both internationally recognised photographers and local artists. The images on display span the everyday to the extraordinary, from familiar depictions of work and leisure to images of national celebration and political activism.

The exhibition is supported by loans from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Hyman Collection.

This exhibition has been organised in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum, supported by the Art Fund with the assistance of the Foyle Foundation.

 

An exhibition curated by The Photographers’ Gallery, London, includes a series of my We English prints. It is continuing its tour this summer to Three Shadows Gallery in Xiamen, China from August 16th – October 2016.

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Installation view, Work, Rest & Play: British Photography from the 1960s to Today , Three Shadows Photography Centre, Xiamen, China, 2016

Work, Rest & Play is structured chronologically, with the themes of ‘work’, ‘rest’ and ‘play’ providing a backdrop through which to experience the images and the subjects they focus on. This exhibition features over 450 works by thirty-seven acclaimed photographers and artists working across a wide range of genres and disciplines including photojournalism, portraiture, fashion and fine art.

Artists included in the exhibition include Terence Donovan, James Barnor, Linda McCartney, Shirley Baker, Derek Ridgers, Martin Parr, Toby Glanville, Jason Evans, Tim Walker, Nigel Shafran, Lorenzo Vitturi, Melanie Manchot and Simon Roberts, to name a few.

The exhibition has previously been exhibited at OCT-Loft, Shenzhen; Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai and Visual Arts Centre, OCT-Chengdu as part of the 2015 UK-China Year of Culture organized by the British Council.

A specially commissioned essay by writer and historian Lucy Soutter, on the key themes of the show, can be read here. Installation views of the exhibition in Xiamen can be viewed here, alongside documentation of all the other installations of the project.

I will be exhibiting some prints in the group show An Ideal for Living: Photographing Class, Culture and Identity in Modern Britain, exhibited at Beetles&Huxley gallery in London.

The exhibition runs: 27 July – 17 September 2016

An Ideal for Living uses photography from the 1920s to the present day to examine perceptions of class, custom and identity in modern Britain. A timely consideration of what it means to be British, the exhibition will draw on the work of 28 diverse photographers to present the habits, styles and routines, which encapsulate British identity through social aspiration, political protest and counter-culture.

The earliest photographs in the exhibition are Bill Brandt’s and E.O. Hoppé’s studies of the interwar period. These images show the idiosyncrasies of the British class at this time, depicting miners, maids and gentlemen in their homes, on the streets, at work and leisure. Another early photograph is Henri Cartier-Bresson’s sardonic documentation of the crowds during the coronation of King George VI in 1937.

The post-war period is represented by Frank Habicht’s photographs showing the spirit on the 1960s, a period when libertarian attitudes were expressed through fashion, design and political activism. John Bulmer’s images of the same time provide a contrasting view of this decade with photographs of working class communities in the north of England and Charlie Phillips’ photographs document the integration of black communities into British towns and cities. Also from this period, Bruce Davidson’s photographs of nannies in Hyde Park and mining communities in Wales show the continuation of British traditions in the 1960s.

The political unrest and social divides of the 1970s and 1980s are represented by Syd Shelton’s images of the Battle of Lewisham in 1977, Philip Jones Griffith’s photograph of a young soldier in Northern Island, Neil Libbert’s reportage of the 1981 Brixton riots, the bleakly cinematic images of Glasgow by Raymond Depardon and Richard Billingham’s hard-hitting series Ray’s A Laugh. The emergence of a defined youth culture and identity is shown through Derek Ridgers iconic photographs of skinheads and punks contrasted with Jürgen Schadeberg’s photographs at the other end of the spectrum of unruly students at a May Ball in Cambridge. These images are juxtaposed with Martin Parr and Peter Dench’s wry and humorous studies of the British at leisure in the same period.

The most recent work in the exhibition is by Anna Fox, James Morris and Simon Roberts whose work collectively explores social identity in contemporary Britain through photographs of the modern British environment, in the countryside and city.

Image: Croydon Summer Festival, Lloyd Park, Surrey, 1st August 2010

 

Blasts from the past‘, is a Museum of Croydon, Croydon NOW exhibition, celebrating 21 years of exhibitions at Croydon Clocktower.

Between 1995 and 2011, Croydon Clocktower’s Exhibition Gallery hosted 38 major exhibitions. Three exhibitions were held each year and were visited by a total of nearly 350,000 people. ‘Blasts from the past’ will use objects, archive collections, ephemera and people’s memories to recreate this contribution to Croydon’s cultural scene.The exhibition includes my print ‘Croydon Summer Festival’ which was commissioned for an exhibition of We English held at the gallery in late 2010. Details here.

The exhibition runs from 19 April 2016 – Saturday 15 April 2017.
Museum of Croydon
Croydon Clocktower
Katharine Street
Croydon
CR9 1ET
Tuesday – Saturday, 10.30am – 5pm (except public holidays).
Entrance to the exhibition is free.

Photographs from my We English series are included in the current issue of IL Magazine in Italy, the monthly news magazine of Italian financial newspaper, along with a new image for the cover. The photographs accompany an article entitled ‘Please Don’t Go’ discussing the upcoming referendum on British membership of the EU.

You can download a pdf of the article here.

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Image: ‘Grouse shoot, Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire, 2008’ Lambda Print, 110 X 150 cm

Flowers Gallery presents The British Figure, bringing together works by British artists exploring the human form over the past thirty years. Demonstrating diverse approaches to process, handling of materials and subject matter, they investigate broad themes from political and social allegory to issues of gender and sexuality, reflecting contemporary attitudes towards what it means to be human, and the world around us.

Read more here: http://flowersgallery.com/exhibitions/flowers/2015/british-figure/

An interview and selection of my work published in the May 2015 issue of Von Magazine, download a pdf here.

Here’s a few sample spreads….

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WORK, REST AND PLAY: BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE 1960S TO TODAY

Touring Exhibition: OCT Loft, Shenzhen China

The Photographers’ Gallery, London in collaboration with The Pin Projects, Beijing OCT-LOFT, Shenzhen and with support from the British Council present Work, Rest and Play: British Photography from the 1960s to Today. Featured as part of the 2015 UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange, this will be the first touring exhibition in China solely devoted to British photography.

This exhibition presents a survey of over fifty years of British photography through the lens of documentary practices. Featuring work by some of the most significant photographers and artists of the time, it reflects photography’s growing cultural position both within the UK and on the international stage.

Work, Rest and Play features over 450 images by thirty-seven acclaimed photographers and artists working across a wide range of genres and disciplines, including photojournalism, portraiture, fashion and fine art. Arranged chronologically the exhibition explores British society through changing national characteristics, attitudes and activities over the last five decades. Multiculturalism, consumerism, political protest, post-industrialisation, national traditions, the class system and everyday life all emerge under the broader themes of Work, Rest and Play.

Working life finds expression and contrast through Philip Jones Griffiths’ photographs of Welsh miners in the 50s Anna Fox’s study of London office life in the 80s and Toby Glanville’s portraits of workers in rural Britain in the late 90s; Rest is depicted through landscapes and portraits of the British seaside from photographers including John Hinde, Fay Godwin and Simon Roberts; while Play features humour and the rise of popular culture realised in Martin Parr’s colourful chronicles as well as Derek Ridgers explorations of subcultures and Terence Donovan’s definitive images of British fashion.

Additional works included in this exhibition are by Shirley Baker, James Barnor, Cecil Beaton, Jane Bown, Vanley Burke, Jason Evans, Julian Germain, Stephen Gill, Dryden Goodwin, Tom Hunter, Harry Jacobs, Tony Ray Jones, Karen Knorr, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Melanie Manchot, Linda McCartney, Spencer Murphy, Mark Neville, Nigel Shafran, Paul Seawright, David Spero, Clare Strand, Jon Tonks, Lorenzo Vitturi, Tim Walker, Patrick Ward, Tom Wood and Catherine Yass.

The exhibition will continue to tour to Beijing and Shanghai at dates to be announced.