2019 Talk Programme : Artist & Photographer talks announced

2019 Talk Programme

GRAIN hosts evening talks given by artists and photographers, throughout the year, and in collaboration with its partners. The talks are frequently programmed to coincide with the regional exhibitions, events and commissions.

Anand Chhabra & Geoff Broadway
10 January | 6pm
Gowling Room, Birmingham Hippodrome

Artists, Photographers and Archivists Anand Chhabra and Geoff Broadway talk about the community archives Apna Heritage and Living Memory and the role of women in archive histories and community photography archives.
Free talk, no need to book.

Mark Neville
4th February | 6pm
Curzon Building, Birmingham City University
£5 / £3

British artist Mark Neville works at the intersection of art and documentary, investigating the social function of photography. He makes lens-based works which have been realised and disseminated in a large array of contexts, as both still and moving image pieces, slideshows, films, and giveaway books. His work has consistently looked to subvert the traditional role of social documentary practice. Often working with closely knit communities, in a collaborative process intended to be of direct, practical benefit to the subject, his photographic projects to date have frequently made the towns he portrays the primary audience for the work.
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Kate Peters
27th February | 6pm
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
In collaboration with Coventry University and Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
£5 / £3

Originally hailing from the midlands, Kate is now based in London, working internationally on personal and commercial photographic projects. Spanning genres, Kate’s work is informed by a respect and understanding of the craft of image-making. She has a particular interest in the representation of women and notions of identity and performance in everyday life.

Highlights in her career journey include a Guardian Weekend Magazine commission to photograph 32 Olympic hopefuls including Sir Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah and having her portrait of Julian Assange, the founder of Wikilieaks featured on the cover of TIME magazine. A selection of Kate’s portraits form part of the permanent collection at the National Portrait gallery, London
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Arpita Shah
26th March | 6pm
Midlands Art Centre
£5 / £3

Arpita Shah is a photographic artist and educator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She works between photography and film, exploring the fields where culture and identity meet. As an India-born artist, Shah spent an earlier part of her life living between India, Ireland and the Middle East before settling in the UK. This migratory experience is reflected in her practice, which often focuses on the notion of home, belonging and shifting cultural identities. Shah’s work tends to draw from Asian and Eastern mythology, using it both visually and conceptually to explore the issues of cultural displacement in the Asian Diaspora.
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Katrina Sluis
27th March | 6pm
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

In collaboration with Coventry University and Herbert Art Gallery & Museum   
£5 / £3
Katrina Sluis is a curator, writer and media educator who is presently Senior Curator (Digital Programme) at The Photographers’ Gallery and Co-Director of the Centre of the Study of the Networked Image, London South Bank University. With a technical background in systems administration and early internet technologies, her work is concerned with photography’s relationship to computation, its social circulation and cultural value.
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To date we have been delighted to host talks by the following;

  • Mat Collishaw
  • Faye Claridge
  • Nathaniel Pitt and Donall Curtin
  • Tom Hunter
  • Sophy Rickett and Bettina von Zwehl
  • Bruce Gilden
  • David Birkett
  • Daniel Meadows
  • Simon Roberts
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Matthew Murray
  • David Hurn
  • Trish Morrissey
  • Guy Martin
  • Lua Ribeira
  • Liz Hingley

Image credit Betty at Port Glasgow Town Hall Xmas Party, 2005 , (c) Mark Neville

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