Blog Archive

17 09 2014


Plane Materials, curated by Nathaniel Pitt, is an exhibition featuring new work by Cornford & Cross and Andrew Lacon. In the exhibition the artists explore the dialogue between photography and sculpture. Lacon’s studio based practice draws on historical documents and photographs from the Library of Birmingham’s archive that are specifically concerned with Roman antiquity and the framing of photographs of Roman sculpture. Cornford & Cross work differently, a non-studio based practice, they create work through discussion and debate, positing different conceptual ideas.

A Photoworks, GRAIN and Library of Birmingham Co-commission for Brighton Photo Biennial 2014. The exhibition can be seen from the 4 October – 2 November at the University of Brighton Gallery, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY. For further information please click here.

Above image credit: Andrew Lacon – Studio Collage (Bernini) 2014′


Cornford & Cross – Afterimage (2012), C-type-print removed and destroyed, from aluminium substrate in aluminium tray

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18 03 2014

GRAIN Growth

GRAIN recognises the need to invest in the infrastructure for photography in the region and to develop enablers and connectors who have impact and influence amongst the photography community. As such we have developed a Business Development Project in collaboration with consultant Lara Ratnaraja that enables focussed work with beneficiaries on their existing business competencies and their future growth and sustainability. This specialised work fulfills the objectives that GRAIN has for high quality activity, collaboration and impact.

The first three beneficiaries of this programme are Karen Newman, supporting her creation and development of BOM, Birmingham Loves Photographers, supporting their business development and fundraising and SQUARE, supporting their business development and the expansion of their exhibition programme.

Image: Square Magazine – Patricia van de Camp; Urban

06 03 2014


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The sixth National Photography Symposium took place at the Library of Birmingham over 3 days, the 12th, 13th and 14th June 2014.

GRAIN were delighted to host the event and to hear from leading figures on many issues facing photographers and the sector today.

We would like to thank all the speakers and presenters for their fantastic contributions and all the delegates who attended.

A big thank you is also due to our partners RedEye for leading the event.

To see and hear more about the topics discussed and from the speakers who included Jon Levy, Richard West, David Drake, Val Williams, Simon Roberts, Francis Hodgson, Stephen Mayes, Fiona Rogers and Edmund Clark please visit

There were many highlights and we very much appreciate the generosity of all those who contributed and shared their activities and knowledge making the Symposium a very essential, memorable and enjoyable event.

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