11 02 2020

Leah Gordon

Leah Gordon (born 1959 Ellesmere Port) is a photographer, film-maker, curator, collector and writer. In the 1980’s she wrote lyrics, sang and played for the feminist folk punk band, ‘The Doonicans’. Leah makes work on Modernism and architecture; the slave trade and industrialisation; and grassroots religious, class and folk histories. Gordon’s film and photographic work has been exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Dak’art Biennale; the National Portrait Gallery, UK and the Norton Museum of Art, Florida. Her photography book ‘Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti’ was published in June 2010. She is the co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; was a curator for the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale; was the co-curator of ‘Kafou: Haiti, History & Art’ at Nottingham Contemporary, UK; on the curatorial team for ‘In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art’ at the Fowler Museum, UCLA and was the co-curator of ‘PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince’ at Pioneer Works, NYC in 2018 and MOCA, Miami in 2019. In 2015 Leah Gordon was the recipient of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.

Image Credit: Vagabondaj Mawon: Sitadel, 2019, by Leah Gordon.

11 02 2020

Matthew Broadhead

Matthew Broadhead is a British photographer based in Southwest England (b.1994). In 2016, he graduated from the BA (Hons) Photography program at the University of Brighton and gained sustained recognition for his body of work A Space for Humans: The Moon on Earth. A Space for Humans was featured in The British Journal of Photography, Wallpaper*, The Exposed Issue 2 and Fisheye Vol 1.

Matthew has also been selected as a winner for awards from Magnum, Photoworks and Organ Vida. In late 2019, he graduated from the new MA Photography course at UWE Bristol with a new body of work titled The Sleeping Photographer.

Broadhead’s practice entails an engagement with photography as a critical medium and explores conjunctions between different subjects, notably geology; anthropology; history; folklore and mythology. His research in these areas is meant to influence how he interacts with subjects in a variety of contexts and the recording methodology used. Operating at the intersection between documentary and conceptual art, he is a storyteller who uses factual source material.

Broadhead is also a collector and dealer of nineteenth-century photography and conducts a great amount of research on this topic. In particular, he specialises in the life and work of his third great-grandfather Frederick William Broadhead.

Image Credit: by Matthew Broadhead

11 02 2020

Murray Ballard

Murray Ballard (b.1983) is a British photographer born and based in Brighton, UK.  He graduated from the University of Brighton in 2007 with a first-class degree in Photography.  The following year he was selected for Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed 08 – the annual showcase of work by ‘the most promising recent graduates’ at The Photographers’ Gallery, London. From 2008 he assisted Magnum photographer Mark Power for several years whilst continuing to work on his own commissions and self-initiated projects. Most notably his long-term investigation of cryonics – the practice of freezing the dead in the hope that future science and technology will be able to bring them back to life.

In 2011 the British Journal of Photography recognised him as ‘an emerging photographer of note’, following his debut solo show The Prospect of Immortality at Impressions Gallery, Bradford. The exhibition went on to tour both nationally and internationally. Venues include: Side Gallery, Newcastle; Format Festival, Derby; Breda Photo Festival, Netherlands, SI Fest, Italy and DongGang International Photography Festival, South Korea. In 2016 GOST Books published an extensive monograph of the work, which was shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture First Book Award.

Other commissioned work includes a residency at The John Innes Centre, Europe’s largest research Centre for the study of crop plants and microbiology, which resulted in a newspaper publication and pop-up exhibition, How to Genetically Modify a Tomato and Other Things we Eat. In 2012 Fotodocument commissioned him to photograph the UK renewable energy industry and in 2014 he was commissioned again as part of FotoDocument’s One Planet City project, which was exhibited at the Brighton Photo Biennale. In 2018 he was commissioned by Photoworks to make work about the South Downs for the redeveloped Royal Sussex County Hospital.

His photographs have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers including: Esquire, FT Weekend, GEO, GQ, The Guardian The Independent, The Telegraph, The Times and Wired.  As well as the photography journals: 6 Mois, British Journal of Photography, HotShoe and Professional Photography.

Image Credit: Closed down Poundstretcher, Boston, April 2017, by Murray Ballard.

We are delighted to announce, with thanks to Arts Council England, a new programme of 10 projects in collaboration with rural communities across the Midlands.  The selected photographers and artists will work with communities to explore issues of rural life, lifestyles and environments.  The projects will focus on rural economics, health and wellbeing, diversity, young people, land rights, cultural identity and post Brexit agriculture.

The commissioned photographers & artists are; Alannah Cooper, Emily Graham, Guy Martin, Leah Gordon, Matthew Broadhead, Murray Ballard, Navi Kaur, Oliver Udy & Colin Robins, Polly Braden and Sam Laughlin.

The projects will culminate in a new publication and a symposium which will be a platform for sharing work as well as having dialogue and debating the issues and concerns that have been discovered and raised through the production of the work.

Image Credit: Deer browse-line (various species) from the series A Certain Movement, by Sam Laughlin

11 02 2020

Navi Kaur

Navi Kaur (b. 1993) is an artist and educator based in Birmingham, UK.

Navi often makes work commenting on the migrant experience, specifically around journeys, environment, storytelling and documentary. Inspired by an archive of family photographs found in her grandparents’ home, she produces work in response to the lives they have built here in the U.K, encompassing their Sikh faith and daily regimes, working predominantly through the processes of digital photography, film and installation.

Navi works closely with her Budimom, Surinder, and Baba Ji, Karamjit (paternal grandparents), to better understand her own heritage and culture through feelings of displacement in organised environments and highlights the importance of celebrating cultural diversity through cross collaboration.

Image Credit: by Navi Kaur

The Anthology of Rural Life is an ongoing photographic project by Oliver Udy and Colin Robins. A photographic project whose intentions are to produce an archive of material that reveals and documents continuities and shifts in patterns of rural life.

The people and places in the images represent aspects of contemporary rural society where the economic, social and cultural changes to the nature of work mean that traditional ways of life in the countryside are slowly evolving.

Image Credit: The Anthology Of Rural Life, by Oliver Udy & Colin Robins.

11 02 2020

Polly Braden

Polly Braden is a documentary photographer whose work features an ongoing conversation between the people she photographs and the environment in which they find themselves. Highlighting the small, often unconscious gestures of her subjects, Polly particularly enjoys long-term, in depth collaborations that in turn lends her photographs a unique, quiet intimacy. Polly has produced a large body of work that includes not only solo exhibitions and magazine features, but most recently four books: Adventures in the Lea Valley (Hoxton Mini Press, 2016), Great Interactions: Life with Learning Disabilities and Autism (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2016), Out of the Shadows: The Untold Story of People with Autism or Learning Disabilities (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2018) alongside writer Sally Williams, and London’s Square Mile: A Secret City (Hoxton Mini Press, 2019.)

Caption: Lindsey. From the book Out of the Shadows: the Untold Story of People with Autism or Learning Disabilities. By Polly Braden

07 02 2020

Sam Laughlin

Sam Laughlin is a British visual artist whose recent practice is primarily concerned with intricate natural processes. Mainly utilising large format black and white photography, his work is characterised by its slowness, taking the form of long term projects intended primarily for exhibition.

Laughlin’s work has most recently been exhibited at Jerwood Space, Impressions Gallery, John Hansard Gallery and Towner Art Gallery. In 2015 Laughlin was commissioned by John Hansard Gallery to create work over a 4 year period. In 2017 he received the Jerwood/Photoworks Award.

Laughlin works mainly on artistic commissions and as a commercial photographer.

Image Credit: Deer browse-line (various species) from the series A Certain Movement, by Sam Laughlin

We are delighted to be once again working with Coventry University and The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum to deliver three talks by acclaimed photographers Lottie Davies, Lisa Barnard and Arpita Shah.

Lisa Barnard
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
18th March | 6pm
(Plus Booking Fee)

Lisa Barnard’s photographic practice discusses real events, embracing complex and innovative visual strategies that utilise both traditional documentary techniques with more contemporary and conceptually rigorous forms of representation. Barnard connects her interest in aesthetics, current photographic debates around materiality and the existing political climate.

“Barnard describes herself as a photographic artist, but her work seems unapologetically political. She pays homage to, and undercuts, the tropes of documentary realism”. Sean O Hagan, Guardian Review of  ‘Chateau Despair’.

Barnard is an Associate Professor and Programme leader on the MA in Documentary Photography at The University of South Wales. She has two publications both with GOST, Chateau Despair, supported by the Arts Council and Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden, supported by the Albert Renger Patzsche Book Award. Her latest work, The Canary and the Hammer was published by MACK in September 2019 and was funded by the Getty Images Prestige Grant.

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Arpita Shah
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
25th March | 6pm
(Plus Booking Fee)

Arpita Shah is a photographic artist 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 issues of cultural displacement in the Asian Diaspora.

Shah’s project ‘Nalini’ which was shot across India, Kenya and UK and explores the artist’s own maternal lineage was debuted at Street Level Photoworks in 2019 and will be touring to Impressions Gallery, Bradford from 17th Jan – 28th March 2020. Shah is currently developing new work across the Midlands exploring British Asian female identity commissioned by Grain Projects.

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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
  • Geoff Broadway
  • Anand Chhabra
  • Mark Neville
  • Kate Peters
  • Arpita Shah
  • Katrina Sluis
  • Indre Serpytyte
  • Lottie Davies

Image Credit: Lottie Davies, Quinn

Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid, Nilupa Yasmin & Caroline Molloy
The New Art Gallery Walsall
27th March
2pm – 5pm
£3 (plus booking fee)

In association with the exhibition ‘Too Rich a Soil’ at The New Art Gallery Walsall, the three exhibiting artists; Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid and Nilupa Yasmin in discussion with Caroline Molloy. The artists will speak about the shared themes of identity, culture and heritage in their practice. During this event the artists will reflect on their approach to the work featured in the exhibition.

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