CURRENT PROJECTS: from two metres

13 07 2020

Joanna Fursman

Joanna Fursman is a Birmingham based artist, academic and educator. Her research combines the distinct fields of the photographic image, art practice and pedagogy to examine contemporary appearances of school. Collaborating with schools and students in Birmingham on the days they returned to the class room in 2020 she makes the experiences of young people in school more visible and explores how returning to education in a landscape newly shaped by the pandemic looks and feels.

from two metres
by Joanna Fursman

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13 07 2020

Olivier Jamin

Olivier Jamin is a photographer and artist based in Birmingham. In making photographs he works with a DSLR camera as well as utilising his iPhone, iPad and tablets. His proposal and the resulting work focused on his interest in creating this project and challenge, sharing his experience through the eyes of a Deaf artist. His photographs focus on navigating a city centre in the context of the changes that Covid and lockdown have made.

Covid Mirror
by Olivier Jamin

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www.ojart.net

Image Credit: Olivier Jamin

13 07 2020

Yas Lime

Yas Lime is an early career artist-curator. They have begun to carve out a space in the DIY art scenes of Brighton and Birmingham and are currently working as an artist-curator at Eastside Projects, Birmingham. In the work made In response to the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown they focussed on their homelife and relationships made against a backdrop of chaos, rushing and adjustment to a new job and new home.

A response from Yas Lime for the Life in Lockdown Project

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www.yasmynart.wixsite.com/work

Image Credit: Yas Lime

13 07 2020

Robyn Clark

Robyn Clark is a digital artist from Stoke-on-Trent, she engages still photography and moving image to amplify themes around identity, anthropology and social commentary.

Influenced by her childhood growing up with performing artist parents, she employs DIY methods to her works by creating her own set, props and costumes.

The Chronicles of lockdown focuses on the toxicity of a social media echo-chamber, Robyn has devised three hyperbolic characters which represent a connotation of lockdown through the lens of social media.

The Chronicles of Lockdown
by Robyn Clark

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Image Credit: Robyn Clark

13 07 2020

Sarah Peart

Sarah Peart is a photographer based in Stoke on Trent. In her work she photographed the effects that Covid and lockdown have had on her city combining street photography with portraiture. Her work shows a city that has been hit hard by the pandemic as well as a community that has been resilient, have come together and who have found time to be with family and friends as they wait for the crisis to be over. In her engagement with individuals and communities she recorded audio with those she photographed encapsulating people’s views and opinions on the pandemic and their strength in continuing their way of life as best they can.

Aftermath
by Sarah Peart

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www.s-ephotos.com

13 07 2020

Holly Johnson

Holly Johnson is an artist and photographer based in Stoke on Trent. She is a portrait and event photographer who specialises in studio work and colourful, vibrant portraits. Since the onset of the pandemic, Holly has became particularly interested in highlighting the work and lives of local key workers and in her project she documents three individuals through a series of intimate photographs and interviews.

Life Behind The Front Line
by Holly Johnson

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The current pandemic has forced our attention to members of society working on the frontline, protecting those who are directly affected and most vulnerable. We thank those in uniform, we clap for the NHS, we put rainbows in our windows. But what if we as a society valued our key-workers the way we value celebrities? What if we showed the same interest in nurses, care workers, police officers and teachers as we show in actors, singers, reality TV stars and, for some reason, the Kardashians?

Life Behind the Front Line is a series of photos shining a spotlight on 3 local key workers from Stoke-on Trent working frontline roles, imitating the styles of magazine and journalist photography. These images present a vision of a hypothetical world where the interest of the public is focused on those who never stopped working, protecting and caring for us.

As someone who was furloughed and had a very isolated lockdown, it’s easy to be consumed by our only means to social interaction, TV and social media. It’s easy to forget about the people who kept on working and the struggles others have faced. Through this work I hope to highlight and celebrate the efforts of our local key-workers while simultaneously examining the way in which our society corrals and commodifies its most valued members – whoever they may be.

To accompany the portraits I recorded the subject’s audio to offer a deeper insight into their roles.

Read more about the artist here

Image Credit: Holly Johnson

With Thanks to Arts Council England and National Lottery players we were pleased to programme an exciting series of Photographer’s Talks as part of our 2020 online programme.

The talks are free and will take place online via Zoom, you will need to book a place via the links below, an email with the link to join the Zoom meeting will be sent out to attendees prior to the talks taking place.

Polly Braden
12th November | 6.00 PM
Free | 
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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.) with writing by David Kynaston.

Book a ticket here.

Image Credit: (c) Polly Braden

Previous Speakers include: Mark Neville, Jonny Briggs, Andrew Jackson and Lisa Barnard.

12 05 2020

Open Call

With thanks to Arts Council England we are pleased to announce our new online programme which means we can continue to share new work, support the making of work and engage with projects from the safety of our homes.

As part of our online programme we have a series of commissions and bursaries aimed at exploring, responding to and documenting the current historical and significant time we are experiencing.

The commissions and bursaries will support photographers and writers to make new work in isolation ( at a social distance), reflecting on these times & contributing to creativity and wellbeing.  Outcomes will be shared with audiences via our digital platforms. (Health & safety is particularly important, all projects must follow the government guidelines for the lockdown and social distancing).

We are interested in work that responds to the following themes; Social Distancing, Family, Community, Caring, Togetherness, Relationships, Health & Wellbeing, The Economy, Work, Key Workers.

We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. If applicants have any additional needs and would like support with their application please do get in touch at
Stephen.burke@grainphotographyhub.co.uk

There are a number of strands to this programme and the opportunities are open to photographers, artists and writers who are based in England. Please send your applications to Stephen.burke@grainphotographyhub.co.uk, within your email please state which strand of the programme you are applying for.

Commission: Fee £2000, Deadline 10th June 2020

  • We are awarding 2 commissions aimed at artists & photographers with a track record of producing high quality work.
  • A strong commitment to working at a professional level
  • Ambition for their work and practice
  • The work created must be able to be shared digitally
  • The work must be made in a 5 month period between June and October 2020.
  • To Submit please send your CV, examples of previous work & website links, and description of the work you propose to do (maximum 500 words) to Stephen.burke@grainphotographyhub.co.uk

Micro Bursary: Fee £500, Deadline 15th June 2020

  • We are awarding 6 bursaries aimed at emerging artists & photographers including recent graduates  from 2020.
  • The bursary will also include advice from the GRAIN team.
  • The work created must be able to be shared digitally before October 2020.
  • To Submit please send your CV, examples of previous work & website links, and description of the work you propose to do (maximum 200 words) Stephen.burke@grainphotographyhub.co.uk

Writing Bursary: Fee £250, Deadline 15th June 2020

  • We are awarding 2 writing bursaries.
  • The work created must be for text that has a photographic theme.
  • Submit a CV, examples of previous work & website links, and a short synopsis of the writing you would undertake to Stephen.burke@grainphotographyhub.co.uk

23 03 2020

Clare Hewitt

Photographer Clare Hewitt, awarded the 2019 GRAIN Bursary Award, has developed a project that aims to look at isolation through working with a community of individuals and a woodland of trees.

Through support from STEAMhouse, Clare has created, developed and produced 24 pinhole cameras that have been installed into 12 oak trees at The Birmingham Institute of Forest Research.

The pinhole cameras will be living in the community of trees for the next year, forming part of her project based on the ways that trees communicate in contrast to rising levels of human isolation and loneliness in rural areas.

Recent studies have found that isolation and loneliness are increasing in the UK, and lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day (Holt-Lunstad, 2015).

In her work Clare aims to address this issue through building a community of individuals who identify as lonely or isolated, and working with them to create a year-long photographic study of a community of ancient oak trees.

Although trees appear to be individual organisms above ground, scientific research shows that their complex communication methods facilitate survival, nurture and pass on wisdom, and send warnings when they are under attack. In a time when loneliness is increasing, segregation is being encouraged politically, and isolation driven through technology, there is much that can be learnt from the unity of the forest. This project is also supported by STEAMHouse, Birmingham City University.

Clare Hewitt is a photographer based in Birmingham. After completing a degree in Law at Oxford Brookes University, Clare went on to study Commercial Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth. She found that both subjects relate to a complex interest in human beings, their habits, behaviours and experiences, and through photography she could explore this in a more creative way.

In 2011 Clare’s work was selected for Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed at The Photographers’ Gallery, and has since been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, 2013. In 2016 and 2017 she was included in the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward emerging photographer selection for Eugenie and Kamera, and the British Journal of Photography’s nationwide Portrait of Britain exhibition. Clare has recently been shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society’s IPE #161, and selected for 209 Women, a photographic portrait project that marks the centenary of women achieving the vote in the UK in 1918.

www.clarehewitt.co.uk

Photographer Andy Pilsbury was awarded a Photobook bursary to support the development, creation and production of a new photobook dummy. The bursary includes professional feedback and guidance through a number of portfolio reviews with industry professionals.

Titled The Flesh & the Fantasy, the book dummy presents five stories connected by the export of American culture and its manifestation by outsiders in the UK. Interwoven with dreams and reality, or flesh and fantasy, Andy presents a multi layered narrative of symbolism, ideology and culture that journey through different genres and iconic subcultures commenting on both historic and contemporary themes.

With the American Dream becoming toxic and corroded in the USA, there still is an allure to Europeans who seek to transcend the monotony of life at home through embracing American narratives and clichés.

The timing of this work is extremely notable with the run up to the American elections, Trumpism and its political impact and the UK’s so-called special relationship with the US, alongside our positioning in Europe post Brexit.

Andy used long time friends and collaborators, Wild Ilk to design the book, and it was printed by Team Impression in Leeds.  Hardback 200 x 250mm, perfect bind, 107 pages.

As part of the bursary, Andy was able to attend the FORMAT International Photography Festival portfolio reviews to present the book dummy to a range of industry leaders including figures from galleries, agencies, magazines, media, photography festivals and publishing. Throughout the day the work was received very positively with plenty of feedback to move the project forward.

Andy Pilsbury is a photographer whose particular interest is the presentation of American culture within the UK. Drawn to communities, individuals and subcultures he forms wider narratives based on his own experience and notable historic and contemporary themes.

Alongside personal and commissioned projects he works as a Senior Photography Technician at Birmingham City University, educating students in the craft. He is commercially represented by Lisa Pritchard Agency, London.

www.andypilsbury.com


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