Online Photo Café
Photo Café is an informal discussion and meeting place, an event that invites speakers and participants to discuss ideas, debate topics around contemporary photography issues and network with others. The event is for photographers, artists with a photographic practice, students and general public with an interest in the subject.
Photo Café will feature photographers and artists talking about their work, ideas, audiences and engagement. Due to Covid-19 our programme of talks and conversations will take place on line, via Zoom, you can book your free 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.
Photo Café with Clare Hewitt and Laura Dicken
29th July, 6PM, Zoom
Book a free ticket here
For our next Photo Café event we will be joined by photographers Clare Hewitt and Laura Dicken.
Clare and Laura will present their work including work made supported by GRAIN through our bursary scheme. During the event we will also announce details of a new bursary open call.
Clare Hewitt is a Photographer based in Birmingham, UK. After completing a degree in Law at Oxford Brookes University, Clare went on to study Commercial Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth.
Clare’s work predominantly focuses on loneliness and isolation. In her ongoing work supported by GRAIN, Everything in the forest is the forest, Clare is working with a community of 12 oaks at The Birmingham Institute of Forest Research to visually understand how trees thrive through connection, and learn how this behaviour can be applied to her creative practice. In Kamera, Clare has been exchanging letters with a prisoner on death row in Kentucky since 2015, creating a landscape photograph to send each time she writes.
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 ‘17 she was included in the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward emerging photographer selection for her works Eugenie and Kamera, and the British Journal of Photography’s nationwide Portrait of Britain exhibition. In 2018 and 2021 Clare was shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition, and she is the recipient of the GRAIN Bursary Award 2019.
Her clients include The New Yorker, Oxfam, Guardian Weekend Magazine, The Wire, New Statesman, and Apollo.
Clare has recently been appointed as Vanley Burke’s Archivist with Art360 Foundation and The Feeney Archive Project.
Laura Dicken is a socially engaged artist currently based in the Black Country. Laura works locally, nationally and internationally frequently using analogue photographic processes and more recently developing a series of moving image artworks. Through her work Laura hopes to facilitate windows of opportunity for previously untold stories to be shared authentically and with agency applying a collaborative process built upon meaningful connection and conversation.
Laura has previously exhibited at UNSEEN Photography Festival Amsterdam, Open Eye Gallery Liverpool and FORMAT Photography Festival Derby and has recently received commissions from Multistory, Creative Black Country and Coventry Biennial as well as being awarded the GRAIN and New Art West Midlands International Bursary.
Past Photo Café speakers include; Elisa Moris Vai, Lesia Maruschak, Vera Hadzhiyska, Richard Mark Rawlins, Chris Hoare, Kirsty Mackay, Ania Ready, Gianluca Urdioz, Holly Houlton, Paul Romans, Tommy Sussex, Exposure Photography Festival, Emma Palm, Louie Villanueva, Angela Boehm, Dona Schwartz, The Other, Kelly O’Brien, Joanne Coates, Maryam Wahid, Camilla Brown, East Meets West, Multistory, Emma Chetcuti, Jaskirt Boora, Jagdish Patel, Liz Wewiora, Anthony Luvera, Rachel Barker, Sam Ivin, Mark Murphy, Andy Pilsbury, Nilupa Yasmin, Emma Case, Rob Hewitt, Living Memory Project, Geoff Broadway, Adam Neal, Emily Jones, Andrew Jackson, Atillio Fiumarella, Max Kandhola, Faye Claridge, Tom Hicks, Charisse Kenion, Gunhild Thomson, Marcus Thurman, James Abelson, Leanne O’Connor, Lucy Turner, Leah Hickey, Laura Chen, Amanda Holdom, Tia Lloyd, Anand Chhabra, Claire Hewitt, Beth Kane, Chris Neophytou, Jonny Bark, Fraser McGee, Peta Murphy, Red Eye, Duck Rabbit, Lilly Wales, Matthew Finn, Walter Rothwell, Richard Lambert, Anneka French, Caroline Molloy, Tarla Patel and Mark Wright.