Making Space

Elle Osborne has been developing her sound installation, Stand Apart, over the past year. Elle wanted to work with young women about being heard and not heard and ran a number of workshops to create her final work.

2-225x300Stand Apart is available to view at Fabrica on Thursday 22 January 6-9pm.

Making Space projects take place outside of the main gallery programme at Fabrica. Artists can make a proposal to try a new piece of work out in the gallery space, where the public can view for an evening event, discussion event or open up as a studio as part of the project.

Past projects have included a Contemporary Cave painting by Thomas Allen, Ellen Southern and Claire Whistler developed their sound and performance piece Creeping Buttercup and Joseph Young developed his performance and sound installation The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing.

There are approximately two opportunities per year, plus the Testbed that takes places in September during the Brighton Digital Festival.


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Franco/British Artist Residency – summer 2015

Chateau de Sacy are presently inviting submissions from British artists wishing to spend a month at Sacy in the summer of 2015.

The work must be site-specific and transcend language barriers. The residency includes free accommodation and work space, along with an exhibition and catalogue at the end of the season and a grant of 1000 €. A minimum of 5 years of professional art experience is required.

For more information and an application form visit the website.

Deadline 15 November 2014.

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Jerwood Makers Open 2015 – Call for entries

An opportunity for artists and collaborative practices working across craft and design disciplines

On offer are five awards of £7,500 and support to develop new work over a period of six months. The work will be exhibited as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space and on tour nationally. The awards will be made by an independent selection panel: Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts magazine, Isobel Dennis, Director of New Designers & Michael Marriott, product designer and curator.

For more information and details of how to apply see the website.

Deadline 5pm on 4 November 2014.

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Twixt Two Worlds

Brighton Photo Biennial 2014

An exploration of the transition between still and moving images sees historic cinematic techniques and apparatus set alongside works from contemporary artists.

Inspired by the Barnes Brothers’ early cinema collection at Hove Museum, Twixt Two Worlds takes the technique of double exposure and the visual effect of superimposition as starting points to explore the development of still and moving image across photography, magic lantern slides and cinema.

Objects such as early cine cameras (c.1900) and magic lanterns (c.1850) sit alongside moving image works by contemporary artists like Douglas Gordon, Saskia Olde Wolbers and Jane & Louise Wilson.

Twixt Two Worlds at Towner, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ. 4th October-2nd November 2014.

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Five Contemporary Photography Collectives

Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 

An exploration of collaborative working methods, with five very different contemporary photography collectives.

These contemporary views on photography provide a route into current conversations around the resurgence of photography collectives. Invited for their varying styles and their approaches to working together, ABC, Burn My Eye, RUIDO Photo, Sputnik Photos and Uncertain States outline the impact of this way of working, nationally and internationally. Considered here is the dynamic, democratic process of navigating and negotiating a cohesive voice through the notion of a collective.

The international group ABC create, engage and communicate on issues concerning self-publishing. Their project ABCEUM re-imagines the museum as a book installation. Each of the museum’s rooms is a different artist’s book. Visitors can wander a floor-plan of assembled books. ABCEUM is an evolving project with its own changing programme of exhibitions – much like any museum. In ABCEUM, however, the idea of a museum itself can become its own subject.

Burn My Eye grew from a small group of photographers with a shared passion for straight, unposed photography. Wanting to encourage personal development through critique and discussion with respected peers, the members embraced different sensibilities and cultural backgrounds that allowed for a broad set of influences in a close-knit environment. RUIDO Photo, based in Barcelona, is the culmination of the work of a group of photographers, designers and journalists,  who undertake independent photography projects with strong social content and cultural commitment with the clear aim of raising awareness, encouraging reflection and provoking social change. Sputnik Photos is an international collective founded in 2006 by nine documentary photographers from Central and Eastern Europe, united in their desire to observe and describe their shared post-Soviet experience. Photobooks are an important feature of their practice, made in collaboration with journalists and writers to convey a rounded sense of each project. Uncertain States is a lens-based, artist-led project releasing a quarterly broadsheet that expands critical visual dialogue. Themes include how our perceptions of key issues, such as politics, religion and personal identity, are formed. They showcase established and emerging artists through their exhibitions, monthly talks and web-based publications, showing work from all photographic genres. They work in partnership with other organisations, developing an extensive community and opportunities for their contributors.

Five Contemporary Photography Collectives, spread over two venues: Circus Street Market, Circus Street, Brighton, BN2 9QF and  University of Brighton Gallery, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY. 4th October-2nd November 2014.

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A Return to Elsewhere

Brighton Photo Biennial 2014

Two locations, two photographers, working together to exchange experiences and perspectives, sharing the process of making to create a single project

Photographers, Kalpesh Lathigra (UK) and Thabiso Sekgala (SA), have used the framework of collaboration to develop work at the same time in two cities. Together, they have chosen to explore communities and the representation, exploring understandings of belonging, histories, silence, memory and loss.

Lathigra and Sekgala chose to begin their project in connection with Indian communities in two primary locations Marabastad and  Laudium, South Africa and in Brighton, UK. Marabastad was a culturally and racially diverse community before forced relocation in the late 1940’s. Closeby, Laudium, on the outskirts of Pretoria was proclaimed an Indian Township in 1961 under the Group Areas Act. One of Brighton’s largest ethnic minority groups is of Indian descent, a community with an interesting historical back story relating to the British Indian Army, whose soldiers fought in WW1 and were temporarily hospitalised in the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, a building inextricably linked with Brighton’s identity. Both photographers are interested in the role of photography in representing communities, creating narratives and raising questions around truth and fiction, notions of connection and disconnection.

Lathigra and Sekgala’s collaborative project combines contemporary images with co-authored captions to create pertinent associations between people, time and place. These include retrieved stories and notes from archives. Lathigra/ Sekgala have produced a new digital artwork to complement and extend the project. Click here to view the project at The Space.

A Return to Elsewhere at Circus Street Market, Circus Street, Brighton, BN2 9QF. 4th October-2nd November 2014.

Also at the Circus Street Market are:

The Photocopy Club: A Giant Collective. Aiming to get Photography off the Internet and printed matter back into the hands of the public, The Photocopy Club presents an international exchange. The Photography Club made an open call all around the world to photographers of all ages and ability to form collectives with their friends, families and peers to submit works on the theme of ‘community’.

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Amore E Piombo: The Photography of Extremes in 1970’s Italy

Brighton Photo Biennial 2014

Enter a tumultuous era with this unparalleled collection of photographs made by a group of photographers working for the Rome-based agency Team Editorial Services.

The press photographers constantly shifted between battling film stars at play and the reality of near civil war unfolding on the streets. Politics and celebrity are brought together through the paparazzi style of alto contrasto, collusion and intrusion. Alluded to, although less visible, are the murkier dealings of clandestine groups linked to the Italian Secret Services, The P2 Masonic Lodge the CIA and NATO, operating against the backdrop of the extremes of the Red and Black Brigades. Archive prints are presented alongside television news footage, film sequences and sound recordings. A choice of Italian photo-books of the period, loaned from the Martin Parr collection, add a further layer of reference.

Forty years on and Italy’s ‘Years of Lead’ are still shrouded in mystery. Despite countless attempts to unravel the political confusion of the times, key tragic events, from the Piazza Fontana bombing in Milan in 1969, to Aldo Moro’s 1978 kidnap and assassination by the Red Brigades, remain unresolved.

Instead of offering answers, Amore e Piombo (Love and Lead) presents for scrutiny the press photography of this most turbulent and tangled decade.

Amore E Piombo: The Photography of Extremes in 1970’s Italy at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE. 4th October-2nd November 2014.

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