'Deluge' - A Solo Exhibition by Alice Wills

University of Huddersfield graduate Alice Wills was one of the first to be Featured on Photograd in 2017 and she's back again this year with a solo show!


Image from the series Deluge

Image from the series Deluge

Deluge is a landscape project that explores the concept of a constantly changing world and the realisation as we grow up that nothing ever stays the same forever. Throughout this project I have revisited places from my own childhood and using the movement of water as a metaphor for transformation, I have explored feelings such as nostalgia, loss, compassion and acceptance. I have also explored the lack of control we have over the world around us and the changes that face us in the future, both in the natural world and our own personal lives. All images in this project were taken in Cumbria in the aftermath of Storm Desmond and the floods in December 2015.

Image from the series Deluge

Image from the series Deluge

Details of the exhibition

Location: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria

Dates: 17th January - 24th February 2018

Times: 12 noon - 8pm, 7 days a week

Entry: Free!

Image from the series Deluge

Image from the series Deluge

Find out more about Alice here

Website: www.alicewillsphotography.com

Instagram: @alicewillsphotography

Twitter: @alicewillsphoto

Facebook: Alice Wills Photography

Read Alice's Feature here to find out more about Deluge.

Revolv - An Open Call

 

Revolv turns 1 year this month and we are looking for single image submissions to celebrate innovative photography by emerging talents. The call is free to enter and open to early-career and self-taught photographers, graduates and anyone currently studying on a BA/MA course, or equivalent. We welcome submissions from artists already featured by Revolv, as well as new faces. Applications can be submitted from anywhere in the world, but must be in English. There is no specific theme, however the images must be suited to be shown in a public space. The final deadline of the competition is the 1st of February 2018. The selected artists would be asked to pay a small fee (up to £15).

How to enter:
– One JPEG, maximum 5 MB
– Title and contextual information in relation to the image in a doc or pdf file
– Short biography in doc or pdf file, maximum 150 words
– A link to the artist’s portfolio/website
– Title the submission email ‘’One Year Submission‘’ and send to revolvcollective@gmail.com

If you submit later than 12:00 pm (GMT) on the 1st of February 2018, in size or format different from the above requirements, your submission won’t be taken into consideration. Details regarding the pop-up show for the winning photographers to be announced soon.

Photograd Instagram Takeovers

We'd like to introduce you to our brand new interactive Instagram Takeover calendar!


Photography graduates and students are eligible to takeover the Photograd Instagram accountOur online calendar allows those interested to schedule themselves in. We prefer takeovers to run from Monday - Thursday. All you need to do is click on the Monday you'd like to start and add your name in before emailing us an image you'd like us to promote your Takeover with.

The next available spot doesn't always need to be taken, be sure to consider when you'd like to promote your work.

The calendar also shows a few other exciting things like upcoming Spotlight's and Features.

Please email us with any questions or queries in regards to taking over our account.

An interview with SEMI ZINE

We recently interviewed the founder and editor of SEMI ZINE to give an insight into what they're all about and how you can get involved. Scroll down to find out more!

"We're advocators of great artwork and dedicated artists."

 
 

Who are you? What and where did you study? I’m Pagy Wicks, I’m the founder and editor of SEMI ZINE. I studied Photographic Arts at the University of Westminster in London. Doing my degree was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I really learnt how to think academically about photographic art and UoW was a great facilitator of critical thinking.

What is SEMI ZINE? Who's behind this creation? SEMI ZINE is a non-profit online and soon to be POD (print-on-demand) magazine dedicated to the arts on a global scale. It’s a new platform for artists to publish work and gain a bit of interest in their current projects. Initially I started up the magazine in my bedroom late one eve, it’s now grown to a small collection of art enthusiasts and graduates in different fields who wanted to contribute and work with me on the idea. 

Image by Nina Musholt

Image by Nina Musholt

How do you go about selecting artists to feature on the platform? We aim to feature anyone who submits work. Our selection process is very fluid and really depends on how much effort has been put into the body of work and if we can gauge that from the first submission. We also like the collaboration aspect of selecting artists to be featured with us. We do have a particular subjective ‘look’ in mind for the magazine based on our own interests. If the submission doesn’t necessarily suit our look we’ll have an in-depth look at the artists’ online portfolio and try to work out whether they have a body of work we’re eager to share with our followers which so far, luckily, everyone has had. 

Tell us about your ideas to create a print on demand zine. This was basically born out of the idea of running a cost effective, non-profit art magazine. It means we can cater to an audience no matter how small or large. There are setbacks to running a POD magazine - there may be a longer wait for your copy since we print on order. With the resurgence and resurrection of the magazine we’re not short for platforms that support a POD model. If you’re a nerd about all things print, like I am, then now is a great time to be alive and working.

Image by Ewan Waddell

Image by Ewan Waddell

How can creatives get involved with what you do? SUBMIT SUBMIT SUBMIT. We have a really simple submission system in place. Our website (semizine.co.uk) is pretty straightforward and user friendly. Artists can submit work via our submit tab online. I also welcome emails (info@semizine.com) from artists who might have any mixed media ideas they’re looking to share with us. Occasionally I’m also trawling media to reach out to different artists around the world. Once we’ve made a connection we always stay in contact for future work or shows from the artists we feature. Our only regret in regard to submissions is that we cannot feature everyone simultaneously and our artists do suffer a hefty wait in our feature queue, so far though everyone has been very supportive and understanding about the waiting period. We’re super grateful for our lovely artists. 

As SEMI ZINE is not for profit, what's in it for you? The magazine is another platform for artists to be able to get their work published. I’m a photographic artist myself and I know the struggle to get word out that you’re dedicated as an artist is real. The whole concept was born out of that. We’re non discriminative in all regards and we value your work as much as you do. I really actually enjoy art in most of its forms and I’m a huge nerd about great art - if we get to feature someone talented who maybe hasn’t been discovered yet or has something completely valid to say then that’s our gain. 

Image by Mauricio Alejo

How does a SEMI ZINE interview work? How do you decide what questions to ask? We have a set of questions which aim to offer a more inside look into the artist and their own work. This set is always accompanied by a few questions as a response from me or the team about the work itself specifically. Since we’re all academics and graduates we do tend to ask very academic style questions which might relate to different well known theories in art. The idea is to create a cool discursive between the magazine and the artist. I always ask the artist to have fun while answering and don’t really limit them to what they can and can’t say or to any word count. It’s there to offer an inside perspective on the creative process to the reader for that feature. We try to create really interesting and immersive content for our readers too so this would affect how we pick our questions. 

Tell us about some of the artists you've decided to include with this interview. We’ve decided to show you a mix of currently featured and yet to be featured artists. Our current list of artists to be featured is so large at the moment that it wouldn’t be right not to consider their images for this interview. We tried to show a great variety in artwork we publish as well. In order of images we decided to show Nina Musholt - her work “[...] is driven by surrealism and daily myths and riddles.”, Krasimira Butseva - In her practice she explores “[...] history, politics and collective memory; working with state and personal archives, found photography and objects, and contemporary landscape photography.”, Mauricio Alejo creates intricate temporary sculptures in his home and documents the installations on 4x5 film and Ewan Waddell whose “[...] main motivations at the moment are creating visuals within fashion and documentary genres – and also producing publications.”. 

What's your biggest achievement to date? I know it might sound like a super diplomatic answer but honestly we feel like every single artist we’ve been able to feature and work with has been our biggest achievement to date. SEMI ZINE started out of my bedroom late at night and has bloomed into this already insanely cool archive and showcase. We’ll always see us reaching out as our biggest achievement and we’ll forever be grateful for our collective of artists too. It doesn’t stop at a submission - we like to get involved so we’re anticipating many more achievements to come.

Photograd Print Submissions - the results!

Late in November we launched Festive Cheer where we called for images from photography graduates with the chance of having a print sent to someone on our mailing list this Christmas. The submissions we received were fantastic and it was a really tough judging process deciding which to print. But we did it! Here are the results!

The above 12 images have been printed and packaged at the cost of Photograd and sent to the likes of Spectrum, Lens Think Yorkshire, #PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine, and Francesca Maffeo Gallery.

We will also include some special mentions in our upcoming newsletter.

Photobook Spotlight - Deadline Extended

Photograd Photobook Spotlight | Returning for its second year

Submissions now open | Deadline extended - midnight Friday 2nd March 2018

In recognition of the success of Photograd’s first Photobook Spotlight in early 2017, it will be returning for 2018.

Photograd supports and showcases work by photography graduates who studied in the UK. By providing opportunities to graduates we are effective in presenting a high standard of work. We are ensured each and every one of those we represent are devoted to their practice. 

  • The Spotlight is open to photography graduates who studied in the UK, and who are at any point in their career.
  • All responses to the suggested headers will be accepted for the Spotlight.
  • Submissions to photogradbooks@gmail.com.

This Spotlight aims to demonstrate a wide variety of published, self-published, hand-made, and large print run publications by both old and new photography graduates. Acknowledgement of the headers we suggest graduates respond to allows them to promote their individual practice including exploration and process of book making.

 

The benefits of submitting to and being part of Photograd are a regular supply of exclusive opportunities and a support network of fellow creative graduates. At Photograd, we spend time sharing work of those we represent to the industry and establishing collaborations.

We hope to be able to showcase all submissions received for this Spotlight which will later be made a permanent part of our Archive.

Photograd Photobook Spotlight | Live on Friday 16th March 2018

To see the guidelines click here

Unveil'd Photobook Award 2017 - Submissions now open!

 
2016 winner | Blokovi | Lola Paprocka [UK] Exhibition | Centrespace | Bristol | April 2018

2016 winner | Blokovi | Lola Paprocka [UK]

Exhibition | Centrespace | Bristol | April 2018

 

Unveil'd Photobook Award is an international competition with the aim to support and promote the publications of emerging and established photographers. 

Each submission is added to a permanent collection which is exhibited and viewable to the public at Unveil'd events. 

- The award is open to all photobooks, artist books, catalogues or zines 

- Submissions must be primarily based on photographic content 

- The date of publication must be after 31 October 2016

Unveil'd will work together with the winning photographer or author to produce a fully funded solo exhibition within our 2018/19 programme. The focus is to create a flexible environment that responds to the winner's practice and best supports the development of their work. 

A shortlist of five titles and one winner will be announced 5 February 2018.

About the Panel

Jessica Lennan | Unveil'd Photobook Lead, Lecturer & Co-director of artist's studio and exhibition space Dodo Photo

Robert Darch | Unveil'd Project Coordinator, Photographer, Educator & Co-director of Dodo Photo

Tom Coleman | Unveil'd Founding Director

Oliver Udy | Photographer, Lecturer & Publisher, Antler Press

Lola Paprocka | Unveil'd Photobook Award 2016 Winner & Publisher, Palm*

Photograd Print Submissions!

 

🔊 We like to send out charity Christmas cards here at Photograd when things start getting festive. We of course really appreciate those who support us throughout the year and we think it's only fair we give recognition and a little thanks. 🎄

We have both a physical and online mailing list we add to all the time and this year we'd like to post some of our favourite people something a bit more special - a print from a photography graduate!

All you need to do to take part is:

1. Be a photography graduate who studied in the UK.

2. Be happy for us to print a small image of yours to be posted to our mailing list.

3. Email a file, alongside series title, university you studied at and graduation year, to photogradsub@gmail.com with the subject title "festive cheer".

Deadline midnight 10th December.

GOOD LUCK 🍀

A small selection of images will be printed and posted to our friends, and others may be selected and used (and credited of course) in one of our upcoming newsletters. We are happy to cover costs this time, but please do consider a donation to keep Photograd on its feet.

Lens Think Yorkshire: Sheffield Christmas Social

Thursday 30th November - 6:30pm

A social to support creative talent in Yorkshire

L E N S T H I N K Y O R K S H I R E

Thursday November 30th will see the last social of 2017 for Lens Think Yorkshire, a bi-monthly social in Yorkshire to meet, share work, ideas, & develop photography in the North. The night will be a festive themed meet up, with talks by a trio of talent: Al Brydon, Chelsea Abbot & Darren O’Brien. There will also be a chance to join in with a festive print swap (wrapping optional).

The night takes place at Hagglers Corner, Sheffield – and you’re invited to come and take a look.This is the last of our 2017 events; so come and celebrate the very first year of Lens Think.

Not only that but it’s nearly the C word . . .Christmas. So the night will be a bit of festive fun to celebrate our three events and the founding of Lens Think in 2017. Think a bit of peer reviewing, a bit of photography, a bit of celebrating and lots of meeting creative from around the region. Everyone is invited and welcome! Put a Christmas jumper on, come have a drink and get ready to hear three talented speakers talk about how they make it work.

 
Image by Darren O'Brien

Image by Darren O'Brien

 

PLEASE RSVP TO e. hello@joannecoates.co.uk

Contact: Joanne Coates | T. 0788 55 321 59

November 30th 2017| 6:30pm Doors open| Event starts 6.45pm | Hagglers Corner | 586 Queens Road | Sheffield

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Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1883227755326777/

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|| Al Brydon || http://www.al-brydon.com/

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Image by Al Brydon

Image by Al Brydon

Exploration and Investigation - Subterranean Arts Gallery, Ipswich.

 

Exploration and Investigation, a collaborative exhibition created between Pop My Mind and ourselves, runs until 18th November. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

Pic.London

26 October – 5 November 2017

pic.london announces a new photography festival in London. pic.london brings emerging and established artists together with the public to engage in thinking and talking about photography.

• pic.london opens with an exhibition featuring John Hilliard, Barbara Probst, Darren Harvey-Regan and Thomas Ruff.

• Screenings of the first ten films the Lumière Brothers showed to the public in 1895, at Close-Up Cinema.

• Aggie Toppins philosophically inspired cocktails are served at the Critical Cocktail Party.

• A collection of artefacts, objects and teaching aides gathered from the office of an unknown Professor of Photography spanning the last 30 years are the basis for the immersive exhibition, The Professor’s Office.

• Affordable, accessible artworks, books and zines are on sale at the Art Flea Market.

Barbara Probst, Exposure #49: N.Y.C., 555 8th Avenue, 05.21.07, 4:02 p.m., 2007 Courtesy Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London

Barbara Probst, Exposure #49: N.Y.C., 555 8th Avenue, 05.21.07, 4:02 p.m., 2007

Courtesy Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London

pic.london brings together artists from across the world, at different stages of their careers to present a large scale exhibition in Ambika P3 and Gallery S O, an art flea market, an immersive installation, a series of public panels, discussions and critiques, exploring questions like “what does it mean to work in the arts and photography?”, examining every aspect of photography as an art form.

The brainchild of artist and educator Rakesh Mohindra and artist and writer Yuxin Jiang, who met at The University of Westminster, pic.london has been devised to celebrate the photographic arts and introduce new ideas about photography to a public audience who enjoy photography daily through their phones and social media, and asks them to think about it differently.

John Hilliard, Off Screen (5), 1999 Courtesy the artist, and Richard Saltoun Gallery

John Hilliard, Off Screen (5), 1999

Courtesy the artist, and Richard Saltoun Gallery

The weeklong exhibition will showcase work from established artists like Thomas Ruff and Barbara Probst while also providing a platform for artists at earlier stages of their career like Miki Soejima and Jorge Luis Dieguez.

Across the city, Gallery SO will be the east London hub of pic.london, home to The Professor’s Office, a mini library where visitors can explore books, papers, objects and curiosities, taken from the office of a mysterious Professor which tell the story of a life teaching photographic arts.

Davide Maione, ...and his neck from To a Place I can’t Pronounce, 2011 Courtesy the artist

Davide Maione, ...and his neck from To a Place I can’t Pronounce, 2011

Courtesy the artist

Close-Up Cinema, pic.london’s film programme partner, will be screening a series of historic and recent avant-garde films including Letter to Jane by Jean-Luc Godard and La Jetée by Chirs Marker as part of a film programme that explores the long standing and complex relationship between photography and film.

pic.london opens and closes with a critical cocktail party. Using Graphic Designer Aggie Toppins' books of Critical Theory Cocktails which match traditional cocktails with philosophical thinkers and authors and devises new cocktails to represent their ideas, pic.london will be serving guests critical cocktails to encourage critical and conceptual thinking of photographic arts.

Miki Soejima, The Passenger’s Present, 2016 Courtesy the artist

Miki Soejima, The Passenger’s Present, 2016

Courtesy the artist

Throughout the festival there will be a series of events including a panel discussion on careers in the photographic arts, and a talk on the relationship between theory and practice as well as group critiques where artists put their work forward for peer review.

The festival closes with The Art Flea Market, bringing together artists, publishers, makers and designers in Ambika P3 to present an art fair offering people the opportunity to buy affordable works of art, books and zines.


pic.london events:

Sat Oct 28, 10:00 - 18:00
Symposium: Does Photography Need Theory? A Discussion
Speakers: Daniel C. Blight, Christopher Kul-Want, Nina Mangalanayagam, Sarah Pickering, Lucy Soutter, Duncan Wooldridge.
Lunch included

Sun Oct 29, 13:00 - 15:00
Group Critiques
Get feedback from Anthony Luvera, Bindi Vora, Katja Mayer, David Blackmore plus peer review.

Sun Oct 29, 15:30 - 17:00
FREE Printing and Framing Workshop
Presented by mounting and framing expert Will Mawby from A.Bliss and printing specialist Graeme Bulcraig from Touch Digital.

Mon Oct 30, 19:00 - 21:00
Panel Discussion: What Does it Mean to Work in Art Photography?
Chaired by David Campany (writer, curator, artist), joined by Nick Kaplony (Artquest), Lewis Chaplin (artist and book designer) and Katy Barron (Senior Director of Michael Hoppen Gallery).
With post-talk drinks

Thurs Nov 2, 19:00 - 21:00
Artists Talks
Featuring John Hilliard and Darren Harvey-Regan
With post-talk drinks

Fri Nov 3, 19:00 - 21:00
Artists Talks
Featuring Eva Stenram, Inès Lion and Miki Soejima
With post-talk drinks