Positive Light Projects presents Dartmoor Summer School of Photography

Dartmoor Summer School of Photography is a week long experimental photography residential taking place on Dartmoor National Park in the summer of 2019. The Dartmoor Summer School of Photography offers the opportunity for a group of visual artists to join together to explore their relationship with photography with the guidance of a selection of renowned artists and photographers in the midst of one of Britains most beautiful national parks.

Days comprise of workshops, assignments, time to experiment, explore and make work. Evenings offer a variety of activities including talks, music recitals, games, time to make more work, night walks, bird watching, swimming, eating together, sitting round the fire and socialising.

The week ends with a group exhibition of the work made during the residential.

The ethos of the Dartmoor Summer School of Photography is to think outside the box, open up, expect the unexpected, step outside your comfort zone. Experiment. Play. Enjoy. 

 
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WORKSHOPS

The week will be split between led workshops with a specific focus and time to develop your own work in response and/or pursue other directions. Students will be able to select 3 out of a possible 5 day long artist led workshops to participate in during the week.

Sian Davey    Presence as an Inquiry   My workshops will be focused on our relationship to our practice. Use your work to explore the bigger inquiry of how did we get here and perhaps where do we want to go.

Sian Davey
Presence as an Inquiry

My workshops will be focused on our relationship to our practice. Use your work to explore the bigger inquiry of how did we get here and perhaps where do we want to go.

Susan Derges    Field Work   In this workshop we will be exploring an intimate and tactile approach to photographing the land and it’s connection to ourselves.

Susan Derges
Field Work

In this workshop we will be exploring an intimate and tactile approach to photographing the land and it’s connection to ourselves.

Jem Southam    Light Atmosphere   This workshop will focus on attention to the relationship between light and atmospheric conditions and the making of colour photographs.

Jem Southam
Light Atmosphere

This workshop will focus on attention to the relationship between light and atmospheric conditions and the making of colour photographs.

Brendan Barry    Constructed Observations   In this workshop we will be constructing a camera obscura, converting it into a giant camera, setting up a darkroom inside and working with it to capture what we can observe and/or construct in front of it using traditional analogue black and white processes.

Brendan Barry
Constructed Observations

In this workshop we will be constructing a camera obscura, converting it into a giant camera, setting up a darkroom inside and working with it to capture what we can observe and/or construct in front of it using traditional analogue black and white processes.

 
Jason Evans    Ant Pictures   Evans’ workshop encourages participants to experience Dartmoor from a different perspective. Relationships between still life and landscape are up for discussion.

Jason Evans
Ant Pictures

Evans’ workshop encourages participants to experience Dartmoor from a different perspective. Relationships between still life and landscape are up for discussion.


Location

The Summer School will be held at The Dartmoor Training Centre not far from Two Bridges, on the banks of the West Dart River in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park, Devon. The Centre lies in a tranquil, secluded valley with easy access to the open moor.

What to bring

Specialist materials needed for workshops will be included, however participants may need to bring some of their own equipment depending on which workshops they partake in. A guide of what you will need to bring will be sent out to successful applicants.

Food

All meals are included. A cooked breakfast, lunch and sit down evening meal, with snacks and drinks available throughout the day. The menu will be vegetarian and as much as possible sourced locally, an effort to reduce our environmental impact. You are welcome to bring extra food. We will endeavour to cater for any extra dietary needs.


Application deadline : extended to 14th April 2019

Applicants will be informed of the results of the selection process by the end of April.

Successful applicants must confirm their participation by payment of the fee within 7 working days of notification. 

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Anne Erhard - An Artist Residency

London College of Communication graduate Anne Erhard was featured on Photograd last year and we recently caught up with her again. In a quick interview, Anne has told us about her residency which involved a six week stay at DEPO2015 in Pilsen, Czech Republic, and introduces us to her new series of work, An elderberry place.


From the series  An elderberry place

From the series An elderberry place

Who are you and where did you study? I’m Anne Erhard, a photographer and writer currently based in Berlin. I studied on the BA Photography at London College of Communication and graduated in 2016.

Tell us about your new series of work, how did the idea come to the surface? An elderberry place actually developed out of my graduation project From the trees we run between, which was based around various legends of the forest. For that series, I visited the Bohemian Forest at the border of Germany and the Czech Republic. After that first visit to the region, I wanted to know more about my family history there, which is the main focus of the new work. When I came upon an ancient and very direct connection between the two places in my research, An elderberry place essentially created itself:

More than 14 million years ago, a meteorite struck the earth in what is now Southern Germany, tearing open a crater whose remains are still visible today. In the moment the meteorite hit the ground, a unique mineral, Moldavite, was created out of the melting rock, thrown upwards and scattered in the South of the Czech Republic, across an area several hundred kilometres to the East of the impact site. My father’s father, who died when my father was a boy, came from Schönfelden (Osí) in the Czech border region of Bohemia, which the German population was forced to leave in 1946. My grandfather was subsequently resettled in a German village that happened to be located within the aforementioned meteorite’s crater, a coincidence that unknowingly bound him to the home he had left behind.

From the series  An elderberry place

From the series An elderberry place

We understand that you completed An elderberry place as part of an artist residency. Can you explain more? How did you secure your residency? Yes, doing a residency was one of my biggest goals for the year after my graduation. I wanted to do a program that would help me develop a project that was already in progress rather than beginning some completely new work. I applied for a few residencies in the Czech Republic before being accepted for a six-week stay at DEPO2015 in Pilsen. Writing several applications and having the project rejected along the way really helped me to refine my ideas as it forced me to repeatedly think about how to effectively communicate my plans for the project. My time in Pilsen was brilliant, I got to do, see and be involved so many different things. Everyone there was so welcoming and really went above and beyond to help me complete the project.

From the series  An elderberry place

From the series An elderberry place

Have you exhibited this work now it's complete? If so, where was it shown? At the end of my residency at DEPO2015 the venue hosted the Czech-German festival Treffpunkt, and I had a solo exhibition as part of this festival. Treffpunkt is a recent initiative supported by various European organisations and brings together cultural activities from both sides of the border. I made many of the prints for the display myself in the darkroom at DEPO2015, and the final exhibition also included objects that I had gathered from my family archive.

As An elderberry place is your first completed body of work since graduating, have you got any tips or advice you can share with new graduates? The biggest learning curve was making the project outside of the university network and facilities. My main point of advice would be to learn how to use whatever your new circumstances might be to your advantage. For me, this meant a shift away from making work by shooting every couple of months and bringing the project together piece by piece. Instead, I spent a year planning the photographs I wanted to make in advance and then shooting almost all of them in the space of a few weeks. Over the course of that year, I became much more experimental and let go of a lot of expectations I had had for myself, and I think in the end this worked out well for the final result. The most important thing for me was to embrace the fact that things will move at a different pace after you graduate and accept that there will be failures and rejections along the way. Throughout that time it helps so much to keep in touch with your course friends, as you are all in the same boat and most likely facing similar struggles.

From the series  An elderberry place

From the series An elderberry place

What does the future hold? I am just working on getting An elderberry place out into the world and figuring out plans of where to potentially exhibit it again this year. Beyond that I’m looking to publish a book of From the trees we run between this year and am involved in and applying to a few other exhibitions. I also have a new project idea that I am starting to plan and research, which follows on from the very last photograph I took for An elderberry place at a Czech photography museum.

'In-Between Shores' - A residency opportunity provided by Ardesia Projects

Application Deadline: 15 March 2018

Country: Italy

In-Between Shores is a 23-days residency opportunity open to photographers all over the globe, with no age restriction, born through a collaboration between Ardesia ProjectsJest and Witty Kiwi. Click here for further details.

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