COALVILLE PHOTOGRAPHS SELECTED FOR INTERNATIONAL ARTS BIENNIAL

Coalville photographer Christopher Mear has been selected to take part in the UK Young Artist City Takeover in Nottingham (7 – 13 February). Chris has been photographing the town and it’s people for ten years and is delighted to have been selected for one of the largest biennials of national and international artists in the world UKYA City Takeover comes to Nottingham, 7 - 13 February 2019; uniting 250 artists from 25 countries. It will span the city, immersing visitors in an array of extraordinary, innovative and contemporary work, from visual arts to performance; music; applied arts; literature; digital arts and moving image. Expect to encounter art and performance in cultural spaces as well as unusual places. From caves to cafes; markets to museums; studios to the streets - the City Takeover weaves a rich tapestry of venues across Nottingham.

Born, raised and currently living in Leicestershire, Christopher Mear has been making photographs over the last decade about the industrial history of the English landscape and its people, exploring its past and present. Mear uses his photography as a way to understand the social, economic and physical impact that the time of de-industrialisation, which coincided with his own lifetime, has had.

In 2014 Mear began to work with a local photographer he had discovered online; this meeting of artists eventually led to a collaborative project, Mear losing then recovering his photographic mojo and, ultimately, a series of videos and wonderful “shared” photobook produced by Mear. This interesting and unusual take reminds us all of the importance of collaboration and working together with other artists — without competition, not a race to the top, but shared progress, failures and successes.

Christopher will be exhibiting his photographs, books and short films in Sneinton Market during the week long city takeover.

From the series  Coalville Photographed

From the series Coalville Photographed

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 account. Please contact us first to discuss your takeover before scheduling yourself in.

We ask that each photographer who takes over the Photograd Instagram is active in sharing images and using Stories.

The next available spot doesn't always need to be taken, so be sure to consider when you'd like to promote your work. We can't always successfully re-schedule so think carefully.

We prefer takeovers to run from Monday - Thursday. Once we've confirmed you're good to go, you just need to click on the Monday you'd like to start and add your name in then send us an image we can promote your takeover with. Guidelines and log-in details will be supplied a few days before you're due to join us.

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.