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*

Event Report: Matthew Broadhead at Unveil'd Photo Festival 2016

University of Brighton graduate, Matthew Broadhead, was selected to visit and report back on this years Unveil'd photo festival via Photograd. During his visit, Matthew took over the Photograd Instagram and has since written a very detailed and comprehensive report of his experience of the festival. We've decided to include the first section of his report here, alongside some of his images taken during the weekend, and hope that our readers would like to read the report in full on Matthew's website.

We would like to thank Tom at Unveil'd for encouraging and supporting our call out, and Matthew for being a fantastic reporter.


My name is Matthew Broadhead, I was selected to exhibit in Exeter Phoenix in South Devon for Unveil’d Open 2016. Also being chosen by Photograd to be the event reporter for Unveil’d I was in Exeter and present at a selection of scheduled events throughout Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October.

The first event I attended was Project Management in the Arts held by Daisi from midday until 2:30pm at Exeter Library in The Rougemont Room. Daisi are the Arts Education Partnership organization for Devon and Torbay started in 1995. To summarize, they provide information, advice and development opportunities for artists, young people and educators. Ruth Cohen delivered the talk and the presentation provided an introduction to the organisation along with case studies of what they’ve done recently as part of their initiative. 

Images by Matthew Broadhead from the  Project Management in the Arts  event held by  Dais i at Unveil'd 2016

Images by Matthew Broadhead from the Project Management in the Arts event held by Daisi at Unveil'd 2016

The workshop aspect was simple but effective, forming groups to conjure a response to a commission for charities including Cancer Research UK and The National Trust considering a programme and who/what it’s target audience to enrich is. It highlighted important questions unearthed during the process of creating a proposition for funding and then the endeavour to answer the questions and deliver. Many of the students who attended the talk were Plymouth College of Art students studying BA (Hons) Photography in their third year and Louise Fago-Ruskin, lecturer in photography at Plymouth College of Art, approached me after the workshop to deliver a talk to her students about my body of work Heimr exhibited at Exeter Phoenix for Unveil’d Open. I was very pleased to oblige and we went over to the venue after Daisi’s workshop. I had a very positive experience talking about my work and practice after graduating from Brighton University for around three quarters of an hour.

Heimr  exhibited at Exeter Phoenix for Unveil’d Open  by Matthew Broadhead

Heimr exhibited at Exeter Phoenix for Unveil’d Open by Matthew Broadhead

Matthew Broadhead speaking to Plymouth College of Art students

Matthew Broadhead speaking to Plymouth College of Art students

Heimr  exhibited at Exeter Phoenix for Unveil’d Open  by Matthew Broadhead

Heimr exhibited at Exeter Phoenix for Unveil’d Open by Matthew Broadhead

Heimr  exhibited at Exeter Phoenix for Unveil’d Open  by Matthew Broadhead

Heimr exhibited at Exeter Phoenix for Unveil’d Open by Matthew Broadhead

I left Exeter Phoenix and walked up to Rougemont Gardens behind Exeter Library, one of multiple different locations of the Towers exhibition. On the Unveil’d website, the exhibition was described as a series of large-scale images on show throughout public grounds in the city of Exeter, curated in response to the fortification of Exeter’s Roman wall in the 13th century. They wrote:

“Tracing its history, the wall surrounded institutions of central powerhouses; government, religion and military. The construction of ten towers were built to protect and observe the city, bringing forth tensions of boundaries and their role in defining the city and more widely how we deal with place. The city wall itself was constructed in response to the geology of the land, in particular the strategic placing of five gates reflecting the movement of the river.”

The setting of each exhibit correlated with the locations of these ten towers. The images were printed on strong weather resistant material with a loop at the top and bottom for scaffolding tubes to pass through. This particular piece consisted of four panels with a single large format image on each side by the artists Jessica Lennan, Oliver Udy, Eva Cooney and Glauco Canalis. All of the imagery was evocative of environment, both with and without human presence. Eva Cooney’s dramatic piece particularly reflects the movement of the river through Exeter. A few minutes walk through Rougemont Gardens in the green space elevated between Exeter Phoenix and the rear entrance of the Royal Albert Museum there was a single piece by Tim Mills titled Overdale Road from his project Twelve Shilling Paradise. The garden study depicted a fish tank with live goldfish positioned on bubble wrap on a piece of wooden furniture. The concept of the exhibition and ideas ruminating in this photograph make me consider the transience not so much of the environment but more of the existence of humanity within it. The detail shot shows a ladybird and the whole front and back of this piece were covered with them, adding another dimension to the piece. 

Installation image by Matthew Broadhead:   Teufelsberg, Berlin   by   Jessica Lennan as part of   Towers   exhibition, Unveil'd 2016

Installation image by Matthew Broadhead: Teufelsberg, Berlin by Jessica Lennan as part of Towers exhibition, Unveil'd 2016

Rougemont Gardens   Towers   e  xhibit by Matthew Broadhead

Rougemont Gardens Towers exhibit by Matthew Broadhead

Rougemont Gardens  Towers  exhibit by Matthew Broadhead   

Rougemont Gardens Towers exhibit by Matthew Broadhead
 

Rougemont Gardens   Towers   e  xhibit by Matthew Broadhead

Rougemont Gardens Towers exhibit by Matthew Broadhead

Unfortunately by the time that I was exploring Towers for myself the artwork in Northernhay gardens was vandalised and subsequently taken down. The work presented belonged to Robert Darch and Melanie Eclare. The final exhibit I saw as part of Towers was further away towards Exeter Bus Station in Southenhay Gardens. The triangular structure consisted of work by Jem Southam, Fern Leigh Albert and Brendan Barry.

Installation image  by Matthew Broadhead :  Red Mudstone, Sidmouth 1996  by Jem Southam at Southernhay Gardens as part of the  Towers  exhibition, Unveil'd 2016

Installation image by Matthew Broadhead: Red Mudstone, Sidmouth 1996 by Jem Southam at Southernhay Gardens as part of the Towers exhibition, Unveil'd 2016

To read Matthew's report in full, visit his blog.

Unveil'd Photo Festival 2016 by Matthew Broadhead

In collaboration with Unveil'd, we recently called out for a UK based photography graduate to report on this years photo festival. We're excited to announce that University of Brighton 2016 graduate, Matthew Broadhead, was our stand out graduate and has therefore been selected to document his time in Exeter!

 
 

Matthew was the perfect selection as he has some work in the Unveil'd Open exhibition so we're looking forward to his feedback on being part of the festival as well as a visitor to many other events taking place over the weekend.

Rocket, Kéflavík  from the series  Heimr

Rocket, Kéflavík from the series Heimr

Matthew will be creating content for our blog and taking over the Photograd Instagram for the weekend so we can follow his visit. 

Festival Report Call Out! Unveil’d Photo Festival. 20th - 23rd October, Exeter.

 
 

Unveil’d is a not-for-profit organisation, celebrating contemporary photography through intermittent events, bringing together photographers, collectives, publishers and professionals to create and commission exhibitions, book fairs, workshops and a physical space for discussion.

Each member of the team have a background or contemporary practice in photography, including arts management, curatorship, education and publishing and share in the organisation’s understanding that photography is a widely accessible medium. Utilising this to effect the aim of using diverse spaces to share photography with a wider audience, engaging communities and the public.

Unveil'd seeks collaboration and wishes to open opportunities, encouraging proposals from individuals, organisations and galleries.

This October, Unveil'd will host a multi-location photography festival throughout the city of Exeter featuring exhibitions, talks, workshops, film screenings, a photobook fair and music.

Together with Unveil'd, we're calling out for an enthusiastic, dedicated, and dependable UK based photography graduate to report on the festival in October. The team have very generously given us one free ticket to assign to the chosen reporter, giving them access to all events taking place within the festival. The Festival Report will need to consist of words documenting the visit and lots of images to coincide. An Instagram Takeover is also an option. The completed blog post will then be cross promoted by both ourselves and Unveil'd once live.

To put yourself forward, simply send an email to photogradsub@gmail.com with your name, the university you studied at and year you graduated, your website link and any relevant social media handles.

 

Don't forget to follow Unveil'd on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the festival prep!

To find out more about how to be a part of Photograd, check out our Submit page. You might even like to check out the Unveil'd 2016 Photobook Award which is currently open for submissions. The winning prize is a solo-show, which will be designed and curated specifically around the photographer's needs, five titles will be shortlisted. We strongly urge you to submit your work; we'll be featuring the winner and runners-up on the Photograd platform later in the year, and we're really excited!