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Metro Imaging is once again delighted to be partnering with Cork photo for the 2018 festival and sponsoring them with exhibition printing, events, and discounts for participants.

Founded by Louise Maher and Naomi Smith, Cork Photo festival is an artist-led initiative, highlighting local photographers in venues across the City. The open theme and inclusive approach adopted in the first year continues, allowing everyone to take part. They embrace experimentation and encourage viewers to seek out and explore.

The Cork Photo team curates exhibitions by both local and international artists, bringing together independent galleries, arts organisations, individuals, and collectives all wishing to exhibit and celebrate photography. Past festivals have toured with Brighton Photo Fringe and have also showcased work by award-winning photographers Alexandra Lethbridge and Monica Alcazar-Duarte.

The festival is now biennial, taking place during the month of April with a wide range of artists, collectives and local businesses involved. This years program promises to provide an exciting array of quality workshops, events and exhibitions including The Photobook Show – J Book Show,  Triskel 40 Photo Prize and Lomography People’s Choice Awards.

Also on show will be the collective exhibition Elastic which showcases work by photographers acknowledging mental health within practice or process.  This show will involve a mix of Metro’s clients and past mentorship winners -including Lynda laird, Joanne Coates, Jessica McDermott, Courtney Husslemann– in one of the CPF18 main hubs, St.Peters Church.

In addition, there will be a day-long Photo Symposium on Art + Practise involving curator and artist lead tour of Elastic, talk with editor of Source Photographic John Duncan and panel discussion with founders of the art space ‘Dali + Gala’.

Cork Photo Festival runs throughout April with launch night on April 5th and Photo Symposium: Art + Practise on April 6th and you can find out how to get involved here and show your work here.

 

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Headlight – Ruth Guest for Elastic

Pageant Wounds – Kallie Cheves winner Triskel 40 Photo Prize

Lake Balaton – Silvio Severino

3am: Awake- Elastic

We have worked closely with the incredible Hospital Rooms to produce large photographic vinyl as part of the install for their new collective exhibition opening next month at Griffin Gallery.

Using the floor plan from his own London apartment (1 Godley VC House), artist Tim A Shaw will construct a skeleton timber framework of his living space to scale within the gallery. Tracing out each room, the structure offers a suggestion of domesticity that provides the setting for a collection of art-works that furnish its interior. Rather than being a stable or fixed piece of architecture, the formation is much more akin to a psychic, virtual or imagined shell through which every ‘room’ is visible.

As a responsive site with the ability to instil feelings of sanctuary, warmth and familiarity, ‘home’ is also the place where our vulnerabilities and anxieties surface at their most palpable. The idea of the home is deeply embedded in human consciousness, where objects can be containers for memories, scents can be comforts or antagonists, architecture can present a means to frame the world. Homeliness can be tangibly felt.

This exhibition also functions as an investigation into the intangible qualities embedded into particular architectural spaces. It will inform the co-curators, who run the mental health and arts charity Hospital Rooms, where they commission world class artists to transform residential secure and locked residential mental health units in NHS hospitals. Each artist works in genuine collaboration with service users and staff, and responds to their thoughts and experiences to make creative and imaginative environments. As a separate location from the mental health units they ordinarily work in, this exhibition offers the freedom to draw out the potential in-carefully, radically and candidly thought out living spaces.

1 Godley VC House

Rachael Champion | Karen David | Jon Emmony | Alexandra Lethbridge | Steve Macleod | Cameron Morgan | Rose Pilkington | Charley Peters | Tim A Shaw | Esna Su

Curated by Tim A Shaw, Emma Smale and Niamh White

8 March – 20 April 2018 PV: 7 March, 6:30-8:30pm

 

After the close of 1 Godley VC House, there will be a Hospital Rooms exhibition of images of artworks created for their current project at Eileen Skellern 1, a psychiatric intensive care unit for women, with a private view event on 25 April, 6-8:30pm and opening hours 26-27 April 10am- 5pm. You can read about the project at Eileen Skellern 1 here

We are delighted to be involved with Black Box Projects, a new art gallery specialising in contemporary photography and art which is created using photographic materials. We have worked closely with their team and artists for their upcoming launch exhibition in Soho this March, producing a mix of bespoke frames, fine art Giclée prints and photographic vinyl.

Black Box Projects currently represents Steve Macleod internationally and Liz Nielsen in the UK. For its first exhibition, the gallery will present a selection of work by Macleod and Nielsen at 15 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AQ from 6 – 11 March.

The exhibition will showcase around 20 pieces from each artist. Works from Macleod’s previous series Blackwater, Aeld, Nil, Li+, Hel, Traverse and Murmur all made over the last decade will be on show, and many of which have not been exhibited before. Shot in the UK on a large format camera, Macleod uses nature to share the conceptual impact and influence it can have on our emotions, our health and our imagination. Represented exclusively by Black Box Projects in London, his works held in both private and public collections, including HRH the Duchess of Cambridge and HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza’ Al Nahyan.

Macleod is also a regular lecturer and speaker on photography, a Visiting Professor at UCS East Anglia; a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) and Lifetime member of Frontline Club in London. He also operates a successful mentorship programme for emerging artists.

Brooklyn-based photographic artist Liz Nielsen will be represented by 20 unique, colour photograms, all made in 2017, ranging in size from 40 x 50 cm to 100 x 127 cm. Her works have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Paris, London, Budapest, Amsterdam and Berlin. Her unique photographs are printed in the analogue colour darkroom with handmade negatives and found light sources.

Liz earned her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004, her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, and her BA in Philosophy and Spanish from Seattle University in 1997. Nielsen’s works have been reviewed in The New Yorker, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and ArtSlant.

In May 2018, Black Box Projects will take part in Photo London presenting Steve Macleod’s latest series Hala, which will be the debut exhibition of this project. The gallery will then host a solo show of new work by Liz Nielsen in London in October.

Black Box Projects is committed to working with artists who push the limits of traditional photographic practice. The gallery does not keep a permanent space, instead it arranges pop-up exhibitions in order to tailor the experience to the individual needs of the artist and the work to be shown. It aims to be a pioneer of the changing gallery model, as well as presenting a transparent working model with artists, clients and other gallerists that fosters community, creativity and collaboration.

 

Location and opening times:  15 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AQ | 10am-6pm, Tues 6  – Sat 10 March

See their website for more information on exhibition artists and upcoming events www.blackboxprojects.art

 

IMG 1 – Liz Nielsen, Echoing Flame II, 2017 – Analogue Chromogenic Photograph on Fuji Lustre, 50.8 x 40.6 cm, Unique

IMG 2–  Liz Nielsen, Ghost Moon, 2017 – Analogue Chromogenic Photogram, on Fuji Lustre, 50.8 x 40.6 cm, Unique

IMG 3 – Steve Macleod, Black Schuck, 2012 – Fuji Crystal archive print, 162 x 127 cm, edition of 3

IMG 3 – Steve Macleod, Mimir, 2012 – Fuji Crystal Archive Print, 78.7 x 101.6 cm, edition of 5

Did you know we offer Gift Vouchers here at Metro Imaging for all our Bespoke Services?

Perfect for a few rolls of film, producing a printed portfolio or finally getting that special artwork printed and framed.

Pick up one for the visual artist in your life (even if that is you!) by getting in touch with our friendly team or popping into our Clerkenwell lab.

Gift Vouchers are available from £25.00 upwards.

Happy Printing!