Metro is excited to be collaborating with our friends at The Old Bank Vault (TOBV) again for an exclusive photography and textile exhibition in their east London gallery. This unique exhibition encompasses both blankets crafted by PARIS ESSEX duo Carolyn Clewer and Tiphaine de Lussy and photographs composed by Danish born Photographer Louise Melchior.
We produced the ‘FLASH SIGHTINGS’ photographic prints on Fine Art Giclée Photorag paper to sit amongst the unique blankets which will be on show at TOBV gallery in May.
This ongoing photography and textile collaboration between Louise Melchior and Paris Essex has evolved over the past two years. Together they are interested in gently introducing the cosy, decorative and home-loving blankets to the outside world, but staying within ordinary and familiar surroundings.
Draped in colourful hand-crafted blankets, a cast of local men are invited to pose as pseudo-classical characters in a series of improvised Tableaux Vivants. Using the flash as an impromptu spotlight, the camera captures their grandiose posturing at the bottom of the garden.
The exhibition will run at The Old Bank Vault from May 1st to May 13th with private view and launch night of FLASH SIGHTINGS on Thursday May 3rd, 6.30pm
Paris Essex A partnership between Carolyn Clewer, the Essex girl and Parisienne Tiphaine de Lussy, Paris Essex is the result of years of collaboration between the two knitwear and textiles specialists, which began over 20 years ago at the Royal College of Art. They share a visual language and are drawn to the materials, processes and pace of fashion, the continual reinvention and juxtaposition of ideas.
Danish born photographer Louise Melchior studied sculpture at Chelsea College of Art from where she graduated in 1997 and has since completed a Masters at Goldsmiths in photography. Melchior is preoccupied with the instantaneous nature of photography, and uses the camera as a tool for discovery. She is enthralled by insignificant monotonous and often transitory subjects found in her daily life. The collaborative work with Paris Essex stands in strong contrast to her other work, for one, her personal work shows evidence of human interaction but is purposely devoid of people. On the other hand elements reoccur such as the immediacy of the moment that was, the suggestive notion the image evokes, and the isolation of the subject matter.
At The Old Bank Vault works with independent suppliers, emerging and established artists to curate versatile collections to suit various personalities. Their London concept gallery fuses bespoke art, high end ‘Made in England’ fashion & Contemporary living.
ALL IMAGES © Louise Melchior
BLANKETS © PARIS ESSEX
The opening of a new exhibition takes place later this month; Devotion – A Portrait of Loretta is the latest exhibition from photographer Franklyn Rodgers in which he pays homage to a figure sacred in his life: his mother, Loretta.
Created over several years, the collection of images features Loretta and the circle of friends important to her. The detailed portraits draw attention to the significance of the close-knit relationships between these individuals and investigate what it means to look into the human face.
Drawing inspiration from the work of French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, who claimed that our individual obligations and morality are found in the recognition of the suffering and mortality of others, Rodgers collection of images shows this in an act of devotion to his mother and the intimate familial moments of love, care, tenderness and affection in these relationships displayed.
Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA
Opening night: Thursday 26th April 6.30 – 8.30PM
Exhibition dates: 27 April – 7 July 2018
Gallery opening times: Tues, Wed and Fri: 11:00am – 6:00pm;
Thurs: 11:00am – 9:00pm; Sat: 12:00 – 6:00pm; Closed Sunday
Images © Franklyn Rodgers
- Mrs Loretta Rodgers – Crown, 2013
- Mrs Loretta Rodgers, 31 January 2006
- Myra German, July 2017
- Iris Simms, 2013
Metro is delighted to be working with neighbours the wonderful Curious Duke Gallery and supporting their prestigious Secret Art Prize.
As part of the collaboration we are offering a premier portfolio prize for the winner which includes; a one-to-one portfolio review with our creative director Steve Macleod, a guided tour of the production lab and a tailored session with a print technician to discuss and prepare your work for print production.
WHAT IS THE SECRET ART PRIZE?
The winner of Secret Art Prize 2018 has the opportunity to showcase their works within a dedicated space at Moniker Art Fair with curatorial support from both Moniker Art Fair and Curious Duke Gallery. They will earn full representation from Curious Duke Gallery, mentoring from CDG founder Eleni Duke, a £1000 cash prize and gifts from Jacksons Art and a portfolio review from Metro Imaging.
There will also be four runners up who will receive gifts from our sponsors, representation from Curious Duke Gallery
WHO CAN APPLY?
The Secret Art Prize is open to all urban and contemporary artists. Disciplines welcome include painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and photography. We do not accept film and performance pieces.
HOW TO APPLY?
A very simple question – just click here to find out.
WHAT IS THE PRIZE?
From Curious Duke Gallery
Curious Duke Gallery may have began in September 2011 as a pop up, in addition to the online gallery, but CDG now stands as a fully fledged ‘anti-gallery’. Curious Duke Gallery is currently London’s leading urban and contemporary art space for emerging artists.
– Mentoring with Director Eleni Duke
Over 37 years in the photographic industry has taught us that every person who works here is as important as our clients. Our aim is for a flexible workforce with multi-skilled and cross-trained people so that our level of expertise is second to none.
– Premier Print + Portfolio Prize worth over £500
– Set of x10 portfolio prints based on our Premier Bespoke Service
– A guided lab and production tour
– A on-to-one portfolio review with Creative Director
– Tailored production advice with a Metro print technician
From Moniker Art Fair
Established in 2010, Moniker Art Fair has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting contemporary art fairs with it’s roots embedded in urban culture.
– A display of Art Work at Moniker Art Fair 4 – 7 October 2018
– The winning artist will be commissioned to make an installation art work which incorporates a collection of the winning artists work.
From Jackson’s Art Supplies
Jackson’s is a well-established maker and supplier of art materials. Their mission is to provide artists of all abilities with the paints, inks, paper, ideas and every tool imaginable to help them realise their creative potential.
– £150 worth of Jacksons fine art vouchers
– Editorial feature on the Jacksons Art Blog
– The winning artist will receive a £1000 cash prize.
There will also be four runners up. The runners up will receive an group exhibition with Curious Duke Gallery, mentoring with Eleni Duke and representation from Curious Duke Gallery.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER
There will also be the People’s Choice Award. The applicants will be long listed to 100 who will all go to the public vote, the winner of the public vote competition will be shortlisted straight to the final 10.
Find out more about Curious Duke Gallery here
Last Thursday the all analogue print publication – PYLOT Magazine, launched their much anticipated 8th Issue, and Metro were delighted to collaborate with Fuji Film UK to support their pop-up exhibition.
Issue 8 focuses on ‘Autonomy’ explores themes such as: The attitude changes we experience during our teenage years, motherhood and the representation of women, the human relationship with technology and how it impacts upon our daily routines and decision-making processes, creative ways of subverting power in society, be that as a collective or on our own.
For the launch, we have teamed up with Fuji to produce an exhibition of work from Issue 8 on Fujicolour Crystal Archive Professional Velvet. This paper is ideal for artists looking for a dead matt print on a true photographic digital C-Type paper.
Autonomy features contributions by: Ed Templeton, Andrea Riseborough, Billie JD Porter, Kira Bunse, Akram Khan, Raven Smith, Chris Killip, Marco Santucci, Matthias Steinkrause, RareBooksParis, Lanvin, TOGA, Mara Palena, and more.
Metro Imaging is delighted to launch its student photo award – THRESHOLD.
Open to all students at any level, we invite entrants to submit one piece of work that they feel defines their practice to date via this open theme.
Submissions will be judged by a panel of industry influencers (details below) who will choose one overall winner and five shortlisted winners. The panel will be looking for quality, context, and strong message within the submissions.
All six winners will be exhibited at Metro Imaging in central London throughout September 2018, with the overall winner announced on the opening night Tuesday 4th Septhember.
One overall winner
- x1 £1000 production credit to spend at Metro Imaging
- x1 12 month tailored Mentorship at Metro Imaging
- x1 work displayed as part of Metro Student Award
Five Shortlisted winners
- x1 work displayed as part of Metro Student Award
- x1 £50 Gift Vouchers for Metro Imaging
- Owen Harvey – award winning youth and subculture photographer.
- Carole Evans – photographic artist, cultural organiser and educator.
- Prof. Steve Macleod – creative director, photographic artist, master printer and educator.
A single image you feel defines your practice to date
- x1 Image (digital file)
- x1 Paragraph that describes how this image sums up your practice to date (100 words MAX)
6pm Friday 29th of June 2018
ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED
Once judging has been completed, we will be contacting the winning entrants directly in order to send their high res files for printing ahead of the September exhibition.
Printing at Metro Imaging lab
Skins + Suedes – Owen Harvey at Metro Front of House
The Precursor Project at Metro Front of House
Official Print Sponsor for Life Framer’s renowned annual photography exhibitions and host to their monthly judging sessions.
Official Print and Framing Partner for Renaissance Photography Prize from 2014 – 2017.
Official Print and Framing Partner for British Journal Of Photography’s
International Photography Award and Breakthrough Awards – 2017 & 2018
Metro is thrilled to support South-African born, London-based artist Tamsin Relly for her part in a recent project for Hospital Rooms – an arts and mental health charity that commissions world class artists to transform locked and secure wards with museum quality and compliant artwork. This latest project is for Eileen Skellern 1, a psychiatric intensive care unit for women at Maudsley Hospital, South London.
World class artists including Julian Opie, Aimee Mullins, Paresha Amin, Nengi Omuku, Tim A Shaw, Harold Offeh and Tamsin Relly were invited to work in genuine partnership with patients and clinicians to co-produce museum quality and NHS compliant artworks for the unit, with the aim to radically transform the physical environment on the unit making it more conducive to recovery.
Tamsin works across a range of media – including painting, printmaking and drawing and the final piece for this project was created using Metro’s direct to media printer. After visiting the ward on a number of occasions Tamsin invited staff and service users to paint or draw their earliest memories of being in nature during creative arts workshops
In response, Tamsin designed the space recreating qualities of being immersed in a botanical environment. She created a vibrant jungle layered with vivid blooms that is placed on a hand painted backdrop of softened shapes in quieter tones. The mood varies within the work, offering different spaces to rest or dream in. While the sitting area leads onto the courtyard in the unit, access to nature is limited for patients.
“My hope was to draw on the restorative and meditative qualities of spending time surrounded by plants and nature and to try and bring feelings of the outdoors in – the seasons, the elements, life alive in the cycles of growth and expansion or rest and turning inwards” Tamsin explained.
With the assistance of Metro, Tamsin has also produced this work as a limited edition run of 25 unframed, Giclée prints. Proceeds from the sale of the prints will be donated exclusively to Hospital Rooms for their most urgent upcoming projects – for more information about how to purchase the print click here.
Griffin Gallery, 21 Evesham Street, London, W11 4AJ
Private view: 25 April 2018, 6:00pm – 8:30pm RSVP here
Viewing: 26 – 27 April, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Tamsin Relly, Testing ideas for ES1, 2017
Tamsin Relly, Pink Shadow, Hospital Communal Lounge ES1, Courtesy of Hospital Rooms
Nengi Omuku, Family Room ES1, Courtesy of Hospital Rooms
- Julian Opie, 4 Pigeons, Corridor ES1, Courtesy of Hospital Rooms
We officially announce our new Metro Framing website, the dedicated framing branch of Metro Imaging.
Metro introduced bespoke framing as a service in 2012 and since then it has grown from strength to strength. With our new framing website, we are able to collate all the information you need about the wide range of professional framing solutions that we offer on one platform.
We are partners with Cork Photo Festival, an artist-led initiative, highlighting local photographers in venues across Cork City.