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We are proud to be partnering with Accumulate charity this year on an interactive event including professional folio reviews, professional development advice and pro-lab guided tours.

This event offers you a unique opportunity to have your photographic work reviewed by established photographers, influencers and curators from within the industry. Your creative work will be constructively critiqued by industry professionals and will be included in peer-review groups facilitated by Metro Imaging. Attendees will also have the chance to take part in guided pro-lab tours, where they learn about preparing image files for professional printing as well as learn about different paper profiles and printed portfolio presentation

Your ticket guarantees you four individual portfolio review sessions with each acclaimed reviewer and the money raised will be paid forward to fund Accumulate participants (young, homeless people) to have their creative work reviewed and then showcased at an exhibition at Autograph– the Accumulate charity helps young people affected by homelessness to reach their potential through their participation in creative workshops, education, and activities. Furthermore, participants will receive a discount code worth 20% off your next self-service transaction at Metro Imaging. All money raised from tickets goes straight in to Accumulate Charity.

The industry reviewers include;

 

Dan Gaba – Photographer, Photo Editor for The @WSJ & @WSJPhotos in London/EMEA, formerly with The @NYT. Support you with editing your work.

Bindi Vora – Artist. Curatorial Project Manager @autographabp .Visiting Lecturer, Westminster University. Support you with curating and exhibiting your work.

Steve Macleod – Professor in photography, photographer artist and mentor @metroimaging. Support you with technical aspects of your work & practise.

Kate O’Neill – Founder @TheOGC, Marketing @metroimaging, and mentor. Support you with professional development & marketing your work.

 

WHO: Professional, amateur and students practising photographic and visual artists are all welcome

WHAT: x4 Professional folio reviews, peer critique sessions, professional development advice, printing and exhibition tips, pro-lab guided tours.

WHEN: Friday 15th March, 10:00 – 14:00

WHERE: Metro Imaging, 32 Great Sutton St, London EC1V 0NB

HOW: Limited spaces available, don’t miss out – BOOK YOUR SPACE HERE!

 

An arboretum, in the general sense, is a botanical collection composed exclusively of trees. In this case, the group exhibition will present varied photography practices, including the exploration of lighting, film and digital processes, to produce a contemporary photographic arboretum at Lucy Bell Gallery, East Sussex. The installation aims to represent how our relationship with nature is constantly changing, offering a new position to evaluate our place within it.

Featured within the show is recent Chelsea College of Art graduate Zoe Sim. Since winning the 2018 Metro x Made in Arts London Portfolio Prize, Metro has had the pleasure of working consistently with Zoe, producing both new work and edition prints. Her unique style of imagery works incredibly well when printed on Fujiflex Crystal Archive Printing Paper, aka Supergloss. The digital infrared photography experiments with the over-saturation of treescapes into surreal pink worlds.  When asked to explain her work, Zoe states:

“False-colour infrared photography has a dark history, as it was invented for war camouflage detection in the 1940s. However, the aesthetics of pink can trigger contradictory emotions because pink is associated with many politically charged stereotypes. I have found pink to be a challenging colour, it creates strong reactions and complicates artworks in a way no other colour can. My intention is to subvert pink’s usual position in the world and use infrared in a different context; I feel I am able to rediscover its abilities to be ambiguous by creating work that documents nature differently”.

Arboretum is a group exhibition, featuring work by Zoe Sim, Kirsten Reynolds, John Stezaker, Jean-Luc Brouard, Allan Grainger, Faith Powell, Melissa Moore, Ieuan Morris, and Kristof Szentgyorgyvary.

Exhibition Dates: 2nd February – 2nd March 2019
Private View: 15th February, 6-8pm

Lucy Bell Gallery
46 Norman Road, St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex, TN38 0EJ

Open Wednesday – Saturday 11am-4pm, or by appointment.

IMAGES © Zoe Sim

 

This February Free Range Awards return to The Truman Brewery with winning art and photography graduates presenting new work in a selection of diverse solo exhibitions. Three winners were hand-picked from the annual Free Range graduate shows, which showcase a new generation of cutting-edge talent from across the UK, to create new work that will go on display in their own solo exhibitions.

Continuing our dynamic relationship with the emerging-talent platform, we are excited to work with the individual artists and produce work for these engaging exhibitions.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS:

Cole Flynn Quirke – A Bird Flies Backwards: A photographer from Brighton whose photographic process is primarily autobiographical. Cole experiments with moving image, sound and collage in his work, and prints all photographs by hand. Cole’s work was recently featured in the show Many & Beautiful Things at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Penzance. For his new exhibition, A Bird Flies Backwards, Cole has chosen to explore and document his own views on existence – looking at life, death and understanding change following his grandmother’s death.

Polly Evans – No Man Is an Island: The London-based artist creates installations that use video, sound and spoken word to engage viewers with political and social problems in modern day Britain. No Man Is an Island is Polly’s first solo exhibition. It looks at the current economic and social landscape of our country and the detrimental impact the future may have on younger generations. Like the poem, No Man Is an Island by John Donne, it explores ideas of division and separation and asks the question; What is the future for a nation so divided?

Jasper Pedyo – Lost in the Sauce: The Zimbabwe-born fine artist was chosen by judges for his three large, painted constructions entitled Kisses, Hugs and Jo’Burg. Following his success at Free Range 2018, Jasper opened his first solo show The Expanded Field at 108 Fine Art, Harrogate, which was featured as the Financial Times’ Critics’ Choice. For his new exhibition, Lost in the Sauce, Jasper aims to blur the line between sculpture and painting – altering the shape of the canvas frame and presenting bold and contrasting colours that are free from brushstrokes and recognisable imagery

THE AWARDS:

The FR Awards were launched in 2016 to continue the support of emerging artists and celebrate talent. The FR Awards provide winners with funding towards their own solo exhibitions at the Truman Brewery in February, alongside mentorship and press coverage in the lead up to their shows. Each year, three artists are selected from the two Photography and Fine Art weeks at the Free Range graduate shows by panels of industry experts and professionals within the arts, including curators, artists, journalists and gallerists.

EXHIBITION INFO: 

7th – 14th February 2019.  4, 8 and 11 Dray Walk, The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QR. PV Thurs 7 Feb RSVP (free entry)
IMAGES © A Bird Flies Backwards by Cole Flynn Quirke, No Man Is an Island by Polly Evans, and Lost In The Sauce by Jasper Pedyo

Internationally renowned artist Tom Hunter has collaborated with local taxi drivers from Hastings, East Sussex, in order to construct contemporary photographic documentation of the area, the intimate portraits referencing the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery’s current collection.

The taxi drivers, who represent the incredibly diverse community of Hastings, were invited to choose their favourite locations in the area and have their portraits taken at either dusk or dawn, aka ‘golden hour’ or ‘blue hour’. With this aesthetic, Hunter pays tribute to JMW Turner, and the many other artists that have worked there, inspired by the natural landscape and incredible light conditions. Along with the photographs, Tom collected the drivers’ verbal histories and reflections to be included as an additional audio component of the exhibition.

Tom Hunter, an artist predominantly working in large format film, shot the series on 5×4″ E6 sheet film. The carefully chosen edit was scanned at high resolution, then produced as Digital C-type Supergloss Prints by our expert printer John Cleur. The prints have been dry mounted to Aluminium Panels to be hung in Bespoke Frames.

“It is the use of light that ties the pictures together and brings a sense of belonging to the landscape.” – Tom Hunter

The exhibition has been curated by Lucy Bell and David Rhodes. Metro Imaging were pleased to support Tom, a long term client, in the commission, along with Arts Council England, Scott Mead, Hastings Borough Council, 247247 Taxis, Chalk Cliff Trust, and Lucy Bell Gallery.


Exhibition Dates: 9th of February until 9th June 2019

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
John’s Place, Bohemia Road   
Hastings, TN34 1ET

Admission is free.

For the full press release, and information on print sales, click here.

 

IMAGES © Tom Hunter
1. Ali – Rose Hill
2. Marie-Louise – Pett Level
3. Hans – West Hill

Over the past six months Metro has been working closely with SATORI to offer visual artists the chance to access a tailored Mentorship Award, which will support them with professional development, career direction, and industry insight as well as a chance to have their work published.

The twelve-month programme is designed around the needs of the individual and includes creative and conceptual advice, professional and business development, marketing identity and PR, technical experience, plus networking introductions and opportunities.

Since applications closed in December 2018 the SATORI team have been reviewing each entry to the award in detail to create a shortlist ahead of a the final selection on Friday 11th Jan 2019. The selection panel includes members from SATORI, Metro Imaging and external industry influencers.

Below are the five shortlisted visual artists for this years SATORI x Metro Mentorship Award:

ARTIST SHORTLIST

Callum Beaney

Gin Rimmington Jones

Joanna Wierzbicka

Kadie Salmon

Marie Smith

Congratulations to all who have been shortlisted, we look forward to announcing the winner via SATORI and Metro Imaging website and social media platforms later on Friday 18th Jan.

 

Created by renowned photographer Richard Ansett, this new portrait at the Fitzrovia Chapel focuses on Grayson Perry’s alter ego, Claire.  ‘Claire is not a natural mother. This is a trans-immaculate conception and a perfect synergy with The Fitzrovia Chapel.’ said Ansett of his new work ‘Birth’.

The 60×40″ photographic portrait is produced onto Kodak Duratran, then reverse mounted on acrylic, by our expert printing and mounting technicians here at Metro Imaging, complete with a bespoke lightbox frame.

Artist Grayson Perry will unveil this ‘iconic and iconoclastic’ portrait of himself at the Fitzrovia Chapel at the end of January. A reworking of the motif of mother and child, this huge lightbox will illuminate the chapel from an impious placement on the altar. This piece of art installation showcases a balance between the influence of centuries of art history and religious symbolism with high-camp photographic parody, a vulgar appropriation for the 21st Century. ‘It’s like art.’ says Perry

Faye Hughes, Artistic Director, the esteemed Fitzrovia Chapel, said, ‘We are thrilled to be opening 2019 with the bright lights and glorious contradictions of Richard Ansett’s ‘Birth’. An artist photographing an artist dressed as a woman illuminating a secular chapel that’s dressed like a traditional church. Perfect.’

Exhibition: Fri 25 to Wed 30 Jan 2019, 11:00 – 16:00
Talks: 13:00, Sat 26 Jan and Tues 29 Jan 2019
Admin: Free (exhibition & talks)
Fitzrovia ChapelLondon W1T 3BF
IMAGE © Fitzrovia Chapel & Richard Ansett

 

This winter Somerset House presents Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English As A Second Language, a new photography exhibition celebrating the work of two of the most exciting photographers working in fashion today. This combined exhibition celebrates the vitality and importance of fresh perspectives within fashion photography in our globalised and interconnected world.

Employing an otherworldly and playful approach to their practice, Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng incorporate cultural signifiers, set design, and fashion to present their unique take on Western aesthetics and fashion ideals. Bringing distinct Asian perspectives to their work, they challenge the concept of ‘otherness’ and reflect upon the power fashion photography holds in shaping our perceptions of beauty, style, and taste.

Curated by Shonagh Marshall, the exhibition explores the artists’ feelings of being ‘lost in translation’, a feeling which; as artists living in a foreign city, navigating different languages and shifting landscapes, informs Moon and Ng’s search for capturing beauty in the often overlooked and unseen narratives in our everyday lives.

For English as a Second Language, Metro Imaging has worked with the artists and curators to produce a selection of the works as archival digital C-type prints which were then mounted to aluminium. Moon and Ng have created two new series of photography works, responding directly to the historical setting of Somerset House.

The exhibition also invites you to explore works from Moon and Ng’s fashion photography archive over the past four years, featuring work from leading publications such as Dazed, i-D, Modern Weekly, Centrefold, Re-Edition, M Le Magazine du Monde, Modern Matter, 1 Granary and David Casavant Archive Book.

 

HANNA MOON & JOYCE NG: ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE is exhibited as part of The Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Room Series,

VENUE: Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Room, Somerset House, London

ADMIN: Free

DATES: 25 Jan – 28 Apr 2019

Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00 – 18.00, Wed – Fri 11.00 – 20.00

 

IMAGE ©

1 Joyce Ng, In Her Five Elements: Karen Guan Yin is just catching a breath under The Mountain of Five Fingers, 2018

2 Joyce Ng, Face Value for Numero China, 2018

English As A Second Langue. Tim Bowditch © Somerset House 2019

This January 1 GRANARY will launch VOID at the British Fashion Council showspace during London Fashion Week Mens 2019. Metro Imaging was excited to work with the collective to produce archival digital c-type prints all mounted to Kapa board ahead of this highly anticipated exhibition.

Established in 2012,1 Granary is a London-based, global network aimed at young fashion designers and creatives. Through its print magazine, website, educational workshops and events, the platform unites and connects the prominent with the promising.

Uniting the boundless imagination of the emerging and creative expertise of the established, 1 Granary’s VOID invited prominent creative directors and their teams to interpret the work of six independent designers. The photography series and video installations, to be exhibited at the BFC showspace during London Fashion Week Men’s, aim to celebrate alternative ways of fashion promotion and invite the industry to rethink its hierarchical structures.

VOID welcomed three new designers (Sinead O’Dwyer, 419 Collective and Rebecca Jeffs), alongside three designers from the previous edition (Charlotte Knowles, Chopova Lowena and Gabriele Skucas). In addition to being exhibited at the BFC showspace, the editorials are featured in uniquely designed zines, which will be bound and released in an exclusive VOID | vol.1 publication, available for purchase on site.

The collective exhibition runs from 5–6 January (Opening 5 January at 8:30) at BFC showspace, Truman Brewery, F Block G4 entrance, Ely’s Yard, 15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR. RSVP to team@1granary.com
© Image by Harley Weir