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Creating Collections - a taster of our latest specialist blog

Published: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 11:15
Photo: Trans Pride, Window on my World. Penny, 2016

Photo: Trans Pride, Window on my World. Penny, 2016. Image courtesy of Photoworks.

Coinciding with Pride season, Into the Outside is the Photographic Collections Network 'Featured Collection' for August - September 2018. Check out our homepage for more images, and read below for a taster of our interview with Juliette Buss, Learning & Engagement Curator at Photoworks.  Juliette led the collaborative ‘Into the Outside’ (ITO) project which supported young people in Brighton to engage with and create LGBTQ+ heritage. 

Hi Juliette, to start off, please tell us about your personal role in ‘Into the Outside’?
I devised the original project concept of creating a new archive with young people, then put the framework together with artist Helen Cammock and managed the project.

And how did this project come about?
We developed the programme as a follow on from Queer in Brighton a multi partner LGBTQ+ history project. Consultation with young people identifying as LGBTQ+ or U (unsure) revealed significant levels of anxiety, vulnerability and isolation. Brighton, the queer capital of the UK, has a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, but many young people just coming out, or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, weren’t yet part of this community, so couldn’t learn or benefit from the lived experience of others. 

Which photographic archives were involved? 
The group engaged with archives held at The Keep, a world-class centre for archives including Brighton Ourstory (set up in 1989 to collect and preserve lesbian and gay history) and the National Lesbian & Gay Survey - a collection of personal writing and ephemera submitted between 1986 and 1994 addressing issues such as coming out, homosexuality and the law, and the impact of HIV and AIDS. People of all ages contributed to the survey, but a significant proportion of writing by young people in their late teens, made it particularly relevant.

Tell us a bit about the partners and participants?
The project was led by Photoworks in collaboration with Brighton & Hove Libraries Services, the Mass Observation Archive, the East Sussex Records Office and Queer in Brighton and supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Partners helped steer the project, and provided additional resources, expertise and capacity. We also engaged local (Stonewall Champion) schools. About 20 young people committed to the entire 18 month project - although we’re committed to working with LGBTQ+ communities long term and Into The Outside activity is still continuing in other guises including further youth projects, teacher training and through the online platform...

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Opportunity for Curators: Headley Fellowships with Art Fund Announced

Published: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 13:30

Timothy A. Long, Curator of Fashion & Decorative Arts and Dr Danielle Thom, Curator of Making, inside the Costume Store at the Museum of London © Andy Smith

Headley Fellowships with Art Fund have launched a new curatorial fellowship programme which aims to give curators time and resources in order to deepen collections expertise throughout the museum and art gallery sector, through focused attention to areas of their collections. 

The programme is looking for applications that lay out a significant public outcome for their museum, highlighting areas of the museum's collections that may not yet have received specialist expertise. 

Applicants should be those with curatorial backgrounds working with collections in accredited museums or galleries and must be nominated by their institution, therefore demonstrating the impact that the programme would have on the specialist knowledge of the organisation overall. 

Applications now open. Deadline: 15th October 2018.

Find out more about the course and how to apply here: https://www.artfund.org/assets/downloads/headley-fellowships-2018-guidance-final.pdf

 

Exhibition: Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America at the Whitechapel Gallery

Published: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:45

Russell Lee, Untitled photo © Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America features thousands of archival negatives by American photographers that were systematically destroyed by Roy E. Stryker, head of the Information Division of the Farm, in the 1930s. 

Stryker commissioned photographers between 1935 and 1944 to document American rural poverty following the Great Depression. Each photograph features a blask disc, created by Stryker with a hole puncher during his relentless editing for the final selection. 

The exhibition includes work by Paul Carter, Jack Delano, Walker Evans, Theodor Jung, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Edwin Locke, Carl Mydans, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, John Vachon, Marion Post Wolcott.

The exhibition is on display at the Whitechapel Gallery until the 26th August.

Find out more here: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/killed-negatives-unseen-images-1930s-america/

Exhibition: Living Memory Project (Sandwell)

Published: 
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 13:00

The Living Memory project aims to record and celebrate photo collections and life stories from across the Black Country.

On 21 June the Heritage Lottery Fund supported project presents its first exhibition of local photo collections, new work from photography students at Sandwell College, as well as community + school displays and events. Highlights include previously unseen 1940s to 1970s family photographs from the Ron Moss collection, photographs and material gathered through and a sharing of work in production from project workshops so far.

Exhibition and events programme runs 21 - 30 June at Haden Hill House Museum, which is part of Sandwell Museums.

More here: https://livingmemory.live/exhibition-and-events-at-haden-hill-house-museum/

Follow the project blog: https://livingmemory.live/category/blog/

Social History Curators Group Conference 2018 (19-20 July)

Published: 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 15:45

SHCG Conference 2018: A True Reflection? Displays, Stories and Exhibitions

Deadline for registration is approaching for the SHCG's 2018 conference: A True Reflection? Displays, Stories and Exhibitions on Thursday 19th July at Beamish: The Living Museum of the North and Friday 20th July at The Great North Museum: Hancock.

"This year’s conference includes interactive workshops, tours and presentations on a wide range of themes including interpretation and community engagement. Conference is a great opportunity to hear about the experiences and learning from a range of institutions across the country, to take part in valuable knowledge building workshops, and to have the opportunity to network with others in the sector."

SHCG Conference 2018 looks forward to exploring co-curating and contemporary collecting, LGBTQ+ histories, women's suffrage, slavery, diversity and representation, inclusion, historic houses, women artists, audio, activism, community engagement, social media and #MuseumsAreNotNeutral

On Twitter? Check out #SHCG2018 to see what conversations have already started!

Free place - North East Region: North East Museum Development will fund one free place at the SHCG Conference for a first time delegate from the North East region. You'll find the application form and email contact at the link below - deadline for free place applications is Wednesday 13th June 2018 at 5pm. 

General registration deadline: 5pm on Fri 15 June 2018
Read more / book: http://www.shcg.org.uk/Conference2018?platform=hootsuite

Cataloguing Communities - a taster of our latest specialist blog

Published: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 11:00
A family celebrate a birthday at home with a Punjabi meal, (Wolverhampton, 1979). Image courtesy of Black Country Visual Arts CIC

A family celebrate a birthday at home with a Punjabi meal (Wolverhampton, 1979). Image courtesy of Black Country Visual Arts CIC

Apna Heritage Archive is our Featured Collection from May - June 2018 - find out more below in this taster of our blog interview with Curator Anand Chhabra.

Anand Chhabra, Founding Director of Black Country Visual Arts and Curator of the Apna Heritage Archive (AHA), spoke to us about how a personal interest in photography and Wolverhampton's Punjabi community led to an award-winning archive that reveals a hidden heritage, has people and learning at its core, produced an exhibition and continues to inspire, preserve and share stories and histories online.

What was the motivation behind forming Black Country Visual Arts and creating the archive?
I mainly work as a photographic artist and became involved in the Apna Heritage Archive through a series of incidents that started at the beginning of 2014. I had already started exploring memory, family and place for another personal fine art photographic project I had been working on. Firstly, I knew that personally there were great images within my own family’s albums. Through this project I found others in the community who also held amazing historical family photographs. Secondly, it bothered me that there were no ethnically based arts organisations, in the realms of photographic art, with real representation in the Black Country region that were profiling the minorities stories, especially whole communitites who’d been around over 50 years in the region. After conducting other research and visiting other arts organisations and enquiring about their work with minorities, I found that within this region there was very little impact being made by those organisations to communities and profiling their stories...

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Anand Chhabra will be speaking at the Family Ties Network: Transnational Family Research Seminar on 8 June at Coventry University. Places are free but booking is required. You can read more here and book your place here.

Funded CPD places from the Art Fund: final few days to apply

Published: 
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 13:15

Are you a Curator or Museum Professional looking for affordable CPD this summer?

The deadline is fast approaching to apply for a funded place at Whitechapel Gallery and the Arts Fund's professional development courses this summer....

Working in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, the Art Fund is also inviting applications for funded places on a series of professional development courses for curators and museum professionals.

This series of one-day courses is targeted at both early-career and more experienced curators, whether new to the topic or wishing to refresh and expand their existing knowledge. The hands-on courses will draw on the expertise of staff from across Whitechapel Gallery, as well as other industry leaders. Each course will focus on practical training and use current projects as case studies, allowing attendees to gain valuable guidance and insight from behind the scenes.
 
Taking place in June and July, the courses will cover the following topics (five funded places are available on each):
How to publish exhibition catalogues
Writing for the exhibition
How to fundraise – developing and managing fundraising events
How to curate a schools and community programme
Art writing for artists and critics
Curating events and public programmes
How to curate a youth programme
How to curate an exhibition with emerging artists
How to create a communications campaign
How to curate an exhibition – curating collection and archive displays

Places normally cost £195, but curators and museum professionals are invited to apply for one of 50 funded places offered by the Art Fund.

More details and information on how to apply can be found on the Art Fund's website.
The deadline for applications is Friday 25 May.

Job: Curator (Photography), Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Published: 
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 09:30

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery are looking for a curator (photography) of the MacKinnon Collection of over 14,000 works, covering 100 years of Scottish photography:

"The MacKinnon Collection covers 100 years of Scottish photography (1840s to 1950s), and the Curator, working with senior colleagues, will be responsible for the care, display and promotion of the 14,000 works in this key collection.  The Curator will be employed by and based at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG), part of the NGS, but also work with colleagues at the NLS. The post is funded thanks to a grant provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards the acquisition and promotion of the collection. 

The Curator will be expected to have an enthusiasm for, and developing knowledge of, photographs and photographic practice, with a particular focus on Scottish photography from the 1800s. The post holder will have lead responsibility for accessioning the works, and will work with colleagues across both institutions to provide access to the collection physically and digitally, and to interpret it in engaging and inspiring ways. He/she will create metadata and other description for the collection, and will curate an exhibition of this work which will take place at the SNPG. The postholder will subsequently organise and provide interpretation for a three-venue tour around Scotland and be responsible for the evaluations and reporting to the funding bodies."

Application Deadline: 28 May 2018
Read more / apply here: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/jobs

Shooting on Glass - a taster of our latest specialist blog post

Published: 
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 09:15
Dry plate negative by Debbie Adele Cooper

Dry Plate Negative from Debbie Adele Cooper's Shooting on Glass master class at Street Level Photography Glasgow. Photo © Debbie Adele Cooper

To coincide with 'Reflections On A Glass Plate' Symposium in London on Thur 17 May, 2018, we invited one of the speakers to tell PCN members how a UK collection inspired her to go on a two-year journey to develop a unique process for making contemporary glass plates. A process she now teaches.

Debbie Adele Cooper is an artist, curator, participation designer and educator moving between digital and analogue, and seeking to create new conversations between the past and today. Her work as a glass plate (dry plate) photographic artist has involved creative response to, and participation with, UK photographic collections and archives including a residency at WW Winter Photographers.

Shooting on Glass by Debbie Adele Cooper
I photograph on glass plate, I love it. I love the magical quality that an image has when on seen on glass, and I love it when someone on one of my workshops makes and then shoots their first plate. This process took me years to master, but each time I make a plate I still learn something new.

5 years ago I had no idea what Dry Plate photography was or that photographs on glass existed. It was 2013 I was running a mass participation photography project for FORMAT International Photography Festival, asking people to send in photos of their working day, creating a photo map of our collective working day. I was sent a photo of people at work in a photography studio in 1900s, I was blown away by this image and contacted the submitter right away. They told me that they were a photography studio in Derby and had been photographing on Midland Road since 1850s and they had a vast collection of images which I was welcome to see, I went to visit W W Winter Ltd that very day.

They showed me around their purpose built studio and showed me some of their vast collection. On this visit, for the very first time I held a negative from the W W Winter collection, and it was also the first time I'd ever seen or heard of glass plate negatives. As a child in the 1980s I'd photographed on film, and learnt black and white processing at college, but never seen or heard of the dry plate process. I was enchanted by the glass plate as an object and wanted to know more...

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Funded professional development opportunities from the Art Fund

Published: 
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 15:00

Are you a Curator or Museum Professional looking for affordable CPD this summer?
We're pleased to share that The Art Fund has announced it's once again supporting a series of professional development courses for curators and museum professionals. Working in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, the Art Fund is also inviting applications for funded places.

This series of one-day courses is targeted at both early-career and more experienced curators, whether new to the topic or wishing to refresh and expand their existing knowledge. The hands-on courses will draw on the expertise of staff from across Whitechapel Gallery, as well as other industry leaders. Each course will focus on practical training and use current projects as case studies, allowing attendees to gain valuable guidance and insight from behind the scenes.
 
Taking place in June and July, the courses will cover the following topics (five funded places are available on each):

How to publish exhibition catalogues
Writing for the exhibition
How to fundraise – developing and managing fundraising events
How to curate a schools and community programme
Art writing for artists and critics
Curating events and public programmes
How to curate a youth programme
How to curate an exhibition with emerging artists
How to create a communications campaign
How to curate an exhibition – curating collection and archive displays

Places normally cost £195, but curators and museum professionals are invited to apply for one of 50 funded places offered by the Art Fund. More details and information on how to apply can be found on the Art Fund's website.

The deadline for applications is Friday 25 May.
 

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