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Operation Re-start Blog!

30 Sep

Well Folks, its been rather a long time since we’ve let you know what we’ve been getting up to. I’m pleased to announce, that we are all fine and dandy and been working very hard to put together our 20th Year Celebration! This year’s festival is set to be bigger and better than ever, with a whole host of fantastic photographic work on offer. ‘Twenty’ the focus for this year’s festival is a retrospective of photographers whose work has featured in previous festivals over the last two decades. Alongside this we have ‘Open Here’ the exhibition resulting from our open submission, which showcases some brilliant new talent. We will also be showing Ken Grant’s and Stuart Whipps’ new work commissioned by Hereford Futures. We will put more details about each exhibition and dates for your diary over the coming weeks as we count down to the opening, which by the way is 29th October at the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery. I will post a calendar with all the events, like artists talks, guided tours, and such in the next week so watch this space. Please feel free to leave us comments or ask us any questions you may have. We’d love to hear from you and see who is reading our blog!

New Editions

13 May

I have been meaning to post this bit of news for awhile! I didn’t even know about this piece of work until last week. But it sounds good and I am looking forward to seeing it! This project was supported by local organization, Rural Media. It is called Bromyard Forever- Photographs of life on a rural high street. The photographs are by Andrew Fox and will be shown at the Hereford Cathedral. Here is the blurb:

A celebration of local colour, resilience and unique personalities, alive and well in the rural high street. In these difficult economic times, Bromyard identified the urgency of valuing and supporting its local economy, and commissioned a top quality photographer to honour its distinctive nature.

The High Street still includes 2 independent greengrocers, 3 butchers, 2 bakers of which one still bakes its own bread on the premises, 4 pubs, a busy joinery workshop and various other shops that sell anything you could wish to buy. The exhibition is ‘hot off the press’, with Andrew being commissioned and undertaking the work, all within May 2009. Led by Bromyard and District History Society. Supported by Rural Media and funded though grassroots grants.


For times and dates check our website http://www.photofest.org

There is also an event sponsored by collective artists’ group called static3. Carl Beebee and Jaime Jackson, from the group, have worked with young people to create their own questioning of stereotypes through taking ‘labelled’; reformatted into art, text and photograph banners, video art and performance take over the town. ‘Labelled’ focuses young people’s perceptions of self-identity and placing these ideas back into the heart of the town. This is a multi-site exhibition across the town from 28th May – 20th June with a Labelled art & performance event on Friday 29th May 6pm -10pm at the Heritage Centre, Bromyard Rowberry Street HR7 4DU.

Static is also a yearly program of contemporary art & amp; live audiovisual performances in Hereford. Static brings you some of the best photography, digital media, installation, video art, & vj performances Hereford and the region has to offer. In conjunction with the festival, they have taken over the empty retail space of Franklin House Shop on Commercial Road. Franklin House Shop windows will be playing host to ‘Windows on Art’ part of ‘Seen it, done it, got creative’ campaign promoting art in the county by Herefordshire Council, in partnership with the Edgar Street Grid and Hereford City Partnerships. As well as a display of artwork by art students at Hereford 6th Form College. They will be in residence from 4th,5th, 6th June and 11th,12th June 10am-6pm, with a special static3 end of show event on 12th June 6pm-10pm.

Seminar Cancelled

8 May

Due to previous commitments, several of our photographers could not make the seminar. Because of this we have decided to cancel the seminar.

Its not all bad news though. John Bulmer is speaking to the great Eamonn McCabe at the Hay Festival. I highly recommend checking this festival out. I went to see Don McCullin there last year. These interviews are great. Its rare we are given the chance to hear photographers like Bulmer speak about their work. For tickets and more information see the Hay festival website.

Student Exhibition

5 May

Apologies for my absence. I have been busy organizing the website. If you haven’t seen it, its looking good. There are slide shows with images from two of our exhibitions. We have also posted details of the student exhibition.

This year the students and staff of Hereford College of Art turned their lenses to the Herefordshire town of Ledbury. The outcome is a portrait of the small town from varying perspectives and many different approaches. The work is interesting for this reason.

One thing that should also be mentioned is that all the images were taken on film. There is no digital work here. I find this important, and this is my own opinion as a photographer, because film slows every thing down. You make more considered decisions when you are working with film. Film takes a different effort than digital photography. Digital photography has almost an endless quality because you can keep taking photos until you are satisfied without much cost or effort spent processing the images. Film is an entirely different discipline. Some of which takes a lot of younger photographers out of their element as they have become photographers during the digital age. But all of the students (and staff) involved embraced the challenge and produced exciting images for this exhibition.

The exhibition, Ledbury 17th February, 2009, will be held at the Cider Museum from 15th May to 21st June.

Complete Program Announced!

13 Apr

I can finally fill you in on what Bridget has been working so hard on. Now, along side the John Bulmer retrospective, we have “Seen But Not Heard” a collection of photographs by photographers who have focused on children and childhood. They are as follows:

Jan Von HollebenDreams of Flying

Michelle SankInterface

Edmund Clark – Baby Fathers

Julia Fullerton-Batten – Teenage Stories

Vee Speers – The Birthday Party

Ali RichardsPlaygrounds

Wiebke Leister – Hals über Kopf

Simon Wheatley – Don’t Call Me Urban

Clare Richardson – Harlemville

These photographs will be shown at the Courtyard from 14th May to 15th June.

The Group title of the exhibitions is “Once Upon A Time” and we are including a seminar day as well. I will post more about that soon.

Please have a look at the photographers’ websites I have included. The talent here is outstanding. I am so excited, as a photographer myself, to be working with such an exceptional collection of work. I will write more soon. Its all going to happen fast from here on out.