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 artist 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
To enter please register to SUBMIT your work HERE
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
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, 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
The winners of the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award 2018 are Copenhagen-based collective Sara, Peter & Tobias. The trio have won with their series ‘The Merge’, an in-depth exploration into artificial intelligence and robotics, which aims to explore and visually interpret the possibility that we are living inside a simulation.
The BJP IPA winner’s Sara Galbiati, Peter Helles Eriksen and Tobias Selnaes Markussen shared a studio but worked separately for several years before coming together to start a collaborative creative studio in 2013.
“Since forming their collective, Sara, Peter and Tobias have made a name for themselves with their first project and photobook, Phenomena. This debut project was an anthropological study of UFOs and extraterrestrials, and was exhibited at Rencontres d’Arles and nominated for Prix de la Photo Figaro. It introduced their conceptual and subjective approach, akin to documentary, which considers issues founded on theories and first-person accounts rather than fact. This unique approach has continued through to The Merge.” – Sarah Roberts , BJP , Mar 2018
As part of the IPA prizes Sara, Peter and Tobias have won an in-person review of their portfolio from expert team here at Metro Imaging as well as production of their solo exhibition in London.
‘The Merge’ will be exhibited in a solo exhibition at TJ Boulting Gallery from the 13th July to 11th August. The exhibition will be open to the public, and is an opportunity for people to come and see this seminal work for themselves.
You can read about Sara, Peter and Tobias work and practices in latest interview with the BJP here.
Stay tuned to the Metro Imaging newsletter for latest on BJP IPA 2018, including interview, Instagram takeover, behind the scenes with the production process and all info on the launch!
In the meantime you can see the exhibition we produced for BJP IPA 2017 winner Dani Castro Garcia and his exceptional project Foreigner at TJ Boulting last April.
All images from the series The Merge © Sara, Peter & Tobias
Metro is delighted to be supporting The Great British Seaside, a new exhibition which opens this week at the National Maritime Museum (NMM). It explores our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades and celebrates the ambiguities and absurdities of seaside life from abandoned piers to the dazzling arcades.
Documenting a quintessentially British experience the exhibition features over 100 images from the 1960’s to the present day by four of Britain’s most celebrated photographers, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn, Simon Roberts and Martin Parr. Metro has produced bespoke frames for the images on show as well as C-type and black and white fibre prints.
Each photographer brings their own individuality to the exhibition which includes images from the archival collections of each photographer, plus previously unseen films and 20 new works by Martin Parr, commissioned by the NMM and shot in the summer of 2017. The new images focus on the thriving and diverse resorts of London’s ‘local beaches’, including Southend-on-Sea, Shoeburyness, Leigh-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze.
Through recurring themes of place, tradition and class, this fun and fascinating exhibition holds up a critical, yet affectionate and often humorous mirror to a great British tradition and features beaches from Brighton to Blackpool capturing the traditions, customs and eccentricities associated with them.
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Exhibition dates: 23rd March–30th September 2018
Opening times: 10:00am – 5:00pm daily
Entrance fee: Adult: £10.35 | Child: £4.50 | Concession: £9.45
For more information about the exhibition
- GB.England, Dorset, From West Bay.-1996 © Martin Parr – Magnum Photos
- GB.England. Herne Bay, Kent. 1963 © David Hurn – Magnum Photos
- Eastbourne, East Sussex c 1968 © Tony Ray-Jones – National Science and Media Museum
- Blackpool Promenade, Lancashire. 2008 © Simon Roberts. Courtesy Flowers Gallery, London
- Whistling Sand, Pothoer, Aberdaron 2004 © David Hurn – Magnum Photos
British artist and photographer Valda Bailey recently revealed her latest work ‘The Sun Beyond the Shadow’ at MMX Gallery, London, with a beautiful collection of mixed media glass pieces, and here at Metro we were delighted to be involved.
Bailey – greatly informed by her background in painting – utilises contemporary printing techniques with ancient crafts to produce painterly, dream-like images. Her artistic direction leans towards the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi, celebrating the beauty of imperfection, and aligns perfectly with the uniquely-produced final prints.
These exceptional pieces were printed here at Metro Imaging using Direct To Media (DTM) technology: printing onto any flat substrate up to 8 x 10ft and 4” thick with archival UV ink. Valda’s painting-like photographs were printed on the reverse of AR Museum-grade glass, and then hand finished with gold, silver or copper leaf, giving each print its own unique style. The end result is ethereal layered prints.
“The prevailing aesthetic today, that of theoretically-driven conceptual photography interests me far less, than creating a compelling orchestration of colour and form within the frame. My fascination with color goes back a long way. One of my earliest creative recollections has me sitting at a table endlessly mixing paints in a valiant but ultimately futile attempt to ‘invent a new color’. It was an imperative that kept me occupied for some time as I recall. The result was always the same – and unedifying fudge of pale peach and silver. In my defense, I was very young at the time. Scientific fundamentals had yet to impinge on my consciousness and as I could barely read, I certainly hadn’t come across Goethe’s colour theory, nor the writings of Josef Albers.” – Valda Bailey.
Exhibition Dates: 9 February – 10 March 2018
448 New Cross Road
For all available work and prices, please contact the gallery directly or write to: email@example.com
Image Credits: Valda Bailey ‘The Sun Beyond the Shadow’ Installation Shots at MMX Gallery, courtesy of Metro Imaging
Daniel Shea’s new book ’43-35 10th Street’ is about architecture and its relationship to ideological and socioeconomic shifts.
The work began with a simple premise; for Shea to observe the residential real estate boom in his neighbourhood of New York City, Long Island City. This type of development boom, happening in cities globally, is a distinctly late capitalist solution to the perception of housing needs.
Images of Long Island City in New York are juxtaposed with the government buildings in the famed Brazilian city of Brasilia, built ex-nihilo 50 years ago. Images of a dying California industrial town suggest a cycle of dissolution, real estate value, and entropy.
Architectural forms, from disparate places and historical moments, evolve and echo. If modernist architecture reflected a utopia of civic engagement, neoliberalism’s departure comes in the form of a utopia of consumer engagement.
Establishing the studio as a site of artistic production, surrounded by a different form of labor that builds cities, he aims to construct an analogy between his own mobility and the macro flow of capital that is ever present in our globalized world.
Daniel Shea’s 43-35 10th ST work will be on show at Webber London form 22 March until 4 May 2018.
We’ll be closed from 6.30pm Thursday 29th March until 8.30am Tuesday 3rd April for the Easter break.
The easter bank holidays will affect working day turnaround times, so if you’re looking for photographic prints before the 28th make sure you get those orders in quick.
Just use one of our tailored and trusted services to order your work online or in-lab:
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Bespoke is our classic service, you sit back and we do the work. Come in, or send us your files via our Uploader, Dropbox or Wetransfer with your instructions and we can resize, crop, add borders, colour correct and adjust according to your instructions. Or come in and work on a one to one basis with our expert technicians to get exactly the ‘directed printing’ results you want, plus be looked after by a dedicated production manager
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We are proud to officially introduce our new Metro Framing website, the dedicated framing branch of Metro Imaging.
Our years of experience in the photographic industry have taught us how important it is for us to adapt and grow with our clients needs to provide a full production experience for artists.
As part of this initiative Metro Imaging introduced a bespoke framing as a service in 2012 and since then it has grown form strength to strength. Over the past 6 years we have been busy providing high quality, affordable finishing options for our clients whether they are exhibiting, selling or collecting artworks.
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. These services include; customised picture framing for unique projects, specialist mounting services, short or long term frame hire, high quality glazing options, art installation, international delivery and much more.
Our flexible, multi-skilled team aim to provide a level of expertise that is second to none for each, individual project. We enjoy meeting new and existing clients; taking the time to understand your needs, discuss the work as well as impart some industry wisdom and advice.
Feel free to explore our new website and if you have any questions or would like to book a consultation or get a quote just get in touch!
- Our Framing workshop with work form ‘The Great British Seaside’, National Maritime Museum
- New Metro Framing website
- ‘The Great British Seaside’ – Simon Roberts, National Maritime Museum
- Speed of Light – Terence Donovan, The Photographers Gallery
- We Are Family – Sian Davey, National Portrait Gallery
- Aomori – Alexander Mourant, Free Range Solo Show Awards
The first UK exhibition of Mark Neville’s Battle Against Stigma project opens at QUAD Museum, Derby this spring and aims to address issues of mental health problems in the military.
Working at the intersection of art and documentary Mark Neville investigates the social function of photography. Often working with closely knit communities, in a collaborative process intended to be of practical benefit to the subject, his photographic projects to date have frequently made the people he portrays the primary audience or beneficiary of the work.
The Battle Against Stigma exhibition features photographs, films, emails, and copies of a book, also titled Battle Against Stigma, which recounts the personal experience when Neville was sent out to Helmand in 2011 as an official war artist. The exhibition, which features photographic prints produced by Metro, is intended to give some insight into the issue of adjustment disorder and PTSD which he suffered from on his return to the UK.
The dual volume book – Battle Against Stigma, co-authored by Neville and veteran mental health expert Jamie Hacker Hughes, includes the re-telling of Neville’s own personal experience from Helmand in 2011 and the troubles he suffered upon his return, and the written testimonies about PTSD and adjustment disorder from serving and ex-serving soldiers.
Throughout 2015, Neville distributed free copies of the books to Defence Mental Health Services, prison libraries, homeless veterans, probation services, and veteran mental health charities. In an essay he wrote about his PTSD for The Independent News Review magazine in 2015, he encouraged veterans to contact him. The response was a staggering 1,000 emails sent from veterans, families and friends, organisations (as well as non-veterans) sharing their experiences of these conditions and requesting copies of the book. A selection of these emails is included in the exhibition
Together this mass of documentation constitutes a major new insight into the experiences of those suffering from mental illness following service in modern warfare. Neville’s presents his own experience of war-related trauma, along with others’ in order to empower other sufferers to speak out.
During the exhibition, Neville and former RAF Sergeant Sammy Sturgess will also be hosting a day-long event at QUAD in which veterans are invited to contribute to a collection of oral history accounts of PTSD and adjustment disorders collated from former British service personnel and their support networks. The aim of the event is to encourage a cultural shift in the amongst the UK population, MOD and government that will remove the stigma of talking about mental military health, Neville will create manifesto of improvements that can be implemented by the MoD, based on empirical evidence collated from veterans and their support networks, which will invoke progress in the development of better provision for the prevention of war-related mental health conditions within the military.
The Battle Against Stigma exhibition will connect with veterans, artists, academics, charities and policy makers in order unite the different sectors of society necessary to drive the campaign for improved mental health care for service personnel.
QUAD Musuem, Cathedral Quarter, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AS
Exhibition dates: Friday 30th March – Sunday 24th June 2018.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 11:00am to 5:00pm, Sundays 12 noon to 5:00pm
Admission to the exhibition is free.
For more information about the exhibition
Images © Mark Neville
- Firing Range, 2010
- Displaced children of the Choir at Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)’, 2017
- Kristina in Luganke, Eastern Ukraine, an hour after the shelling, 3
- Tatiana and her family at a ‘Father’s House’ Rehabilitation Centre for Women and Children in Sviatopetrivske, Kyiv region, 2017, Mark Neville.jpg
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’.
Headlight – Ruth Guest for Elastic
Pageant Wounds – Kallie Cheves winner Triskel 40 Photo Prize
Lake Balaton – Silvio Severino
3am: Awake- Elastic
Our wonderful neighbour’s Curious Duke Gallery are hosting Chris King and his a captivating photographic exhibition ‘No Opportunity for Regret’ this March.
Taken from his forthcoming book, No Opportunity for Regret this collection of striking images, captured by Chris on his travels, brings the viewer on a journey across the United States and beyond.
“The solitary nature of this process is one of the reasons that none of the photos have any people in them. Printing and exhibiting my photographs means that the human part comes from interactions with people looking at my images, and conversations about where and when the images were taken.” – Chris says in a recent interview with Curious Duke Gallery.
Chris’s photography practice primarily encompasses two distinct bodies of work: landscapes and interiors that are deliciously devoid of human presence, and portraits that capture the very essence of the individual. Compositions are characterised by the artist’s distinctive framing and focus, either straight on like a window into another dimension, or a moment that’s been frozen in time with laser-like concentration on a singular point.
He writes of his work: “Borders, barriers, transitions, and divisions are fundamental to the universe. Life began when primitive structures developed that separated inside from outside. Gravity shapes galaxies and gives us up vs down. Natural and artificial distinguish between what we affect and what we have yet to influence. Interfaces and intersections are everywhere.”
All images © Chris King
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 excited to once again be collaborating with PhotoVoice on their latest charity photography competition which seeks to unite the capital.
Launched on Valentines Day – ‘Love in London’ – is an iconic photography competition celebrating unity and hope in the aftermath of a turbulent year. The aim is to inspire London with a wave of positivity and love, with the winning photos being displayed across the capital on digital displays.
For many, 2017 was a difficult year, with tragic events, political upheaval, and scandals shaking institutions worldwide. London has had its fair share of dramatic events to contend with, but it’s residents faced these challenges with inspiring displays of unity, community cohesion, and solidarity.
So to celebrate the best that London has to offer in 2018 – Clikd; an award winning dating app aimed at the creative community, has launched a new photography competition inviting people to submit photographs which showcase what Love means to them in the capital. The aim is to unite differences and inspire the city, as well as raising funds for award winning charity PhotoVoice, whose mission is to support social change and give people a voice through photography.
Acclaimed photographers Kim Leunberger and Jackie King will judge across the 6 categories which include Love in the Community and Love What you do, with other judges to be announced. The winning photo series will feature on digital signs across London tube stations and bus stops – an opportunity to display optimism and positivity for millions to see on their daily commute.
Metro Imaging are delighted to be offering support via a portfolio print prizes and more!
The competition is inviting submissions in 6 categories:
Love London – images celebrating the best of London
Love your community – images celebrating the ways communities come together
Love your friends – images celebrating your friends and peers
Love yourself – images showing your own relationship to London and yourself – or even a selfie
Love your partner – images celebrating romance and connections
Love what you do – images celebrating jobs, hobbies, activities
A winner and two runners up in each category will be given the chance to have their images enjoyed by people all over London, with their work also displayed at an exhibition held at the summit of the competition.
PhotoVoice CEO Tom Elkins said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be involved with the Love in London competition. PhotoVoice’s charitable work helps people use photography to tell their side of the story, and we’ve always been inspired by the images that people have created in our projects. Now, we are excited to see what people choose to submit to this competition which will celebrate what makes London such a wonderful city to live, visit, and work in.”
As well as inviting images from anybody who has a story to tell about London, the competition will also showcase the work of celebrated photographers who will be sharing their perspectives of Love in London. Photographers include Laura Pannack and Peter Dench, with further contributions to be announced.
Entry for the competition is free, but a £2 donation per image entered is strongly encouraged to support PhotoVoice’s projects worldwide. All donations will be given directly to PhotoVoice.
Submissions for the competition open on February 14th and closes on March 7th.
Be part of our ‘Love in London’ campaign and cheer up our city, with love!
SOME USEFUL INFO:
Can anybody submit images?
Yes – all submissions from any level of photographer are welcomed.
Who are PhotoVoice?
PhotoVoice is a London based registered Charity organisation that promotes the ethical use of photography for positive social change, through the delivery of innovative participatory projects. The charity helps to build the skills and capacity of underrepresented or at risk communities worldwide; creating new tools of self advocacy and communication. To learn more, please visit their website.
Who are CLiKD?
CLiKD is a New London-based dating app which was launched in 2017. CLiKD believes in putting personality and creativity at the heart of the process and encourages creative and smart dating, rather than shallow and superficial judgements. It believes in creativity, positivity and helping the community around it, which is why it was awarded “Innovation in the Dating Industry” at the 2017 Dating Awards.
The Love in London Competition
Entry is free, but a £2 donation per image entered is strongly encouraged to support PhotoVoice’s projects worldwide. All donations will be given directly to PhotoVoice.
We’re delighted to be collaborating with the exceptional Tagsmart team for their upcoming digital-tagging workshop at Factory Fifteen.
This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the World’s only integrated artwork provenance solution, so don’t miss out!
The events will be spread over a two evenings 26th and 27th of February with Metro Imaging’s Creative Director Steve Macleod speaking on Monday the 26th.
Hear about the benefits of their DNATags and Certificate of Authenticity, and preview the exciting features of the new platform, Tagsmart 2.0.
If you have an artwork that you want to protect with a Tagsmart DNA Tag, please bring it along and we’ll teach you how to apply it and secure your work in a few easy steps.
Last few spots available BOOK YOUR SPACE 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
Continuing our coverage of the Free Range Solo Exhibitions 2018 we were delighted to get the opportunity to catch up with the Manny Melotra and Alexander Mourant who were both awarded the Free Range Award at the Graduate shows last year. Metro provided both winners with annual mentorships and support in the lead up to their exhibitions plus £1000 credit for services at our lab.
The solo exhibitions open at the Truman Brewery on 1st February, here we talk to Manny Melotra about his project ‘The Broadway’.
1. Firstly congratulations on winning one of the Free Range awards last summer, can you describe what it meant to receive the award?
It’s an incredible honour receiving the Free Range award. To me it means I am progressing in my passion and in my work in the right way, it allowed me to believe there is more potential in myself with photography and my documentary work for which I am truly blessed to have won it.
2. Tell us about the body of work “The Broadway” which you will be exhibiting at The Truman Brewery?
‘The Broadway’ is an exploration of diaspora communities living together in Southall, West London.
The question behind the project is “Can you recreate a sense of ‘home’, when ‘home’ is being shared by people from various parts of the world wanting to do the same?”
The Broadway captures themes of migration, alienation, religion, community and austerity. The series takes you into a world full of enigma, as people from various cultural and religious backgrounds find themselves living side-by-side in a space with its own challenges.
3. How would you describe your photographic style and what inspires you to shoot?
Since picking up a camera I have always been curious about how people interact with their surroundings, fascinated with how the environment can shape an individual. I believe a person’s or people’s perspective on politics, attitude, fashion and lifestyle is always influenced by the conditions they are subjected to.
By taking pictures of these subjects, predominantly candid street photographs, it allows me to observe, reflect and find clarity in these situations. I have always been inspired by issues that affect me in some way or another because that trigger of emotion gives me the drive to pursue its meaning. I’m always being inspired by a variety of different artists and art forms but regarding documentary photography the works of Bruce Davidson, Steve McCurry and Don McCullin are a few of my favourites.
4. You’ve been working closely with the Metro team in the run up to your show, how have you found the production process?
The process has been simple and professional with the Metro team. I’ve learned a lot working with Manish on the editing and printing stage of my project, not only did he help bring out the finer details in my prints but also taught me some valuable tips that are crucial for the printing process. My mentors Steve Macleod and Kate O Neill have been amazing, they have been constantly motivating and helpful throughout the entire process, helping me by critiquing my work and building more confidence in my ideas with my project and in within myself as a photographer that will stick with me. I’m extremely grateful for having the opportunity to work with Metro and hope to continue to work with them again soon.
5. Will any of the prints be available to buy?
Yes, prints will be available to purchase at the exhibition and online through my website
6. You are also co-hosting a take over of the Metro Instagram account with Alexander Mourant during the week of the exhibition – how are you feeling about this?
I’m excited to be taking over the Metro Instagram story during the week of the show and really looking forward to showing some of the behind the scenes work of the set-up stages for the exhibition.
7. We know photographers always have one eye on their next project, what’s next for you?
I have already started work on my next project that is very personal to me; I am going to keep it private for now but will begin to show more about it soon in the coming months. You will be able to catch my current works on my Instagram account.
The Old Truman Brewery, Unit 11, Dray Walk, London
Private View: Thursday 1st February | 6:00pm-10:00pm
Friday 2nd – Monday 5th February | 10:00am – 7:00pm
Admission to the exhibition is free
Images © Manny Melotra
Last year the Free Range Graduate shows provided a platform for thousands of students to showcase their emerging creative works and celebrate new talent. Supported by Metro Imaging, the show also awarded two photographers Alexander Mourant and Manny Melotra both an FR Award for Photography – both photographers won the opportunity to exhibit a solo show in London in 2018.
This February sees the resulting exhibitions open at the Truman Brewery: ‘Aomori’ by Alexander Mourant and ‘The Broadway’ by Manny Melotra.
Metro awarded both winners with an annual mentorship and personal support in the lead up to their exhibitions, plus £1000 credit for services at our lab. We caught up with Alexander for a quick chat prior to the opening of the shows.
Watch this space for Manny Melotra’s interview which is coming soon…
Can you tell us about your body of work Aomori, which is being exhibited at The Truman Brewery?
I am showing previously unseen work, photographed in Japan, titled Aomori. I became greatly interested in how we invest ourselves into the medium, with our hearts and minds. I wanted to see if I could expand the possibilities of the photograph by giving it a body too, a soul almost, in which we could experience from the image itself.
Through Aomori, I chose to take a few ideas found in my previous work, refine them, and create a new body of work which directly expanded these metaphorical territories. I sought a location of infinite scale and depth to help activate my photographs. Continuing along the vein of organics and humidity, acting as psychological stimulants, I became interested in exploring the philosophy of the forest.
A notable development in Aomori is employing one singular colour. My interest was drawn, with an almost overpowering urge, towards the colour blue. For me, the immensity found in the colour blue, encourages a deeper reflection on our past, present and future. In the same way, the presence of the forest and the density of its nature, arrests for us, the relentless progression of time.
How would you describe your photographic style and what inspires you to shoot?
My inspiration is often non-photographic. Before travelling to Japan, I read books on metaphysics by Gaston Bachelard, Rebecca Solnit, John Berger and philosopher Martin Heidegger. Through my research, I became interested in Haruki Murakami, a prolific Japanese author, whose storylines fed perfectly into my own work. Artistically, my influence is varied, but I would definitely mention John Gossage, Hokusai and Lothar Baumgarten. However, there was no higher influence than the great Yves Klein.
Experimentally, I sourced blue glass from a church window, which was then cut to size to fit the filter holder of my camera. I wished to truly introduce this colour into my process, by exposing my film directly to the blue world. Glass, which is normally a material of separation, is employed directly in my process to unite both medium and idea. These photographs bring Solnit’s blue of distance near, into the world of the forest; they are by process, forever blue.
Before departing for Japan, I conducted digital tests with my blue glass. This technically helped gauge my ideal exposure time. However, it didn’t tell of how the process would translate to film. Also, whilst travelling, I was continually experiencing varying weather conditions which resulted in inconsistent photographs. I am normally accustomed to shooting in a particularly way. As it turns out, shooting the world of blue is ironically more akin to shooting black and white. Bright sunlight is of the utmost importance.
You’ve been working closely with the Metro team in the run up to your show, how have you found the production process?
Through my mentorship with Metro Imaging, I have gained access to their expertise on all aspects of my exhibition. Technically, with Metro Imaging, I have expanded my skills with analogue film scanning, explored alternative printing processes and exhibition production. I found the team to be extremely passionate and keen to help produce the best results from my work. They have been essential to the transition from student to working artist.
We know photographers always have one eye on their next project, what’s next for you?
Good question. I have been so focused on the exhibition that I’ve yet to form a concrete plan. I am very interested in continuing to push the boundaries of my practice and undertaking residencies would create an exciting space to do so.
Will any of the prints be available to buy?
Of course! I am delighted to have received further funding for the exhibition from Arts Council England and ArtHouse Jersey. This has enabled me to produce a dynamic and visually stimulating show. Through using different scales, the show will have a natural rhythm, something which I feel will help my audience become calm and really engage with the photographs.
The work presented are all in small editions, printed on archival Giclée paper and framed in a pure white box frame. Ideal for young and established collectors.
The Old Truman Brewery, Unit 11, Dray Walk, London, | Tel: 0207 113 7592
Private View: Thursday 1st February | 6:00-10:00pm
Friday 2nd – Monday 5th February | 10:00am – 7:00pm
Admission to the exhibition is free
Images © Alexander Mourant
AOMORI exhibition is supported by Free Range, Metro Imaging, ArtHouse Jersey and uses public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
British Photographer Simon Roberts is renowned for his images of events and places across Britain that have drawn people together in public, reflecting on the nature of our shared histories and communal experiences.
Metro is delighted to have produced a selection of matt Lightjet prints for his upcoming exhibition ‘Merrie Albion – Landscape Studies of a Small Island’ which opened at the Flowers Gallery this month. It brings together some of his iconic images along with many previously unpublished photographs.
Creating a view of contemporary society that is far from straightforward, Roberts critically conflates the traditional genre of landscape with social documentary, layering ideas of national character through relationships to both place and particular moments in time.
The exhibition showcases a variety of Robert’s work from single images from around the time of his major photographic project ‘We English’, to his work as the official artist of the 2010 General Election as well as his series ‘National Property: The Picturesque Imperfect’.
Dewi Lewis Publishing have published a new book entitled ‘Merrie Albion’ to accompany this exhibition.
Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP
Dates: 19th January – 10th March 2018; Private View Thursday 18 January, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Images © Simon Roberts, courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York
- Broadstairs Dickens Festival, Isle of Thanet, 19 June 2008
- Eid al-Fitr Celebrations, Jamia Mosque, Green Street, Bristol, 8 August 2013
- Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Shoreham Air Show, West Sussex, 15 September 2007
- National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, Parliament Square, London, 9 December 2010
Artists and Emerging Art Dealers: Are you in need of career advice that’s tailored to YOU?
This month Be Smart About Art (BSAA) will host an evening event in London for visual artists to get feedback and insight from art world experts and Metro is excited to be involved! The event will give participants a chance to meet experts on a one-to-one basis, in addition to participating in roundtable conversations facilitated by industry specialists.
“The experts that I had 1-2-1 sessions with were absolutely amazing and gave me so much confidence and motivation. I would recommend getting involved with Be Smart About Art to anyone. I have a new sense of direction and control over the next phase of my art career and I feel so excited about what the future holds for me!” – Emily Jane Campbell, mixed media artist
Advisers include art dealers and agents, independent curators, artists, tech gurus, journalists, fundraisers and others.
Confirmed Advisers (to date) – more advisers and bios to be announced soon:
Anna McNay, Art Writer and Editor offering insight, advice and top tips on getting press in the art world.
Deborah Henry-Pollard, Business Coach for Creatives helping creative professionals discover that the skills and imagination which feed creative work can also support their businesses.
Delia Cabral, international art dealer, consultant, marketing advisor, museum designer, and curator. She brings to the 1-2-1s years of expertise developed as liaison between collectors, artists, markets and audiences both global, local, emerging and established.
Hazel Reeves, Figurative Sculptor driven to tell the stories of struggles for social justice and to redress the lack of representation of women in public art. Offering insight into making a living as an artist, especially useful for artists initiating cause driven projects and commissions.
Kane Moore, Fundraiser with over a decade’s experience working in the arts and charity sectors who helps make the idea of asking for funding not scary!
Maria Stenfors, Art Consultant & Curator with 20 years experience giving realistic guidance to artists, curators and dealers.
Marine Tanguy, Artist Agent using her expertise in representing talented emerging artists in combination with her proficiency of current-day working models to provide insight and direction to professional artists and dealers alike.
Sylvie Gormezano, Independent Curator using extensive consultancy background to mentor artists and galleries, encouraging creative and effective working practices.
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS:
Inventory Management with Chris King, Photographer (focus: Artwork Archive)
Markmaking using Natural Inks with Modern Eccentrics (Jonnathan Dredge & Ross Belton). This Artist Duo will lead hands on creative explorations using natural and handmade materials.
Get inspired and informed with Tim Benson, Artist (focus: building a career as a professional artist including self representation).
Tune into intuition with Tamara Gal-On, Business Coach for Creatives
Why buy from YOU? With Barbara Stanley, Gallerist (focus: identifying what makes you stand out, how and where to clearly communicate this USP, and provide a buying experience that will keep people coming back).
BOOK EARLY! One-to-one bookings are limited in number as each adviser can only do so many one-to-one sessions. Advisers will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Once you book your place you will be sent a confirmation email which contains the link to your adviser booking form. Fill this out asap to ensure you have a good shot as your preferred choices of adviser. (Note that the roundtable sessions are decided upon at the time of the event.)
You have three attendance options:
> Have two x 121 sessions (20 min each) and attend 4 x roundtable sessions (20 min each) at £55 for BSAA Members and £65 for non-members;
> Have one x 121 session (20 min) and attend 5 x roundtable sessions (20 min each) at £45 for BSAA Members and £55 for non-members;
> Attend 6 x roundtable sessions (20 min each) at £35 for BSAA Members and £45 for non-members.
The event will be emceed by BSAA Founder Susan Mumford – “Art is your life. Make it your living.”
Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to 7 days prior to the event taking place. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Jan 29th 2018, 5.45 pm – 9 pm
Location: Hotel Elephant | 1-5 Spare Street | London SE17 3EP (Tube / train / bus stop: Elephant & Castle)
Price: From £35 – £65
An exhibition in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital
Metro is delighted to be supporting Scott Mead, a London-based American photographer and philanthropist producing Fujiflex C-Type prints for his upcoming exhibition Above The Clouds, which opens at Hamiltons this month.
Above the Clouds is a portfolio of images taken on regularly scheduled flights over several years, when during these journeys, Mead has been inspired as he gazed out the window at the endless horizon, finding that the journey itself can be more meaningful than just a means to a destination.
Mead’s photographic career can be seen as an expression of a deeply-lived life of exploration, reflection and discovery. In this most recent body of work Mead captures the physical, emotional and philosophical wonder of air travel with his images of the world above the clouds.
Much time and research was involved for Mead to learn how to best capture images that fully reflected the outer and inner journey. Analysing flight paths, the angle of the sun, the curvature of the earth, the windows and the speed of light, among other factors, Mead gradually began to develop an intuition as to what might come next throughout the journey.
All profits from print sales and a book of the same title, which has been published to accompany the series and exhibition, are donated to Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity in London, where one of Mead’s children was cured of a life-threatening illness many years ago. Since then Mead has been a deeply involved supporter of the hospital.
Hamiltons, 13 Carlos Place, London, W1K 2EU
Exhibition dates: 9th – 19th January 2018
Opening times: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm; Saturday 11am – 4pm
Images © Scott Mead
1. JFK–LHR 11/10/2015, 08:14:20, Pastel Morning, New York Departure
2. LIM–CUZ 8/10/2016, 23:01:32, The Andes fading into misty sunset
3. JFK–LHR 31/10/2016, 11:32:05, Clouds over Massachusetts
‘Long Live the Boleyn’ is a new exhibition by London based photographer Freddie Bonfanti which opens in Hackney, East London this December.
As a West Ham supporter and season ticket holder, Freddie was inspired to start documenting the match-day routine inside and outside The Boleyn, otherwise known as Upton Park, West Ham’s home of 112 years, in the club’s final year before moving to the Olympic Park ground.
The project was a labour of love for Freddie, self-described as “from a fan, for the fans” with very personal results and a fan-led approach to match day photography; from the iconic black and white view of the ground, taken from Freddie’s seat in the Bobby Moore Lower after the Liverpool match in the FA Cup 2015/16 season, to the patches of grass on nearby estates, the local boozers and the intimate photographs to which football fans up and down the country can relate.
In an era of crumbling stadiums and new homes, many creative fans are exploring new ways to document their personal experiences and creative output and ‘Long Live the Boleyn’ is a collective and individual immortalisation of what shouldn’t be forgotten – a trip down to memory lane.
Freddie will be donating 20% of all print sales to the Dylan Tombides Foundation
Stour Space, 7 Roach Rd, London E3 2PA
Opening night: 7th December 2017, 7:00pm-10:00pm
9th – 23rd December 2017: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Admission to the exhibition is free
Images © Freddie Bonfanti
We’ve listed all our print, processing and framing deadlines below for you to use as a handy guide this Christmas. And for those of you last minute Christmas shoppers – don’t worry, we have plenty of Metro Imaging Gift Vouchers and film stocked in our front of house right up until the 22nd December!
CHRISTMAS DEADLINE DATES FOR ORDERS:
Bespoke Service appointments: 20th December
Bespoke Service C-type (Matt, Gloss, Velvet under 40″x30″ only): 20th December
Bespoke Service B&W (+ Duratrans, metallic, etc): 19th December
Bespoke Service Giclée: 19th December
Bespoke Service Mounting: 18th mounting
Bespoke Service Framing: 11th framing
Self-Service Orders C-type (Matt, Gloss, Velvet under 40″x30″ only): 21st December 2pm
Self-service orders B&W(+ Duratrans, metallic, etc): 19th December
Self-service orders Giclée: 19th December
Self-Service Mounting: 18th December
Self-Service Framing: 11th December
Film processing: 20th December
Film scanning: 20th December
Retouch Appointments: 20th December
CHRISTMAS LAST POST DATES
International Last Posting Date Christmas 2017
International Standard and all International Tracking and Signature services
Saturday 2 December: Africa, Middle East
Wednesday 6 December: Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia)
Thursday 7 December: Caribbean, Central, and South America
Saturday 9 December: Australia, Greece, New Zealand
Wednesday 13 December: Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Thursday 14 December: Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Friday 15 December: Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Saturday 16 December: Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
UK Last Posting Dates Christmas 2017
Tuesday 19 December: Royal Mail 1st CLASS
Wednesday 20 December: Royal Mail Recorded
Thursday 21 December: Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed
Friday 22 December: Royal Mail Special Delivery, Saturday Guaranteed
For printing, mounting, framing and retouch see all of Metro’s Turnaroud times here.
Don’t Let Deadlines Get The Better of You – For extra support while planning your exhibition and portfolios ahead of Christmas why not check out our Tips from the Experts on Working To Deadlines!
Metro Imaging will be closed from 2 pm Friday 22nd December 2017 and will reopen at 8.30 am Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
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Metro is delighted to support Spanish born photographer Alex Franco, producing C-Type prints for his upcoming exhibition “Remember Me When I’m Gone”.
Best known for his fashion imagery in magazines such as Vogue, Vogue Homme and V Magazine “Remember Me When I’m Gone” is a personal cultural and social project for which Alex travelled to Calais several times to document The Jungle, a refugee and migrant encampment in the vicinity of Calais, France, in use from January 2015 to October 2016.
Visiting The Jungle over the course of eighteen months, Alex’s intention was to explore the context of displacement, led by a curiosity and concern that stem from a personal connection, a strong theme within Alex’s work. Learning of immigrants who had travelled from Morocco to Spain in the last few decades and their constantly compromised status, safety and human rights result in Alex’s handwritten personal account of those to whom The Jungle was home.
The media have documented the scenes of shabby temporary constructions of these impermanent homes; places of refuge for those who have fled their own homes in countries far away, and have upon arrival been displaced once again, to the outskirts, to the margins of our system. The interest in the problem seems to have vanished as we delude ourselves that the problem no longer exists once the structure has been dis- mantled.
This exhibition strives to shine a light on a problem that remains unresolved.
1st & 2nd December ’17: Crea Centre Polivalent, Carrer Ros de Olano, 20 Vila De Gracia, Barcelona
5th & 6th December ’17: Unit 10 Huntingdon Estate, Ebor St, London E1 6AW
Follow Alex Franco on Instagram
Images © Alex Franco
As one of the sponsors of Portrait Salon ’17 we were delighted to attend a one-off exhibition featuring a selection of portraits displayed at an outdoor location in London Fields, before it takes up a longer-term exhibition at Ravensbourne.
Julie said of the selection process, “As an artist who looks at, and works with portraits everyday, I thought that selecting from the submissions to Portrait Salon would be a straight forward process, but it was one of the hardest things I have done, testing me, educating me and touching me in ways I had not expected. There was something compelling about each photo, each person depicted, but I found myself drawn to particular things. I am not a photographer, but I consider myself an image-maker, and composition is integral to my practice, especially when working on a found image. There were powerful images that didn’t make my final selection, perhaps with strong composition or skilled lighting, but I chose ultimately those pictures that introduced me to someone I would be intrigued to meet”.
Portrait Salon was founded by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins to celebrate images submitted to, and rejected by, the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize.
The Portrait Salon ’17 exhibition continues in The Atrium at Ravensbourne from 23rd November until 7th December 2017
- © James Perolls
- © Dave Imms
- © Dean Belcher
- © Kate O’Neill
- Portrait Salon 17 Poster © Kate O’Neill
- Direct to Media Printer © Kate O’Neill
Metro worked with performing artist Heather Agyepong recently producing C-type prints for her project ‘But We Are Still Here’ which takes place at the Tate Modern this month.
But We Are Still Here provokes thought, questions and through a series of events and activities considers how culture is produced. Onlookers and participants are invited to voice ideas and experiences and to listen to others whilst considering how culture is (re) produced through our everyday behaviours and activities.
Difficult questions are asked in order to provoke debate, reflection, comment and action and what it might feel like to be visible/invisible, sharing responses in the space, exchange ideas and share experiences as well as participating in a diverse range of activities from zine making to poetry, performance to workshops.
The conversation unfolding on the Tate Exchange floor is framed by a series of photographs by Heather Agyepong to create a thought-provoking installation. Reimagined as Ghanaian Ashanti Warrior Yaa Asantewaa, Agyepong appears in a series of images that raise questions of value, ownership and erasure.
For more information and detail about the exhibition and events
Exhibition dates: 16th – 26th November 2017
Opening times: Thursday–Sunday: 12.00pm–6.00pm
Tate Exchange, Level 5, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
Images © Heather Agyepong Yaa 2017 (detail)
On the Heights is an exhibition showcasing new work from Miriam Austin, Sam Belinfante, Tom Lovelace and Frances Scott, four artists who were invited to spend two weeks living and working at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) in April 2017.
It explores the history, stories and landscape of the area, presenting a new dialogue between nature and experimental contemporary art practice for visitors to explore whilst extending YSP’s history of building relationships with and supporting young and emerging artists through the visiting artist programme.
Metro worked with Tom Lovelace producing C-Type prints for part of his installation which sensitively considers the extraordinary setting of YSP. Considering slippages in the manipulated landscape, Tom’s work prompts moments of uncertainty and doubt across various locations in the Park.
. The Park’s Upper Lake is the site of a large sculptural work, partnered by another sculptural piece in the Formal Garden pond and a series of photographic, assemblage works in the Bothy Gallery.
Tom also presents a new performance work that takes the visitor on an alternative tour of the Park, in which stories and anecdotes about YSP’s history and landscape are presented, but cannot necessarily be trusted.
Exhibition dates: 28th Oct –3rd Dec 2017
The exhibition takes place in the Bothy and in the open park
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Wakeﬁeld WF4 4LG
Images © Tom Lovelace
British photographer and filmmaker Lynda Laird worked with Metro recently using our Direct to Media printer to print images directly onto silk for her installation in the Planche(s) 2017 Festival. Now in its eighth year, this photography festival presents the works of a variety of photographers invited to spend a residency in Deauville, France.
The inspiration for Lynda’s installation was taken from the events that commenced on 6th June 1944, when allied forces launched the biggest amphibious military attack in history, known as the D-Day Landings. Codenamed ‘Operation Overlord’ the landings marked the start of a long and costly campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation, it was the beginning of the end of WW2.
Lynda’s photographs were taken in and around the coastal bunkers that formed part of the Atlantic wall along the Normandy coast from Utah beach to Deauville.
Lynda explains, “In part, I used infrared film – created by the military in WW2 to detect camouflage and expose a visual spectrum that’s invisible to the naked eye. Silk and Japanese mulberry paper forms part of this installation, both were important technologies specific to WW2; escape maps were printed on to silks and stitched inside officers uniforms, mulberry paper was used for this purpose as well as for creating balloon bombs.”
Also included in her installation is a video shot in the sea of the D-Day beaches at the exact time of the landings. The words spoken in this video are a diary entry from 6th June 1944, by Odette Brefort who lived in Deauville during the German Occupation and throughout WW2. As a member of the French Resistance she provided military intelligence on the German defences by drawing intricate and beautiful maps to send to her comrades in Paris.
Odette’s diary translation:
Oh, what a night! My little head is all shell-shocked.
Since midnight it’s been impossible to sleep: the humming from planes, the anti-aircraft bombs, the machine gun noise.
I went downstairs because I couldn’t sleep and after 15 minutes it went quiet. Thinking it would be better, I went back to bed. What a mistake!
All night, the humming from planes, it was non-stop.
What a joy when waking this morning, someone announces there was a landing at Dives.
At 8.20am a bomb falls on the Printemps store, another one on the Normandy.
By rule we don’t have the right to leave Deauville, or to ride our bicycles.
The weather remained foggy until midday, the sun shone from 4pm. It must be the English who brought the clouds! The defence volunteers will be able to move freely tonight.
Around 6pm, what a tremendous bang! It is the Mont Canisy. The English navy must have blown up a large artillery battery that was shooting at them. It had been deafening us since this morning. I think the shot hit the target, as we can’t hear a thing anymore.
What on earth will happen to us when the Navy and Air Force take care of our region?
There is no electricity. Deauville is in the dark.
Odette Brefort, 6 June 1944.
La Planche(s) 2017 runs from October 21st to November 26th, 2017
Images © Lynda Laird
Flying Trees and Sunken Gardens is the fifth in the changing foyer displays at the iconic Barbican Centre, London. It explores the history behind the creation and design of the open spaces, gardens, and conservatory that are found across the Barbican Estate and Arts Centre.
The site where the exhibition stands was, for over a decade (1940–1956), a devastated post-war site, a wild landscape. As the debate on the urban role of open space raged on, the weeds gently but effectively regenerated the City from its ashes. A monumental landscape emerged, combining low and high rise buildings and spaces, creating an enclosed, urban fabric within the City.
Metro is thrilled to have produced Giclée, C-Type matt and black and white resin prints for this extensive installation which is broken into three sections; references from continental Europe and inspiration from the English garden are brought to light from a selection of books from founding CP&B partner Geoffrey Powell. Archival drawings and illustrations convey the interweaving of artifice and nature and at the centre, historical drawings of the Conservatory and newly commissioned botanical photography celebrate the glass and steel design of this hidden garden.
Exhibition dates: present until 20th March 2018
Silk Street, London
1, 2 & 3. Rhiannon Stanford
4. Courtesy RIBA
5. P. W Hall, c. 1970’s perspective of conservatory. Courtesy RIBA