Exhibition Planning–Gallery 1 Bank Street Arts


It is all confirmed. ‘New Photographic Chemistry’ will have its first ‘proper’ showing at the Bank Street Arts gallery, Sheffield, on Friday 30th September 2016 & Saturday 1st October 2016. I have the whole of Gallery One for those two days – set-up is Thursday 29th; open to the ‘public’ from Friday morning; a ‘social/preview’ on the Friday evening; an ‘event’ for fellow students, with OCA’s support, on the Saturday; take-down immediately after closing on that day. It is, in effect, a kind of solo graduation show, I guess, and I have just over four weeks to make it happen.

The image above is of a scale model of the gallery that I’ve made over the weekend, from a floor plan that I picked up in a meeting with the gallery manager on Friday. I’m awaiting his feedback on a ‘trial run’ with some self-adhesive vinyl material that we stuck on the gallery wall, which I expect to be OK, and then I’m hoping to have a large-scale ‘mural’ printed of one image, which will go in the large space on the back wall. I’m also planning to have a selection of images printed professionally, at around A2 size. The main purpose of the model is for me to experiment with layout using some scaled down prints & get a feel for how I can use the space most effectively. Once I have a firm idea on what and how many, I aim to order my external printing this week. I’ve already sourced printers for the mural and the A2s. The latter I plan to have mounted on PVC, as a sort of compromise between highly durable but hugely expensive dibond and the cheap but vulnerable option – foam mounts. I’ll also do a fair amount of smaller printing myself (and/or re-use prints that I made for the Daisy Lane Books installation). It’s going to cost me a few hundred pounds but I keep saying that I want to ‘make a bit of a splash’! I think that is what will work for this project.

I will need to make some choices about what to include & what to leave out. Gallery One is a decent size space but I can’t include everything. The ‘alcove’ on the left of the image, by the window, will house a screen on which my video of the book that I submitted for BoW Assessment will run. I’ll also have the new video available so that I can use it in the Saturday event if I wish. In the middle of the gallery space, I plan to place a borrowed glass-top desk into which (under the glass) I can display the book itself and various ‘artefacts’ from the project, such as burned pages and the printed fabrics. I’ll probably also have at least one table on which other items from the project will be displayed. The glass-topped display should evoke a sense of the ‘museum’, the book as a kind of relic, and I’d like to make a display on the table that feels more ‘installation’ and less ‘pictures on a wall’. I thought about recreating the look of this image, for example.

Two Grades of Bromide Paper

OCA has agreed to help with ‘invites’ for the social event and with the organisation of the Saturday student event. The latter will certainly be publicised on the OCA blog WeAreOCA and will run in similar fashion to a study visit. That gives me a good basis for promoting the exhibition and for presenting the work to others (and gaining the all important feedback, of course). I need to liaise & prepare material for these purposes shortly, too. Assignment Four of SYP is to present a ‘draft’ of how the final publication is to be presented. There isn’t a great deal of time to do that, and get tutor feedback, in time to make amendments before the event. But I’m expecting to have the basis for an Assignment Four submission early next week; all being well.

(Perhaps worth noting here, that I have also been in discussion with my tutor about a project for Assignment Three. The details aren’t yet fully agreed/finalised but it will simply run in parallel – more on here later.)


‘New Photographic Chemistry’ – video launched

Following the feedback from Assignment Two, I have produced a new, short video about the ‘New Photographic Chemistry’ project. It serves a number of purposes – a general introduction to the project and its origins; background about my creative process (and therefore my practice in general); and illustration of the two ‘returns’ that are key features of the outcomes from the project so far, the return of my images to the original binding of the book that provided the inspiration, and the return of the project to the ‘space’ from which it came, the second-hand bookshop, Daisy Lane Books.

The video is viewable here – ‘New Photographic Chemistry’ – and is also now featured on my website – wherenothingisreal.

I’ve produced the video from stills of the images, stills of the Daisy Lane Books installation, and a few new video sequences shot for the purpose – all supported with a soundtrack of me speaking about the project. I’ve subsequently sought feedback from my fellow students in our hangout group, and from my tutor, incorporating one or two small changes as a result. Thanks to those involved for their support. I’m actually quite pleased with the outcome and see it as a really useful addition to the project that I can confidently link to when promoting the project or otherwise informing interested parties.

And, in the context of further developments, much more planning and preparation is coming up because it has now been confirmed that the work will go on show in its own ‘micro-exhibition’ at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, 30/09/16-01/10/16. There’ll be more on that in this blog in the not too distant future.