RECLAIM PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2017
Reclaiming Our Cultural Landscapes
Welcome to Reclaim Photography Festival 2017. The Festival programme includes responses to our open call: Reclaiming Our Cultural Landscapes, through our one-day event across eight regional venues in print, digital and projected image format on Saturday 6 May 2017. The Festival is also offering photography workshops, gallery exhibitions and professional opportunities for young people and emerging artists.
Reclaiming Our Cultural Landscapes
Cultural landscapes are an important part of our past, present and future. They help to provide us with a deeper understanding of the world. The images that form this year’s Festival represent landscapes which have been influenced or shaped by human involvement, whether through cultural events or by individual personalities. In reclaiming our understanding of our cultural landscapes, these images explore our sense of self, our evolving relationship with our communities, and the continuity of our communal heritage.
Participants were encouraged to respond to this theme through the use of archive material, analogue, digital and mobile photography. We received over a 1000 images from 56 UK towns and cities and 36 countries world-wide incorporating both traditional and contemporary approaches in the form of:
* landscape photography – coastal, rural or urban;
* still-life photography – objects or the natural world;
* documentary photography;
* photo journalism;
* and experimental imagery.
Festival Adjudicator, British artist, Richard Billingham and our team of Festival curators selected 30 images chosen from both international and UK photographers, to form a travelling gallery exhibition from 6 May – 7 June 2017. View our exhibition gallery page here.
Prints from the one day event and travelling gallery exhibition will be auctioned to raise funds for regional charity St Basils, who work with young people age 16-25, to prevent youth homelessness. View our exhibition brochure here published on ISSU. View our exhibition gallery page and to bid online in advance of the auction here. Online bidding closes at 3pm, Friday 7 July 2017. This private auction is not for profit and is not publicly funded. You must be over 18 years or over to bid on the auction. Find out more about St Basils here.
Printing services are sponsored by Palm Laboratories, Birmingham. For more details about our partners, sponsors, supporters and venues please view the links at the bottom of this page.
Saturday 6 May 2017
* This event is strictly for adults only. The display at the Light House Media Centre shows adult content and nudity, and is therefore not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 or for some adults. As a result, audience discretion is advised.
Travelling Gallery Exhibition
6 -21 May 2017
Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH
Mon-Thurs and Sat-Sun 10am-5pm
*Exhibition ends at 12pm Sun 21 May
Travelling Gallery Exhibition
23 May – 7 June 2017
Lichfield Street, WV1 1DU
Monday – Sat, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm
More details coming soon…
Reclaim Photography Festival is proud to announce British artist Richard Billingham as Festival Adjudicator for RPF17: Reclaiming Our Cultural Landscapes.
Our team of Festival curators worked with Richard to select thirty prints for our touring gallery exhibition hosted by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 6-21 May 2017 and Wolverhampton Art Gallery 23 May – 7 June 2017.
Awards for our gallery exhibitors include:
*exhibition alongside internationally renowned photographers;
*exhibition exposure in two main city galleries;
*inclusion in exhibition marketing and promotion campaign;
*inclusion in BLUR Magazine*.
Reclaim Photography Festival invited experts within the field of photography to assist with individual award selection. Our RPF17 jurors will offer awards to at least three gallery exhibitors, including our ‘Volunteers Favourite’.
Richard Billingham – www.anthonyreynolds.com British artist working in photography and film, concerned mainly with human relationships and the landscape. Work in public collections includes the V&A and Tate Galleries in London, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and San Francisco MOMA.
Jennie Anderson – argenteagallery.com Director of Argentea Gallery, Birmingham. Argentea is a new gallery dedicated to showing the very best contemporary photography from both British and international artists. Argentea’s aim is to support the careers of both emerging and established artists by promoting an awareness and appreciation of contemporary photography and by providing a platform where ideas and practices can be explored and tested.
Maxine Watts – reclaimphotographyfestival.org Founder and Artistic Director of Reclaim Photography and Festival (RPF) West Midlands UK. RPF offers an annual programme of collaborations, events and exhibitions; dedicated to showing the very best in art photography free of cost or competition. Recent work includes producing A Cartography of Dreams for Dimbola Museum and Galleries with artists: Paul Biddle, Tami Bone, Jonah Calinawan and Fran Forman.
Solo exhibition at Argentea Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Argentea Gallery – argenteagallery.com Located in Birmingham’s last remaining Georgian square, in the heart of the vibrant Jewellery Quarter, Argentea Gallery is Birmingham’s newest contemporary photography gallery.
An opportunity to work with Gallery Director Jennie Anderson to curate and host a solo exhibition.
Work experience opportunity with Multistory
Multistory – www.multistory.org.uk – Multistory works with photographers to celebrate and document everyday life in the Black Country to create a contemporary archive and collection. They are offering the opportunity to get some work experience on a photographic shoot in 2017; date and location to be confirmed.
*BLUR – blur-magazine.com – BLUR is a 200+ page bi-monthly online magazine devoted to uncovering and promoting creative photography, with a visual identity, for professional and amateur photographers alike. Established in 2007, BLUR is a non-profit magazine, published by Photography Association Creatus, and has a public following in over 200 countries. Contributing Editor: Michael Kirchoff – www.michaelkirchoff.com is a commercial and fine art photographer.
A Day at Rankin Photography
A chance to spend a day with the photographic team behind Rankin Photography, Hunger Magazine and HungerTV; this day placement is a genuine opportunity to see behind the scenes and gain experience in the studio and production aspects of a demanding photography environment.
Opportunities can include:
• A tour of the studio
• Observe a high profile magazine or commercial shoot
• Participate alongside studio assistants to gain hands on experience
• Get an overview of the roles involved in a successful photographic campaign
Rankin – rankin.co.uk – Synonymous with compelling portraiture, Rankin’s body of work features some of the world’s most celebrated publications, biggest brands and pioneering charities.
Rankin made his name in publishing, founding the monthly magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1992, to provide a platform for innovation from stylists, designers, photographers and writers. Rankin has published over 30 books and in 2011 returned to fashion publishing as he launched the biannual magazine: Hunger.
With his intimate approach and playful sense of humour, Rankin is known for his celebrity portraiture – photographing everyone from the Queen of England to the Queen of Pop. However, his campaigns and projects featuring ‘real women’ have marked him out as a genuinely passionate portrait photographer. Whether personal or commercial, Rankin’s images have become part of contemporary iconography.
Free year’s membership to the prestigious Royal Photographic Society (RPS)
The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) – www.rps.org – The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) is a registered charity promoting photography and supporting photographers as well as a membership organisation. It was founded in 1853 and has over 11,500 members. Whatever your photographic interest the Society can help guide you on your journey as a photographer. The Society also acts as a public advocate for photography and regularly speaks to the media on matters such as copyright and photographers’ rights.
* Monthly award-winning magazine
* Your portfolio on our website
* Discounts on insurance
* Member only competitions
* Over 500 events a year throughout the UK
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners, sponsors, supporters and venues, for their help with this year’s events, exhibitions and workshops, and Reclaim Photography members for inviting us to host this second UK international Reclaim Photography Festival.
Fieldings Auctioneers Limited Stourbridge
Mill Race Lane, Stourbridge, DY8 1JN
Telephone: 01384 444 140
Email us via our contact page
Fieldings Auctioneers are based in Stourbridge in the West Midlands and hold regular auctions of ceramics, collectables, furniture, glass, jewellery, paintings, print, watercolours and silverware. Make sure you visit us at www.fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk Follow us on Twitter.
KBM Framing Gallery Walsall
190b, High Street, Bloxwich, Walsall, WS3 3LA
Telephone: 01922 710444
Email: 07941 845336
KBM Framing Gallery is a respected professional picture framing company with twenty-five years experience. They offer a wide range of framing styles, competitive pricing structure, free no-obligation quotes and a friendly helpful service. Make sure you visit us at www.kbmframing.co.uk.
Palm Laboratory Birmingham
69 Rea Street, Birmingham, B5 6BB
Telephone: 0121 6225504
We offer all types of film and photo processing services, digital photographic printing, scanning, mounting and photo books. We pride ourselves on our friendly helpful service, as, likeminded people, we have a love of the photographic image. Make sure you visit us at www.palmlabs.co.uk and join us on Facebook.
St Basils Charity
This year we will be raising funds for St Basils charity.
St Basils works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, helping over 4000 young people per year across the West Midlands region with specific services in Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Worcestershire, the Wyre Forest and Coventry.
Every year over 1200 young people are housed in our 29 supported accommodation schemes, which for some young people includes their young children as well. We have a range of prevention, accommodation and support services to help young people regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives, gain skills, training and employment and move on.
The aim is to help them successfully break the cycle of homelessness so that they can go on to experience a bright, fulfilling future and never return to a state where they are at risk of homelessness again. To find out more about St Basils visit www.stbasils.org.uk If you would like to find out more about fundraising opportunities and to support St Basils further visit www.stbasils.org.uk/help-us/ Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook Follow us on Flicker