Home - Group Exhibition as part of BEAT September 2019

We're excited to let you know we have a group exhibition as part of BEAT - the Borough of Ealing Art trail 2019. See below for details. Note we are in a new venue this year - Rickyard in Walpole Park. Hope to see you there.

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We tend to think of ‘home’ as a haven, somewhere we can retreat to after a busy or stressful day. It’s where our family, our partners, our familiar faces and favourite things are… where we can feel secure among the bricks and mortar of our domestic bliss. But it can be more complex than that. Some feel tied down by this image of home, with a longing to escape the over-familiar and make new memories elsewhere; for the elderly, loneliness can be an issue… and increasingly, contemporary times suggest other stories; home is a luxury some just do not have. The world is changing and for many the notion of home is changing too. Photographers from Ealing LIP reflect on what ‘home’ means to them.

At The Rickyard, Walpole Park, from 6th - 15th September.

Opening times:

Fri 6th, 12 - 7pm; Sat 7th & Sun 8th, 12 - 6pm
Mon 9th to Thurs 12th, 12 - 5pm; Fri 13th, 12 -7pm; Sat 14th & Sun 15th, 12 - 6pm

Activities

Longing for home

For some of us home is a place we take for granted, somewhere we can return to - but for others in the world, conflict or occupation has meant they have had to flee their home and are unable to return. They make home in a new place but still have memories of home from their homeland and a longing or an ache for it. Many Palestinians who have been exiled from their homes carry a key to remember home, and as a sign of their longing. This workshop will be a chance to hear stories of home, exile and longing. Facilitated by Jonny Baker whose photo ‘The Key’ is in the exhibition. The Rickyard, 4pm, Saturday 14th Sept.

Photowalk

Your camera and your curiosity are all you need! Join exhibitors Brigitte Flock and Chris Moxey for a local photowalk. This is not a technical session, just a fun way to enjoy photography with like-minded people and perhaps be inspired by something you may not have noticed before. Duration approximately 1.5 hours. Meet at the Rickyard, 1pm, Saturday 7th Sept

Insta Challenge: Home

Participate in the Ealing LIP BEAT 2019 project and see your own photographs become part of the exhibition. Use the hashtag #LIPBEATHOME to tag your Instagram picture on the theme ‘home’ and every day we’ll pick the best one to print and display in the gallery at The Rickyard! Coordinated by Ray Malcolm.

Collage/Scrapbooking Workshop

A family activity for 5-10 year olds accompanied by one adult.

We will explore a variety of materials and basic techniques, which will stimulate creativity and imagination, enabling participants to create their own unique piece of either a collage or a scrapbook's first page! Bring along your favourite printed photographs or cut out from magazines, a poem, or any other special little thing you would like to be on your creation. We will use buttons, feathers, natural items (eg. wood, flowers, leaves), coloured cards, fabrics, and more. Please be aware that the nature of this activity means a little mess should be expected, so wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Facilitated by Bea Maccarrone at The Rickyard, 2.30-4.30 pm, Sunday 8th Sept

Dates/Times:

Sat 7th - Photowalk with Brig and Moxey 1-2.30pm
Sun 8th – Bea, scrapbooks/collage drop in between 2-4pm – ages 5-10, must be accompanied by one adult.
Sat 14th – Jonny: Longing for Home – 4pm
Ongoing throughout the exhibition – Ray’s Instagram event


Question time

 

 

At our May meeting we invited members to think of questions they had and to put them to the group in the hope that there would be enough shared wisdom to help find some pointers or answers. Questions were wider ranging and it was amazing to see how the group seemed to find some wisdom for pretty much all the questions. As ever we also looked at photos - Dorota shared some ideas for the forthcoming BEAT exhibtion and Jonny shared a mix of recent photos from Barcelona, woodland and bluebells (see above).


Documentary Photography and The Don

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Continuing our new themed approach to our monthly meetings April's focus was on documentary photography. Members had been encouraged to attend the shows of Don McCullin and Markéta Luskačová at Tate Britain and we had a lively discussion about the past, present and future state of social documentary photography in the light of these photographers' work. Discussion was also had of a future project for the group on this theme and how it could support our BEAT show later in the year.

Edmond Terakopian then gave a talk that he had recently made at the Photography Show in Birmingham marking 30 years as his life as a photojournalist. He took us a on a journey from the discovery of his passion for photography through his award winning work on local and national newspapers to assignments on the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh and post earthquake life in Armenia. It gave a real insight into his work and the members really enjoyed it. Edmond blogs here and his latest reflection is on Don Mcullin in conversation.

To round off the evening Ray Higginbottom showed some of his excellent documentary prints from his garden allotments project plus recent work from New Orleans.


Perusing photo books

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At the March meeting members brought photo books that they liked. We spent getting on for an hour wandering round looking at and discussing those books. Whilst several regulars were away there were still 17 of us.

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Then as ever members showed photos including an amazing selection of work by new member Shaun Hodge and shots from Valencia from Robin Segulem. 

We also discussed BEAT and as I write are now entered to exhibit in September 2019 on the theme of Home.


Sketch of 2019 Ealing LIP Meetings

Following February's meeting we have sketched the plan for the year as follows (backfilling Jan and Feb!). All meeting will of course have space for the sharing of photos as that is at the heart of the group and our practice.

  • January - go to the opening night of Thirteen at Lauderdale House
  • February - plan the year ahead and discuss BEAT exhibition
  • March - bring a photography book or three that you love
  • April - theme ''documentary' - discuss Don Mcullin exhibition at Tate (visit beforehand if possible)
  • May - hive mind/wisdom of the crowd - in advance we will get questions form group members and attempt to answer them from within the group
  • June - desert island snaps - detail to follow (plus on a Sat/Sun a visit to a woodland for a group day meeting)
  • July - theme "portrait" with accompanying challenge
  • August - curation - with guest speaker tba
  • September - opening night of BEAT exhibition
  • October - photo book - bring a photo book you have made
  • November - theme "street" 
  • December - Christmas meal

The idea for the year ahead is that members of the group will take on chairing/facilitating an evening which will mean pulling it together, leading the evening and managing any related challenge and sharing of photographs. This is not set in stone and may change but it gives a feel for where we are headed and hopefully enables some planning ahead.


the memory of trees

 

 

February's meeting saw a couple of new people join. The deadline for entering BEAT 2019 is 19th March so that was a big focus along with planning the year ahead (see the post above).

The meetings now being on Wednesday mean that Ray Higginbottom will be back joining us from time to time. He is now editor of one of the RPS magazines for the visual art group and the first one he has done arrived the day before so he was able to show us that and it looked great! And we enjoyed looking at some of the latest photos he has been working on which include a new exploration 'the memory of trees' (an Enya album title inspired theme!). Here's a couple of the first photos above...


January meeting moved

Please note if you are coming to the January meeting it is on January 9 (and not the usual first Weds) and we have decided to go to the opening of the Thirteen exhibition below rather than our usual meeting venue of the Forrester.