Exhibitions

Dividing Lines at Photobook Cafe 11 and 12 Jan

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Dividing Lines The book of ‘Dividing Lines’ is being launched at the Photobook Café on the evenings of 11 and 12 January 2024, and accompanied by a pop-up exhibition of images from the project.

Frankie McAllister’s book ‘Dividing Lines’ is an essay responding to the effect of Brexit on Ireland and more specifically to the landscapes of Donegal, one of the border counties and a place she has strong connections with. Using the landscape as a metaphor, she has created images exploring the artificiality (and absurdity) of externally imposed borders, whether they are borders we impose on ourselves or those imposed from outside.

Runs: 11 – 12 January 2024
Open: Launch & Pop-up 11 January 6pm to 9 pm, 12 January 6pm to 9 pm
Also open for view on Saturday 13 January 1pm to 5pm
Private View: 11 and 12 January 6pm to 9pm

Gallery: The Photobook Cafe, 4 Leonard Circus, Shoreditch. EC2A 4DQ
Public transport: Nearest tube Old St.
https://www.frankiemcallister.com
https://photobookcafe.co.uk


Stories behind the image

September's meeting had been devoted to opening our BEAT 2023 exhibition Blondin so it was good to get back to sharing and discussing new work from a number of members for our October meeting.

Ray Higginbottom led off with a new selection of prints of landscape work from a recent trip to Norfolk. We then welcomed Mark Fisher who joined the meeting after seeing our last BEAT show and he shared some of his work from a recent trip to Norfolk too. Robin Segulem's prints then transported us to Cumbria, from the streets of Barrow-in-Furness to the Lake District Fells. Angelika Berndt took us to Austria to admire a new set of documentary images from a bodypainting festival. Following that, the Arles photo festival itself was the subject of Richard Baker's work with his take on the curation and display of the exhibitions there. Anshuman Acharya added to the global perspective of the evening with a range of photographs from Japan, India, Vietnam and Australia.

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[Both images above by Robin Segulem]

 

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[Both images above by Richard Baker]

 

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[Both images above by Anshuman Acharya]

 

We had a chat about BEAT and the private view in particular. The slackline display was a hit and prompted us to think of combining with other performers or artists on any future projects too.

We then followed up on an idea Arun Misra had suggested for our topic calendar at the start of the year - stories behind some famous photographs. Dorota Boisot showed some portraits she had made in the spirit of a photograph of the Hollywood star Rita Hayworth. Sean McDonnell then shared a selection of images and stories from photographers including Louis Daguerre, Diane Arbus and Sebastião Salgado.

 

We also had a brief discussion on ideas for next month's meeting, including AI, and will be sharing details in advance of that.

Thanks in conclusion to Robert Vaas for hosting the meeting at Questors Theatre while our regular venue was unavailable!

 


Launch night and Ealing BEAT weekends

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September's meeting was the opening of the Blondin exhibition. It was a lovely evening on a gorgeous late summer's day cataching up over a drink, bathing in the satisfying aftermath of the exhibtion going up, chatting with friends. It looks great and will get so much footfall by virtue of its location. To add a bit of fun to the evening Nick had brought along his slackline which was set low to the ground for anyone to have a go. 

BEAT is also in full flow now and weekend one has just drawn to a close. Hopefully visitors to Blondin enjoyed their visit as part of the local art trail.

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Blondin - group exhibition in Blondin Park

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Blondin is an outdoor exhibition of photographs illustrating the life of Blondin Park. It is this year's Ealing LIP group exhibition. We have discovered parts of the park and activities that have caught our imagination.  They are on display on boards outdoors so you can view them at any time. 

The exhibition will feature as part of this year's BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) which runs over the weekends of 9-10 Sept and 16-17 Sept, but will remain up for several months. 

It is live now. So do visit! Do join us for an official opening launch on Sept 6 at 7pm in the park by the boards.

The group currently have two outdoor exhibitions in ealing as Unlocked is still on display on the putside of Ealing Police Station.


Park life and portraits

A review of our submissions for this year's BEAT project was the main subject of July's meeting. The group has been busy spending time in Blondin Park, a local open space that also has a pavilion for community activities, to create a collection of reflections on the life of the park. 
 
It's been a great opportunity for us to represent the range of styles and interests within the group and engage with our local neighbourhood. We plan to exhibit our work in an outdoors gallery in the park and it will be an interesting companion to our Ealing Unlocked project on the facade of Ealing police station, created for BEAT two years ago which is still on show!
 
We always make time for members to share their work in our meetings and this month we had a fascinating range of work.
 
We started with some of Aasem's latest images and a wonderful drone view of Tower Bridge. Ray then showed work in progress on his family portraits plus prints of two new triptychs, Inspirational as always. 
 
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[Image by Ray Higginbottom]

 
Jonny shared some great natural portraits of two women, Mariza and Maria, who work in an ethical cleaning company called Clean For Good set up to pay cleaners the London Living Wage.
 
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[Images by Jonny Baker]

 

Frankie shared some more triptychs...

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...and an experiment with six images too.

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[Images by Frankie McAllister]

 
Brigitte is also developing ideas using this technique, taking a documentary approach in work from Brighton and Rome. Another fascinating development.
 
 
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[Images by Brigitte Flock]
 
 
We concluded with a review of meeting topics for the rest of the year. It's looking really promising with a book launch and AI on the agenda too!
 

Vitality - the 34th annual LIP exhibtion

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[photo copyright Sue Ridge]

Group members Jonny Baker and Frankie Macallister are taking part in this year's LIP annual exhibtion. It is LIP’s 34th Annual Exhibition featuring an independent selection of work by 62 LIP members.

Runs: Tuesday 24 to Sunday 29 January

Open: 12.00 to 18.00 (17.00 on Sunday).

Private View: Thursday 26 January at 18.30

Gallery: Espacio Gallery 159 Bethnal Green Road London E2 7DG

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Bethnal Green Station
Overground: Shoreditch High Street Buses: 8, 388

View the Exhibition Catalogue here