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Photographic Exhibitions Outside London

Belfast, Northern Ireland

BELFAST EXPOSED PHOTOGRAPHY. The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2FF. Tel: 028 9023 0965. E-mail: Web: Open: Tues - Sat 11am - 5pm. Adm: Free

6th February - 20th March. EX - VOTO. Lilibeth Cuenca is interested in investigating the group versus the individual constellations in society and how the individual responds to social or religious rituals. Her film Holy Wood takes place on Easter Week in San Fernando Cutud in the Philippines. The main event in Cutud is on Holy Friday, when voluntaries crucify themselves. The striking images of the ritual are juxtaposed to a seemingly incongruent soundtrack inspired by the anti-religious lyrics of Marilyn Manson’s album, Holy Wood. Tommaso Bonaventura’s work records the journeys of thousands of pilgrims who every year crisscross Europe on their way to places with evocative names such as Lourdes or Santiago de Compostela. Alone or in groups, they follow pilgrimage routes doing penance for their sins in hope of a miracle or as a personal challenge and spiritual journey. Bonaventura photographed these pilgrims on their travels, the roots of which lie more than a millennium back in history. John Angerson has been working on his portrait of the Jesus Army for twenty years. This evangelical sect was founded in Northamptonshire, England, in 1969. The Jesus Army has proven highly successful with its emotional, comprehensive brand of religious experience. The members are often previously addicts or criminals and give up all private property, live in communes and share their incomes. Thus, the Jesus Army provides them with a new start. Angerson has made an intimate portrait of the movement, which for him represents the revival of fundamentalist religions all over the world. The ex-voto paintings in this exhibition come mainly from Mexico, often taking the form of folk art. The ex-voto is signed, dated and includes an explanation of why the giver is giving thanks. It is then left at a church altar.  They are very public, yet very personal professions of faith in God and thanks for favours received.

Life With The Jesus Army by John Angerson


Bradford, Yorkshire

IMPRESSIONS GALLERY. Centenary Square Bradford BD1 1SD. Tel: 08450 515 882. e-mail: Web:

Until - 29th March. JERWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2008. Rågskär Island by Martina Lindqvist (age 27) is a series of mysterious and unsettling landscapes of a small island off the coast of Finland, which Lindqvist used to visit each summer. Rocket by Alice Myers (age 22) captures the exhilaration of children as they propel themselves through water, letting go of safety and launching themselves into the expanse of the unknown. Ladykillers by James Pogson (age 24) takes its title from an international women’s Thai kickboxing tournament, and his garish, Technicolor portraits are in complete accord with the assertiveness of the subjects they depict. People’s Park by Kurt Tong (age 31) was inspired by the artist’s own childhood memories in Hong Kong and presents a melancholic and wistful view of now deserted Communist-era parks. Untitled Series by Nicky Walsh (age 29) demonstrates a minimalist approach that invites an aesthetic contemplation of mass produced objects and sterile office environments.

Rågskär Island by Martina Lindqvist


Cardiff, Wales

G39. g39 Wyndham Arcade, Mill Lane, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 1FH. Tel: 029 2025 5541 e-mail: Web:

31st January - 7th March. HELEN SEAR - Projection and Display. G39 presents a significant exhibition by photographic artist Helen Sear, including the first UK showing of new works Projection, and the installation Display. Helen Sear’s photographic work prompts instinctive gut emotions from the viewer: fear, desire, entrapment, joy. Her visceral and sensual imagery is carefully selected and manipulated to evoke complex and often indefinable or unfinished responses, as if we are being presented with a pictorial fragment of a tale. Throughout Sear’s practice is an ongoing enquiry into beauty and nostalgia, ranging from the grand opulence of Italian interiors or a rural vista, to abandoned detritus in a wooded glade or a forgotten ornament.

Charm by Helen Sear


FFOTOGALLERY @ TURNER HOUSE. 1 Plymouth Road, Penarth, CF64 3DM. Tel: 02920 708870. E-mail: Web:

Until - 1st March. WENDY McMURDO - The Skater. Wendy McMurdo is the recipient of FF30, Ffotogallery’s 30th anniversary commission to celebrate the organisation’s distinguished past and continued investment in international contemporary photography. Wendy McMurdo is one of the UK’s leading lens-based artists who has evolved a singular photographic practice that explores the impact of digital technologies on our understanding of the photographic image and how this new media fundamentally affects identity, particularly in relation to the psychological world of the young.
For FF30, the artist has developed a new body of work, which draws inspiration from Sir
Henry Raeburn’s much loved painting, Rev. Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch, 1784 – where
the protagonist is pictured skating in splendid isolation in the middle of a frozen lake. The
painting is widely regarded as a characteristic of the Scottish enlightenment – an 18th
Century image of reason triumphing over nature. In contrast, McMurdo’s skater, presents
a more dystopian view of the impact of virtual technology on the lives of the young.


Isle Of Wight, South

DIMBOLA LODGE MUSEUM. Terrace Lane, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, PO40 9QE. Tel: 01983 754960. E-mail: Web:

Until - 1st March. KAREN-JANE DUDLEY - An Intimate Portrait of Nature. Born in London, Karen–Jane Dudley took the decisive step to progress her long time interest in wildlife photography into a full-time profession in 1998, after relocating to the Isle of Wight, her passion for the natural world and deep love for Africa has since evolved into a career specialising in “big cat” photography giving an up close and personal insight into the lives of some of the world’s most stunning big cat species.

20th February - 12th April. LARRY ELLIS - 40 Years Of British Comedy. Former Daily Express showbiz photographer Larry Ellis, 76, has photographed every top British comedian for the last forty years, with many funny men even testing their new jokes on their friend Larry as he frames them in his camera viewfinder. Now fifty of Larry’s favourite pictures of the men and women who have made us laugh and cracked our sides, will be on show at Dimblola Lodge from 20 February to 12 April 2009.
Known for storytelling Larry recalls one magical moment while waiting outside the Palladium Theatre in London for Tommy Cooper to arrive for The Royal Varity Performance, ‘he paid the taxi driver and before disappearing inside gave him an envelope and said have a drink on me mate. The cabbie opened envelope and roared with laughter it was a tea bag called PG TIPS’.


Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria

THEATRE BY THE LAKE. Lakeside, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ. Tel: 017687 72282. Web: Open: 9.30am - 5pm daily but may be open later depending upon performances. Adm: Free.

Until - 24th February. STEVE GOSLING - Lakeland Light. Steve was invited to exhibit his black & white landscape photographs of the Lake District at the 'Theatre by the Lake' in Keswick. An extraordinarily talented photographer this is an exhibition worth travelling to see.

Two images of Derwentwater by Steve Gosling

Winchester, Hampshire

THE WINCHESTER GALLERY. Park Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8DL. Tel: 01962 852500. Open: Tues - Fri 10am - 4.30pm. Adm: Free

Until - 13th February. RENJA LEINO - Just Anybody & Absent Friends.

Renja Leino’s new series Just Anybody was made in England last year while she was an International Photography Research Fellow 2007 hosted by The Winchester Gallery and managed by Fotonet.Using her mobile phone camera she took thousands of photographs of people out and about in London and by the seaside. The presentation of these images demonstrates how this ‘little technological wonder’ has given everybody the opportunity to photography anybody anywhere and use the images however they like.  For photographers this poses ethical problems. Absent Minds is the title of the other series of photographs taken using a mobile phone. These photographs are studies of children looking at the tv screen, very close, very bright so you can see the screen reflected in their eyes.



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April 2014
Sophie Martin-Castex


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