On 4 May 2019, Art at the Alison Richard Building (ARB) hosted a closing event for the Shutter Hub exhibition ‘Everything I Ever Learnt’ (23 March to 3 May 2019). The event included a symposium of photographers’ talks as well as an opportunity for photographers to network with each other. The symposium showcased work by 6 photographers who took part in the exhibition, providing them with the opportunity to give a presentation on their interests, projects and processes. The event was very well attended and received.
The ‘Everything I Ever Learnt’ exhibition was one of the most successful and most visited ever held at the ARB. There was a buzzing Private View and high visitor numbers throughout the exhibition. Many positive comments were received both from the public and the users of the building.
The exhibition concept created by Shutter Hub is great example of how it is possible to democratise photography, eliminating the often prohibitive costs of printing and framing for many photographers and artists.
This is the second exhibition by Shutter Hub held at the ARB after ‘Artificial Things’ in 2017. Shutter Hub’s processes of selection and installation are done in a very professional manner, making it a pleasure to work with the organisation.
– Judith Weik, Coordinator of Art at the ARB at Cambridge University.
Find out more about the exhibition, the exhibitors and the concept, here.
View the full exhibition catalogue and artists statements, here.
See the full installation and private view photographs, here.
What did the photographers talk about at the symposium? Find out more here.
Read a Q&A with Shutter Hub Director Karen Harvey by Judith Weik from the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge, here.
Almost 100 photographers came together to show the world through their eyes in this Shutter Hub and Art at the ARB exhibition at the University of Cambridge.
That image reminds me of something. It ignites a small flame that lights my way through the filing system of my mind. It brings me eventually to the hint of a memory, and that memory guides my interpretation of the image, influences my reaction, connects my thoughts and feelings, and threads them together, binding them into a new collection, to be drawn upon the next time something familiar arises.
Everything I have seen, felt, remembered,
everything, influences and informs every thought I will ever have.
‘It was a great experience talking about my project to an engaged audience. I had many lovely conversations about photography with other artists and it was a pleasure listening to the other photographers share their work and experiences.’ – Sophie Ellen.
“It was interesting to have to think deeply about the question presented, to join my photographic study with academic research and to discuss a Luis Buñuel film over a bourbon biscuit. Thank you Shutter Hub and Art at the ARB!” – Matt Dever.
‘It was my first time exhibiting and talking about ‘Not a girly girl’, an ongoing project with Bea, Miss Transgender UK 2017/18. These are the kind of opportunities you get being a Shutter Hub member, as well as lots of enthusiasm, professional support and lovely chats over cups of tea!
Bea’s story seemed to really resonate, with people saying they felt like they got a good sense of who she is – Bea’s humour, drive and compassion – which was hugely reassuring, as we want our collaboration to leave a memorable impression.
Bea couldn’t make the event – she was photographing herself that day – but she was pleased to hear that the portrait of her was taken home by another Shutter Hub photographer in the print swap – knowing a picture has gone from the brilliant space in Cambridge to hanging on someone’s wall at home is a great feeling!’ – Gemma Taylor.
‘It was a really lovely afternoon and a great way to celebrate the exhibition. I thoroughly enjoyed finding out more about each photographer’s work, seeing the similarities and differences in their practices, and getting a chance to chat with them afterwards. Each put such heart and soul into their work – their journeys through these projects were inspirational. It was fab to find a gorgeous old light meter from the Vintage Camera Jumble for Camera Amnesty too!’ – Tiina Burton.
Thank you to everyone who got involved with Everything I Ever Learnt, those who exhibited, those who gave talks, the wonderful people who came and viewed the exhibition, those who travelled from far and wide to be a part of this wonderful experience, and everyone who shared a little bit of what they’ve learnt with everyone else. Almost 100 photographers, and endless connections. Thank you.
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