#WearExperimenting is an ambitious photographic project devised by Jo Howell and commissioned by The Cultural Spring and NEPN. The project seeks to engage the people of Sunderland in a series of experiments, intended to explore the cross-currents of creativity shared by photography and science and to invite the public to share their experience of life in the city. Experiments will ask questions relating to the natural and physical environment; social, domestic and work life; health and well-being of the city and its residents.
Residents of Sunderland, and those who work in the city, can participate in workshops in Pallion, Millfield and Hendon and there will also be opportunities to encounter the project through a pop-up community darkroom which will appear over the next few months in community and social green spaces.
A key strand of #WearExperimenting will be online participation, an invitation extended to the public to create specific images relating to life in the city between June – November 2018. Each month, a photographic ‘recipe’ or directive will be issued to the city’s residents and the resultant images shared across social media, building up a rich image bank and data set from which we can observe ourselves.
Please get involved and follow the project at:
Deadline: 9am Monday 16 July 2018.
There is an opportunity for associate photographers/artists from the North East of England to contribute to #WearExperimenting by proposing and leading on a specific area of exploration. We are keen to receive proposals for support that will feed research for existing projects in development, providing the opportunity for photographic artists to develop their audience and deepen relationships with the public.
The selected photographers will be expected to develop and deliver 2 half-day participatory workshops in identified community settings in Sunderland, supported by lead artist Jo Howell.
Associates will also be required to present the findings of their research and workshop in a zine/e-publication or photographic form and will be asked to share their practice and learning from the project in a peer reflection.
NEPN will also offer 2 x advisory sessions with the Associates which will aim to support their wider practice development.
Fee available: up to £3,000 per Associate inclusive of VAT, materials and expenses.
The activity should be undertaken during the period July-November 2018.
- Cover letter, incorporating artist statement and current areas of enquiry and why this opportunity would benefit your professional and creative practice (max 2 pages).
- Links to your photographic work
- Proposed budget breakdown (fees and any other costs).
- Indicative timetable
Applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 9am Monday 16 July 2018.
We welcome enquiries and informal discussions, please email email@example.com in the first instance express interest.
This programme forms part of Observe. Experiment. Archive, NEPN’s overarching enquiry for 2018/19. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.