Senior Lecturer in Photography Caroline Molloy has just returned from Madrid, where she set up an online international learning project with our sister university, Universidad Europea de Madrid. Students from both universities are working on the same project in different locations and are in dialogue investigating the cultural similarities and differences between the two cities. Caroline has also caught up with the three Erasmus exchange students from the photography department at Coventry University, who are currently studying for their year-long advantage year as an addition to their undergraduate honours degree.
Jason Scott-Tilley is a photographic artist whose work explores the ever changing relationship between Britain and India during the colonial rule (1858 to 1947).
He gave an inspiring talk about his practice and large body of portraits taken in India over a period of ten years, from 1999 to 2009. The project is a geographical and emotional response to two archives:
the photographic archives of his anglo-indian grandfather, Birt Scott from the 1920s till 1947 , and ‘The people of India volumes,’ an 8 volumes photographic survey of the Indian population undertaken by John Forbes Watson and John William Kaye between 1868 and 1875, which can be seen at the Library of Birmingham.
Jason was an artist in residence in the photography department at Coventry University in 2012, thanks to the generous support of the Arts Council of England. His work is in the permanent collection of the Birmingham photographic archive.
Carolyn Lefley is a photographic artist whose work engages with the home and its multiple layers of narratives as ‘sites for longings and a place to belong.’ She recently undertook a residency with the Timespan museum in the highlands of Scotland, making work in situ of the Kildonan Clearances which took place in the early 19th century. To find out more visit http://www.carolynlefley.co.uk/.
Students on the second year module ‘Photography in context’ visited the library and the photographic exhibition Reference works, Birmingham’s largest ever photographic commission (2011).The works of the four displayed artists, Michael Collins, Brian Griffin, Andrew Lacon and Stuart Whipps were created as a response to the new Birmingham central library. The works of the four displayed artists, Michael Collins, Brian Griffin, Andrew Lacon and Stuart Whipps were created as a response to the new Birmingham central library.The impressive recently opened (September 2013) New central library in Birmingham is the largest public lending library in Europe with over 400 000 plus books, a national photography collection, a world class archive, a series of social and research spaces, a photography gallery, a space to view BFI films and an interactive art workshop space for children..The architecture of the building, which was conceived by Francine Houben, combines modern and old open structures, which invites the public of all age and backgrounds to explore the library. It is also a reflection on the changing role of libraries within contemporary society, as centres for information and exchange of ideas,where knowledge is accessible to everybody.
Hey, you made it – awesome. Looking forward to seeing you about the place over the next few weeks, if we don’t get chance to sit down together then book in and see me for a tutorial (I like Jaffa cakes), it’ll be great to hear how your Summer went and how you found the task etc. If you have Matt for your first module please look after him, we need him for term two just as you found him.
Okay, lets go to work.
Hi there! You will see a fair bit of me through your first term so if you likely wont need to remind yourself of what I look like, but nevertheless here is an image! It’ll be a fun term but no coasting; from the start of your first module we will be questioning our preconceived understanding of the photographic image, the portrait, the landscape, and the document. Like JW you can book in to see me at any time but only bring Jaffa Cakes if you have removed and disposed of the Jaffa part first!
Hello all image makers!
I’m truly excited to start my first term at CU with you guys! Looking forward to a creative year with lots of opportunities to explore and challenge your (and my) ideas about photography. So please pop by for any questions, you will see me around quite a bit on various modules, in the darkroom or studios. My base is in the same office as Jon Legge.
The work our students have achieved here all began with the #picbod open class, which was run by Matt Johnston and lived online as a Google+ community. But much of what they have gone on to achieve has been under there own initiative, we think they’ve done fantastically well, and eagerly anticipate their 3rd year. You know the space to watch.
For the second year in a row a Photography student has received an award from the University for furthering Equality and Diversity. Level 2 student Chris Trafford follows in the footsteps of recent graduate Larissa Grace, for his work with summer schools. Chris received the award from Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Marshall, in front of an audience that included many of the nominees and invited staff and students. Well done Chris and keep up the good work!
Our Level 3 students are today adding the final touches to their exhibition entitled Raw Format, featuring as part of the Coventry University’s 2013 Degree Show. The show opens tonight with the private view, and will then be open to the public till Thursday 6th June. Opening times are 10am to 5pm. We hope to see you there, and to wet your appetite for now, here’s a timelapse created by the students of the exhibition setup.
You can find RawFormat on Twitter at #rawfmt and Facebook, for all the latest news.
Following this the RawFormat exhibition will be travelling to the Strand Gallery in London.