Ken Loach Recieves Honourary Doctorate From Coventry University

Nuneaton-born Loach is globally renowned for his gritty, hard-hitting style of cinema which explores class society in the UK, and on Monday 17th November, during the Art and Design graduation received an honorary doctorate of arts in recognition of his contribution to the British film industry.

He is known for his naturalistic, social realist directing style and for his socialism, which are evident in his film treatment of social issues such as homelessness (Cathy Come Home) and labour rights (Riff-Raff and The Navigators).

Images – Jonathan Bark


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Portfolio Review Day at the DMLL – Book your place now.

GRAIN, the photography hub and network for the West Midlands, still has places available for the next in its series of professional development opportunities. The event will be hosted at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab, Frederick Lanchester Building, Coventry University, Gosford Street, CV1 5DD – on Saturday 29th November 2014, 10am-5pm.


During the morning there will be a series of talks by expert professionals including Founder and Director of PhotoIreland, Ángel Luis González, editor and curator of Square Magazine, Christophe Dillinger and Oliver Whitehead, Talks Assistant at The Photographers’ Gallery London. In the afternoon participants will engage in advice sessions and one to one reviews aimed at helping emerging photographers, artists who work in photography and students to develop a professional portfolio.

The day is a must for emerging photographers who wish to understand how to develop their work and their portfolio in order to secure opportunities.


The event is ticketed and places must be booked in advance.
(£20 for professionals, concessions for £12)
To purchase click here to go to the Eventbrite page.


Sian Macfarlane

Siân Macfarlane is a visual artist based in the UK using film and photography to explore personal archives, and the everyday experience of place. Interested in personal histories left in the landscape, her work is concerned with making the invisible visible.

You can find out more here.


5 PLUS 5 Exhibition

5 plus 5 is a collaboration with GRAIN, the Library of Birmingham and the IED MADRID, and will be shown in Madrid and Birmingham during 2014/15. The exhibition showcases five photographers who are residents in the British Midlands area and five international artists who participate in the European Master of Fine Art Photography program in Madrid.

One of the 5 artists is graduate Dean O’Brien and themes such as memory, identity, space, the human condition and so forth, in other words, eternal subjects in the field of photographic creation.

5 plus 5 is a project created by Nicola Shipley and Pete James and curated by Moritz Neumüller. It will be shown at IED Madrid’s exhibition space at Calle Larra 14, in the city centre of the Spanish capital, from October 28 to November 14, 2014, and will then travel to Birmingham, where it will be exhibited at The Photographers’ Wall,  Library of Birmingham, in March-April of 2015.

Read more here.




Photo Book Day

The 14th October was the second ‘World Photobook Day’ – a day that seeks to celebrate the photobook as a form of expression and also marks the anniversary of Anna Atkins ‘Photographs of British Algae’ – arguably the first photobook (acquired by the British Library Oct 14, 1843).

Events took place around the world from Bangalore to Mexico City as well as here in Coventry where students, staff, alumni and visitors spent time with a selection of books from the ‘Natural Collection’ and the original ‘Box of Books’. A big thanks to Michael at the new Big Comfy Bookshop at Fargo Village for hosting us!

Images – Stephen Ma

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The Emotional Life of Transcultural Photographs

Some of Senior Lecturer Caroline Molloy’s PhD research is on exhibition as part of the Leverhulme funded Oxford Diaspora Arts Program, exploring Diaspora and Identity in Art, at the Old Fire station Arts, in Oxford. The event included still photography, moving image, theatre & conversation, all of which explored visual and oral representation of migrants & migrancy.

More information can be found here.

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Coventry Sounds

In response to the Coventry Sounds research project, as part of a 2nd year module, this group were tasked with investigating the music history of Coventry with particular focus on ‘The Lanch’.

This video mash up was created at Coventry University, the former home of ‘The Lanch’, where The Specials recorded this track in what is now the priory gym.

Created by Karley Foy, Lee Morley, Alex Taylor, Aneta Warlikowski and Eva Wysocka.


Assembly by Anthony Luvera

Anthony Luvera has recently opened an exhibition of a new body of work ‘Assembly’ at Brighton Photo Fringe Festival. This work was created over a twelve-month period with people who have experienced homelessness living in Brighton. ‘Assembly’ consists of a new series of assisted self-portraits; photographs created by participants; sound recordings; Frequently Asked Questions, an installation about homelessness support services across the UK; and documentation of the artists working practice.


Coventry Photography Graduate Shortlisted for Top Guardian Award

Dean O’Brien a recent Coventry University graduate has been shortlisted for ‘Student Photographer of the Year’. He submitted images from an ongoing project that looks are the modern day Ukraine.

Dean is one of five shortlisted and he will find out at an awards ceremony taking place at The Guardian offices in London on 7th November.


People of India by Jason Scott Tilley

Photographer Jason Scott Tilley’s  “People of India” is currently showing at the Herbert Art Gallery in conjunction with his family archive photographs & historical archives form the British Library and the Library of Birmingham. Jason spent 6 months on residency at Coventry university, printing the work in preparation for this project.

People of India presents a series of extraordinary photographs drawn from three immense collections – two historical, one contemporary – created at key moments in India’s history. Together these official, personal and historic images invite the viewer to compare the ways in which the people of India have been documented over the last 150 years.


Jason also spoke to the 2nd year students about his work in the gallery.