Photographer Emma Critchley to visit CU Photography

On Wednesday next week, Emma Critchley – who has specialised in underwater photography for over ten years – will join us to give an artist talk, and also some insightful advice and support to our 3rd year students in the last leg of their course. We’re very excited to have Emma join us, who has had work exhibited across the globe, and works both as commercial and critical artist as well as educator.

The talk is free and open to all.


Photographer David Moore to visit CU Photography

Documentary Photographer David Moore will be visiting Coventry University photography department to give a talk about his most recent work.  He will also be spending time with the 3rd year Photography students talking to them about their work and ideas for their final year projects.  His most recent publication Pictures from the Real World, published in 2013 has been reviewed by Time, The Guardian and Source among others.

His talk is free and open to all.

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ERASMUS student bids us a fond farewell.

As a part of the ERASMUS exchange programme Stevie Deale, from the Northern Arizona University in the USA, joined us this term as a 2nd year student.  She was warmly welcomed by the Photography team and students and she produced some excellent work during the module.  She became an invaluable part of the 2nd year cohort and contributed to the organisation of the end of module exhibition – VISBOX250.  As her exchange has now come to an end she sent us a farewell note that encapsulated her experience with us over the last 3 months. Some examples of the work that she completed during her stay are shown below. We hope to see you again soon Stevie!

stevie“I just want to thank you guys for welcoming me with open arms and being so forthcoming with me.  I have felt like part of the family and have felt so encouraged…The tutors have been very helpful and so lovely and I am so thankful for everyone. Thank you for the opportunity to come into the second year and to come here and study!”
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To mark the end of a fantastic start to the 2nd year of their degree the Level 2 Photography students decided to put on an independent event night and exhibition showcasing this term’s work in the Urban Coffee house in Fargo Village, Coventry. The event took place on the 2nd of December and the students were able to invite family and friends to celebrate all of their hard work.  The event was organised and curated by the students and is the first of many exhibition opportunities as they develop further in their studies. They exhibited a selection of images and showcased larger bodies of work in a projection room. They also invited Spooky Wagon to add to the atmosphere and entertain their guests.  The exhibition was open to the public until 8th December.














A selection of images and tweets from the night are below.

Photographs supplied by Emma Hogan

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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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Second Year Photography Student’s take Cultural Trip to Madrid

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Level 2 photography have just returned from an exciting Erasmus supported trip to Madrid.

Where they had the opportunity to catch up with the students Coventry students currently on the Advantage year abroad, Erasmus exchange at the University de Europa in Madrid, visit the University de Europa and meet the Online partners.


(Photos by Jonathan Bark)

We visited a number of galleries, the Botanic gardens, participated in the Madrid photo book club session reviewing the Aperture shortlisted books, a private collection of artist books and the palace amongst other cultural sites.

Some of their feedback and photographs are below.

Alice Riddy I enjoyed spending time with my class and soaking up a new location and culture”

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Becka Grindell “I thought is was an amazing experience to see different culture”

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Emma Hogan “I learned a few words of Spanish (although very few) and more about its city and culture.”

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Lee Morley “This was an excellent insight into life into Madrid. This has proved a great help in making my choice to live there next year.”

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Stephen Ma “It was a really cultural trip and we learned a lot about Spanish lifestyle in a few days. Everyone on the trip, got on well and spent a lot of time together.”

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When the students were asked what was most memorable most of the group retold an episode in a tapas bar when Stephen had thought he was buying a choc-ice but ended up up with a chocolate sandwich.


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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