SPECIALIST ART COLLEGE JOINS AWARDS WINNING PHOTOGRAPHERS WITH EXHIBITION AT INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
A group of photographers from CCAD have been invited to take part in an exclusive exhibition of international talent at the Hull International Photography (HIP) Festival after impressing patron, Matt Finn.
Works from staff and graduates from the college in Hartlepool will be featured during the month-long festival which showcases award-winning photographers from around the world.
During a visit to the BA Photography department at CCAD’s university-level campus, HIP Patron Matt Finn was so impressed with the quality and creativity that he decided to use the opportunity to showcase a selection of CCAD’s works. Titled ‘Coming Home’, the exhibition highlights the talents of 13 photographers whose practise resonates around ideas of home, lifestyle, family, friends and environment.
Matt Finn patron of the festival said, “I visited CCAD last year to do an artist talk about my own work and ideas on photography and do some portfolio reviews with a group of final year degree photography students. The photography area was flourishing from excellent staff, not just photography, but Fine Art and other programmes too.
“The students were very articulate in asking questions at the talk, the quality of the work on show by the final year students was excellent, and you got a sense that something special was happening.”
“For the exhibition, BA Photography programme leader Jamie MacDonald and I selected a range of images to promote the great work by the emerging artists on a bigger platform. The work deals with notions of locality and home, so the work chosen represents the ideas what we as curators wanted to get across. It’s great that we could highlight such strong local talent to a wider audience. As a young emerging artist trying to get exposure it is really difficult, so we saw this as a wonderful opportunity to get the work out there. I think that the work will create a great response as it is strong.
24-year-old Jess Holloway from Billingham in Stockton-on-Tees graduated from CCAD in 2014 with a first class honours degree in Photography. Her project, “Southbank”, which she has been working on since graduation, features the reality of life in the local community in Middlesbrough, with portraits of the residents which capture the personalities, lifestyle and history of the industrial town.
Jess, whose work has already featured in exhibitions in the north east and London, Trip Magazine and Documenting Britain, said: “When I came across Southbank, I knew that it would make a strong yet gritty impression of Britain. It was different to other council estates, it had certain atmosphere which intrigued me, that’s when I began to approach and ask people if I could photograph them.
“I wanted to dig deep and this was when I began shooting in Southbank nearly every day. I was unexpectedly welcomed into this strongly tied community; people were fascinated to ask questions about my project
“When Jamie asked me if I would like to show my work I was excited to be involved as I’ve been working to gain more exposure on my project and help build on my creative profile. I can’t wait to see it in the space and hear people’s response to the work.”
Jamie MacDonald, BA Photography Programme Leader at CCAD, said: “Matt’s successful lecture and workshops with CCAD followed his success on winning the “Jerwood Prize” in 2015. As a patron of the festival he was invited to curate an exhibition from a selection of institutions and was so impressed with the quality of work here at CCAD that he decided to work exclusively with me and design a group collection from staff, students and alumni based on his concept of “Coming Home”, as his work deals with photographing aspects of the home.
“It is a fantastic event to be involved in, as both Matt and I share a passion for a specific type of documentary photography. It is also an incredible complement that someone with Matts’ emerging profile recognises the significance and the high quality of work that we produce at CCAD with the students.
“The majority of the work by staff and students is made here in the north east region and forms a perfect link to our new Creative Photographic Practice degree, for those interested in making documentary photos and films. The exhibition is an integral part of helping to establish a photographer’s career and the programme at CCAD is designed to turn opportunities into creative practice. Hull International Photography Festival 2016 is yet another example of making this happen.”