Primary and secondary level teachers and trainee teachers are invited to join exhibiting photographer Rhiannon Adam for this hands-on session exploring the myriad ways in which archives can be incorporated into project development and inform creative practice.
Big Fence / Pitcairn Island will be shown as a screen projection mixing archive footage, audio, and my images in a new project “summary” created for Arles. It will first show during opening week, and will then be screened until September at Crosiere. “Opening week’s unmissable festive event offers a photographic stroll to see some 40 proposals projected in loops on three big screens and two installations: the festival’s favorite artists and photographers, carte blanche to institutions.”
I’m super excited to announce that I have been selected as one of The Photographers’ Gallery’s inaugural New Talent awardees. The prize awards 8 UK based photographers, selected from an open submission process, initially by TPG’s curatorial team, and finally by the esteemed US artist Jim Goldberg.
I will be showing work at The Photographers’ Gallery between the 14 June - 6 October 2019.alongside the other selected artists, Chiara Avagliano, Alberto Feijóo, Adama Jalloh, Seungwon Jung, Alice Myers, Giovanna Petrocchi and Miguel Procença.
We will each also be mentored by an industry professional for the next year, with our mentors TBC.
Read more about it here.
I’m delighted to announce that one of my portraits from my The Rift / Fractured Stories project documenting the anti fracking movement in the UK has been awarded a Juror’s Pick distinction at the annual Lensculture Portrait Awards, as selected by Lensculture editor Jim Casper. It will be exhibited as part of the Beyond Boundaries Lensculture show at the Aperture Foundation, NYC (see detail below),
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 25th 6:00pm - 8:30pm
I’m delighted to be leading two workshops over two days for the RPS Visual Arts Group’s AGM in Windsor this April. I’ll be leading a photo walk on each of the two days, discussing approaches to portrait photography and street interactions, as well as strategies for planning long-term projects, with a talk about my practice and approach on the Saturday evening.
To book you must go through the RPS:
I’ll be speaking at Canterbury Christ Church University about my experiences of being a photographer, and specifically what motivates me to do the work I do, particularly as a queer female. Both BA and MA are welcome to attend!
Join me for this hands-on day course by the seaside to explore the variety of ways in which the unique chemistry of the Polaroid photograph can be manipulated to become a unique piece of art. The space is within very easy reach of London by train, from Fenchurch St to Chalkwell (in fact, that’s where I’m coming from).
Following a successful run at the National Portrait Gallery, the University of Hull is delighted to be the first gallery to show the annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition, one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world. The exhibition showcases new work that has been submitted by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers and will be on display at the Brynmor Jones Library from Friday 8 February until Saturday 2 June and is open daily 10am to 5pm (and until 7pm on Tuesdays). “
If you didn’t catch the show in London, enjoy the free entry in Hull. You might even find one of my portraits in it.
I’m delighted to be giving an afternoon lecture with my friend and collaborator Laura Pannack for current UEL students. We’ll be talking about our varying experiences of the industry as individual lectures, and will host a join talk on the nature of our collaboration, followed by a Q&A.
If you’re a current UEL student, we’d love to see you!
To mark 100 years since some women achieved the right to vote, parliament is taken over by 209 new photographic portraits of all female MPs, shot exclusively by 209 female photographers. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
I photographed MP for Witham Priti Patel on my trusty Hasselblad in her constituency, and this portrait will be on show alongside many other brilliant pictures. The full list of photographers in available here: https://www.209women.co.uk/photographers
Tickets for the show are available here: https://www.parliament.uk/about/art-in-parliament/news/2018/november/209-women/
I’m delighted to be taking part in LANG’s FIX Photo Festival this year curated by none other than one of my favourite people, Laura Noble. Ill be showing a selection of my Pitcairn work - the festival runs between Weds the 28th and Saturday the 1st December and I hope to see some of you there!
As part of the V&A Photography Spotlight, I’m running a 4 week course over 4 Fridays in November, dealing with all the experimental methods I can cook up!
I’m delighted to be taking part in this year’s Review Santa Fe (New Mexico, USA). Review Santa Fe is a juried portfolio review weekend, and I’m delighted to be one of the 100 visiting photographers from around the globe. Do come and say hi if you’re attending! I’ll be there from Thursday the 18th, till Saturday the 20th of October.
More information here: https://visitcenter.org
I’m delighted to be included in this year’s National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, which will open in October 2018, and runs until January 2019 (before touring). My portrait of my grandmother is one of 57 images included in the exhibition, from a total of 4,462 entries!
Portrait of Britain Launch
I'm delighted to announce that I'm a winner in this year's Portrait of Britain. My Image has been popping up on JCDecaux screens nationwide since September 1st, alongside those of the other 99 winners, on bus stops, high streets and in train stations, as part of the biggest exhibition of contemporary portraiture ever held.
There is also a book of the 100 winners and another 100 shortlisted entries, published by Hoxton Minipress.
If you see my image on screens, do snap a photo - I'd love to see!
Come and celebrate between 6-10pm on the 6th of September at BJP.
Based locally in the culturally and visually rich area of Whitechapel, participants will have the opportunity to explore making portraits in a dynamic and challenging environment - engaging with passers by. We will question and discuss how and why we make the pictures we do and how important the development of a relationship with a stranger is.
In this hands-on day session we will explore some of the many ways in which the unique chemistry of the Polaroid photograph can be manipulated to become a unique piece of art, as well as taking you through a crash course in instant photography.
I'm delighted to be collaborating with the London Institute of Photography on this workshop to coincide with their LIoP show next to Truman Brewery. Other events include talks and portfolio review sessions with Siân Davey, Karen Mc Quaid, Harry Borden, Diane Smyth, and others.
I'll be teaching a session between 10:30 - 3:30 on Saturday the 30th, and there's a maximum of 8 students, so quite an intimate group! I'll be showing a variety of manipulation methods and technology, and all participants will leave with something that they have created. No experience necessary, but experienced users are always welcome!
Read more, and book here! (Tickets £100)
Between Jon Tonks and I, we have covered all of the far flung remote islands in the list of British Overseas Territories. Jon Tonks brought out the wonderful book Empire (published by Dewi Lewis) which covered British islands in the South Atlantic, while I travelled to Pitcairn to create Big Fence / Pitcairn Island, currently on show at Francesca Maffeo Gallery until June 9th.
This is the perfect opportunity to see the exhibition if you haven't already!
Location: Francesca Maffeo Gallery, Leigh-on-Sea
Rhiannon Adam leads this hands-on day session that explores some of the ways in which the unique chemistry of the Polaroid photograph can be manipulated to become a unique piece of art.
In addition, participants will also gain a technical insight into the various incarnations of the instant camera and the evolving film chemistry, from the emergence of peel-apart cameras in the 1960s to the SX-70 cameras of the 70s, right through to recent analogue/digital hybrid cameras.
This knowledge will enable you to leave the workshop fully equipped to select the camera that works best for you, and to feel confident in attempting a range of creative manipulation methods.
£95, inclusive of materials.
Location: Francesca Maffeo Gallery, Leigh-on-Sea.
I'm delighted to announce that I'll be exhibiting a collaborative project with Laura Pannack, alongside the work of Natasha Caruana at Safehouse 1, as part of Peckham 24 2018. All of the work is new and unseen, and draws inspiration from the Peckham Experiment (1926-1950). We will also be hosting a projection room, showcasing work created by attendees of our Assignment Masterclass.
Pannack and Adam will be using experimental analogue processes to assess how we diagnose health. Working with human samples the work will playfully show how unpredictable results often contribute to self discovery. The work will explore the inside and the unseen aspects of human beings.
Come down on Friday the 18th of May for the private view!
Overhaul - Assignment. Photographic Masterclass
Assignment is a creative photography masterclass examining, supporting and improving your career. The one-off day is being run in conjunction with the exhibition Overhaul, which is showing at Peckham 24 - Contemporary Photography Festival.
The exhibition explores the collision of collaboration, science, and research led enquiries drawing from The Peckham Experiment which took place between 1926-1950. The pioneering initiative was set up to study rising concerns over health and well being.
Assignment is an intimate workshop formed of just 15 participants. It will consist of specialist sessions, tailored advice and a practical group exercise. Work made during the practical session will be included in the collaboration section of the Overhaul exhibition. Participants will be invited to the private view Friday 18th May. In addition to the masterclass attendees will receive a one-to-one follow up session to discuss the progress made and challenges ahead.
Masterclass location: Peckham Rye, SE15
Booking details: Total cost £200. Book on Eventbrite.
Francesca Maffeo Gallery is pleased to present ‘Big Fence / Pitcairn Island ’ by Rhiannon Adam, the first exhibition from our ‘Season of Women Photographers’.
Adam’s journey and documentation of her stay on the remote island of Pitcairn is a powerful and unsettling exploration of a ‘Paradise Lost’. ‘Big Fence / Pitcairn Island’ is the first in-depth photographic project to take place on the island.
In 2015, Adam travelled to the remote island community of Pitcairn, the last British overseas territory in the South Pacific. The island measures just two miles by one mile, today just one child and 42 islanders remain, descendants from the Mutiny on the Bounty. In 2004, the island’s romantic image was tarnished by a string of high profile sexual abuse trials; as a result, islanders are particularly reticent about accepting outsiders. With her trip duration dictated by the quarterly supply vessel, there would be no way off for three arduous months.
Expired Polaroid film is used to capture the fragility of the place - its instability echoing the scarred underbelly of the island, its dreamlike quality capturing the whimsy of the legend. Images of empty rooms, rock fissures, objects, audio snippets, relics and damaged found photographs of long departed islanders sit alongside formal portraits, intermingling to capture the spirit and struggle of this tiny island nation as it sits on the brink of implosion.
Please join us for a drink and a Bounty Bar from 6pm on April 20th. The exhibition runs until June 9th.
For the past 6 months I have been working as one of three lead artists on a project with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning and selected secondary schools. We have been exploring the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat using Polaroid Photography and the Barbican Art Box. The project culminated in the launch of a publication of a boxed set of zines (overseen by artist Holly Casio) bringing together all of the schools' work, and a mini exhibition in the Barbican's Cinema.
For those interested, the publication is available for purchase in the Barbican shop.
In this practical and theoretical workshop, you'll gain a technical overview of how to get the most out of Polaroid technology – from the cameras of the 70s through to the latest digital/analogue hybrids. Cameras are available for loan and film will be provided.
Book directly at the V&A.
This week I'll be heading to the University of Central Lancashire in Preston for to talk about my work to their photography students. I'll be in the building from 11am, kicking off the day with a short workshop, before giving a talk in room VB001, followed by Q&A. If you're a UCLAN student, head over to say hi.
To coincide with the exhibition Instant Stories. Wim Wenders' Polaroids, photographer Rhiannon Adam leads a practical workshop experimenting with the medium of the Polaroid. Using the emulsion lift process, a classic technique where the image is peeled apart from the film and transferred to another surface, join your images with others to create a group collage work.
Rhiannon Adam was born in Co. Cork, Ireland and lives and works in London. She studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London), and the University of Cambridge. Her work is primarily concerned with myth, nostalgia and the passage of time. In 2015, Adam spent 3 months on Pitcairn Island, creating a documentary photography project and Radio 4 programme. Her book, Polaroid: The Missing Manual, The Complete Creative Guide, is published by Thames and Hudson in Autumn 2017.
£120/£95 members & concessions
Book directly at The Photographers' Gallery