LIoP Workshop: Experimenting with Polaroids
Jun
30
10:30 AM10:30

LIoP Workshop: Experimenting with Polaroids

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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 DaveyKaren Mc QuaidHarry BordenDiane 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)

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Rhiannon Adam & Jon Tonks - In conversation
Jun
2
2:00 PM14:00

Rhiannon Adam & Jon Tonks - In conversation

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

Tickets: £8, available here. 

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Polaroid Photography: A Hacker's Guide (FULL DAY)
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Polaroid Photography: A Hacker's Guide (FULL DAY)

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.
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Location: Francesca Maffeo Gallery, Leigh-on-Sea. 

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Peckham 24 Festival
May
18
to May 20

Peckham 24 Festival

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!

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The Assignment | Creative Photography Masterclass
Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

The Assignment | Creative Photography Masterclass

Overhaul - Assignment. Photographic Masterclass

With photographers;

Rhiannon Adam
Natasha Caruana
Laura Pannack

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

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Big Fence / Pitcairn Island: Private View
Apr
20
to Jun 9

Big Fence / Pitcairn Island: Private View

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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. 

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Barbican Art Box Publication Launch
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Barbican Art Box Publication Launch

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.  

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Contemporary Practice Talk @ UCLAN
Mar
7
11:00 AM11:00

Contemporary Practice Talk @ UCLAN

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. 
 

 

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Polaroid Workshop: Emulsion Lift @ The Photographers' Gallery
Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

Polaroid Workshop: Emulsion Lift @ The Photographers' Gallery

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

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The Social: Getting the most from your Polaroid camera @ The Photographers' Gallery
Jan
11
6:30 PM18:30

The Social: Getting the most from your Polaroid camera @ The Photographers' Gallery

Join us for this regular bar night for photographers with tips focusing on a theme and encouraged networking.

Tonight's session focusses on how to the most from your Polaroid camera with Rhiannon Adam and Heinz Boesch.

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.

Heinz Boesch is a photographer and Chef des Affaires UK of Polaroid Originals™.

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Polaroid The Missing Manual Book Presentation @ The Photographers' Gallery
Dec
14
6:30 PM18:30

Polaroid The Missing Manual Book Presentation @ The Photographers' Gallery

Book Launch @ The Photographers' Gallery Bookshop

Please join us for an evening with the artist Rhiannon Adam, who will be presenting her publication Polaroid: The Missing Manual, published by Thames & Hudson.

The Polaroid Originals UK team will also be in our Bookshop, inviting guests to have their Polaroid portrait taken.

Polaroid: The Missing Manual is a highly accessible and intuitive book, offering a complete overview of the tools and methods of instant photography.

More information here.

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Polaroid Workshop & Book Launch @ Francesca Maffeo Gallery
Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

Polaroid Workshop & Book Launch @ Francesca Maffeo Gallery

I'm delighted to announce that I'll be joining Francesca Maffeo Gallery's artist roster. To celebrate, we'll be running a short workshop and book launch on Saturday the 2nd of December. 

Here's the blurb:

Francesca Maffeo Gallery is pleased to announce Rhiannon Adam as a new gallery artist.  To mark the occasion we are pleased to welcome her to the gallery for a book launch and polaroid workshop.

Rhiannon Adam, author of 'Polaroid: The Missing Manual' (Thames and Hudson, 2017) will lead an afternoon of Polaroid manipulation to coincide with a book launch event at Francesca Maffeo Gallery. 

The workshop will take all participants through the basics of Polaroid cameras and films, from vintage cameras of the 60s and 70s through to the most modern analogue/digital hybrids, before moving on to demonstrate some of the myriad possibilities of creative manipulation.

Attendees will have the opportunity to dismantle the Polaroid film sheet to create a one-off piece of art and will leave with the knowledge and confidence to take their experiments further. Equally suitable for the novice or experienced Polaroid aficionado.

All materials will be provided and participants will not need to bring along anything other than themselves!

Ticket holders will also be able to purchase signed copies of 'Polaroid: The Missing Manual' at a discounted price of £14.95 (RRP £19.95)

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Teachers' Session: Emulsion Lift @ The Photographers' Gallery
Nov
14
5:30 PM17:30

Teachers' Session: Emulsion Lift @ The Photographers' Gallery

Primary and secondary level teachers and trainee teachers are invited to join photographer Rhiannon Adam for this hands-on workshop looking at the Wim Wenders exhibition and contributing to a collaborative photo-collage by adding images ‘lifted’ from Polaroid photographs.

Free, booking essential

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Royal Academy Lates: Manhattan Studio Party
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Royal Academy Lates: Manhattan Studio Party

Experience the underground New York arts scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s. 

It’s Saturday night in Manhattan and you’ll dart between artist studio parties, film screenings, workshops, disco DJs and avant-garde art rock, Happenings, secret bars, a John Cage inspired jam session, performance art and much more … 

We take inspiration from Jasper Johns’ collaborations with key figures in the New York art scene from Andy Warhol, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg and Bruce Nauman.

The VIP area sees the recreation of an Andy Warhol inspired polaroid photography session by photographer and writer Rhiannon Adam, author of Polaroid: The Missing Manual

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Too Young For What?  Celebrate the creativity of Jean-Michel Basquiat @ Barbican
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Too Young For What? Celebrate the creativity of Jean-Michel Basquiat @ Barbican

Too Young For What? is a free day of art and activities - an explosion of creativity across the Barbican Centre - stretching from the lo-fi to the high-tech, inspired by Barbican Art Gallery exhibition Basquiat: Boom For Real (21 Sep 2017 — 28 Jan 2018), the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960­1988).

Visitors can explore different forms of contemporary creation including poetry, zine-making, glitch art, performance and film. The day includes insightful talks and newly commissioned responses to Basquiat’s work by cutting edge artists, art hacks, workshops, debates and installations – all driven by Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning’s work with young artists and collectives from east London.

Polaroid artist and author of Polaroid: The Missing Manual, Rhiannon Adam will create a growing Polaroid installation in the Barbican foyer; capturing the day and deconstructing Polaroid film as material culture

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MIGRATE Book Launch & Exhibition
Aug
29
to Sep 2

MIGRATE Book Launch & Exhibition

I'm delighted to be a part of the Migrate book and exhibition, in support of UNICEF'S Children of Syria Emergency Appeal. 

The book and show contains never-before seen work, exploring ideas surrounding the global migration crisis. My work sits alongside that of seven other international photographers, including Jack Harries, Alice Aedy, Cyrus Mahboubian and Tom Skipp. 

The detail:

MIGRATE was founded in the hope of engaging fellow Londoners to have a conversation about the ongoing refugee crisis; the only rule was that the participating photographers had to use instant analogue film, which was donated by manufacturers The Impossible Project (now called Polaroid Originals). Unlike digital images, “polaroids” are physical and develop in the moment, which makes the photographer’s interaction with the subject more personal, while their small scale requires viewers to stand close and engage with the content.

The exhibition will make its first appearance at Omeara, London Bridge from 29 August to 2 September 2017, before touring. 

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Instant Nights - talk with the Impossible Project
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Instant Nights - talk with the Impossible Project

On October 21st, I'm giving a talk on the history and development of Instant Photography at The Impossible Project's Instant Nights series at Lights of Soho, 35 Brewer St, London W1F. 

Join me for a personal walk through the history of instant photography from 1947 through to the present day, illustrated with anecdotes and imagery from my own journey with instant film. 

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Miniclick takeover @ The Photographers' Gallery. Geoclick talk with Rhiannon Adam and Amak Mahmoodian
Jun
19
4:00 PM16:00

Miniclick takeover @ The Photographers' Gallery. Geoclick talk with Rhiannon Adam and Amak Mahmoodian

For one long weekend this June, from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th, Miniclick are taking over the Eranda Studio at The Photographers’ Gallery, turning the space into a secondary school of photography. The faculty at The School of Miniclick will present their curriculum – a series of talks, workshops, fun and games from a wide range of guest teachers, including David Fathi, Lumine’s Lab, Amak Mahmoodian, Rhiannon Adam, Kevin Meredith and many more.

You can read all about it here.

Our Geography Department have been working on a couple of events. The first is a growing photo map of London called GeoClick that we’ll be creating over the course of the weekend at The Photographer’s Gallery and we need YOUR work for, and the second is our Field Trip: talks from two photographers whose work focuses on travel and journeys with Amak Mahmoodian and Rhiannon Adam. You can read more about Geoclick at this link.

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BBC Radio 4 Broadcast - Three Months on Pitcairn
Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

BBC Radio 4 Broadcast - Three Months on Pitcairn

I'm delighted to announce that my Radio 4 programme for the Journey of a Lifetime Award will be broadcast at 11:00 on the 21st of October. It will also be available to listen to on iPlayer here. Without further ado - here's the blurb:

Each year, the Royal Geographical Society organises, in association with BBC Radio 4, a contest to discover the most imaginative and exciting dream travel project. Rhiannon Adam is this year's winner and her goal was to visit one of the world's smallest countries, Pitcairn Island. 

Rhiannon grew up on sailing boat in the Atlantic reading romantic stories about The Mutiny of the Bounty and Pitcairn Island as final resting place for the renegade mutineers. She wondered about this far flung piece of the former British Empire and, as a wandering Brit, whether she might have something in common with the descendants of the mutineers. 

The tiny, remote British territory of Pitcairn lies in the Pacific between Chile and and New Zealand. It is home to about fifty people and its remoteness has raised questions about its future as it needs to attract more settlers in order to survive. The romantic image of the island was challenged a decade ago when a number of men on the island were imprisoned for sexual abuse of young girls. 

In this very personal account, photographer Rhiannon Adam explores the romance and reality of Pitcairn Island on her 'Journey of a Lifetime'.

Producer Neil McCarthy.
 

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BBC Radio 4 Midweek with Libby Purves
Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

BBC Radio 4 Midweek with Libby Purves

Rather nervewrackingly, I'll be a guest on Radio 4 Midweek, discussing my stay on Pitcairn Island. My fellow guests are Dermot Turing, Gulwali Passarlay, and Dawn Rose. If you miss the broadcast, you can listen again on iPlayer here

Dawn Rose started out as a session drummer with bands including 90s group Right Said Fred before becoming a psychologist and music therapist. She is performing in The Happiness Project at the Roundhouse which was devised by a company of young artists, scientists and academics to explore our understanding of happiness and well-being. Dawn will perform a drum duet with one of the teenagers during the performance. The Happiness Project is at the Roundhouse, London.

At 12 Gulwali Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan by his mother to escape the conflict that claimed his father's life. After a harrowing journey across eight countries he arrived in the UK a year later. Now 21, he is in his third year studying politics at the University of Manchester and works with aid organisations and youth groups. His ambition is to return to Afghanistan and become its president in 2035. The Lightless Sky - An Afghan Refugee Boy's Journey is published by Atlantic Books.

Sir Dermot Turing is the nephew of the mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing. The author of a new biography of his uncle, Dermot brings his personal insights, drawn from family sources and Alan's own notebook and diaries. The book explores the impact of Alan's codebreaking work at Bletchley Park and the tragedy of his early death in the wake of his conviction for gross indecency in 1952. Along the way Dermot presents a portrait of Alan the man - his friendships, his loyalty and his extraordinary achievements. Prof - Alan Turing Uncoded by Dermot Turing is published by the History Press.

Rhiannon Adam is a photographer and the winner of the Royal Geographical Society's Journey of a Lifetime contest. The contest, established in association with BBC Radio 4, offers individuals the chance to make an exciting and imaginative journey and present it in a radio documentary. Rhiannon, who grew up on a sailing boat in the Atlantic reading romantic stories about The Mutiny on the Bounty, chose to explore the romance and reality of Pitcairn Island. Journey of a Lifetime is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

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Polaroid Course @ Double Negative Darkroom
Nov
23
10:30 AM10:30

Polaroid Course @ Double Negative Darkroom

I'll be back at Double Negative Darkroom, E5 for another incarnation of my popular Polaroid Course! 

As per last time, the course will be a masterclass in Polaroid manipulation and creative techniques. To begin with, we’ll cover the types of Polaroid camera and films available – advantages and disadvantages of each and what to look for when buying your own.

We’ll then through the basic camera functions and physical attributes of the cameras that are open to manipulation, pitfalls, and tips.

To kick off the day, we’ll all be going on a short Polaroid walk in the local area, gathering material to work with later on.

The course will cover:

Polaroid emulsion lifts with Polaroid and Impossible Project film
Image transfers
Transparencies with Impossible Project film
Light Painting with Polaroid cameras
Multiple Exposures with Polaroid and Impossible Project images
Cartridge manipulations
Physical image manipulation with Impossible Project film

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Polaroid Photography Workshop @ Curious Projects, Eastbourne
Sep
6
10:15 AM10:15

Polaroid Photography Workshop @ Curious Projects, Eastbourne

For all of you Sussex coast types, I have a day long workshop at Curious Project in Eastbourne coming up. Join me for a day of Polaroids and walks by the sea. Here's the blurb:

The workshop will cover a number of techniques, focusing particularly on 'emulsion lifting', a process that works with most old Polaroid film, and the new Impossible Project film. The basic principle is that the layers of the developed photograph are separated and the picture layer can be floated off and 'lifted' onto a new surface. With this technique you can create unique and unusual pieces of work (see right and below for examples).

The day will include a a lesson on optimal camera operation and a photo walk around Eastbourne’s seafront. Worksheets for each activity will be provided, as well as film, cameras, and other materials required for each creative technique.

Rhiannon has a wealth of experience using different cameras, films and techniques; she will be on hand to answer any questions during the workshop and be happy to offer ongoing support and advice long after it has finished.

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Adventures in Polaroid @ Double Negative Darkroom, E5
Aug
31
10:30 AM10:30

Adventures in Polaroid @ Double Negative Darkroom, E5

The course will be a masterclass in Polaroid manipulation and creative techniques. To begin with, we’ll cover the types of Polaroid camera and films available – advantages and disadvantages of each and what to look for when buying your own.

We’ll then through the basic camera functions and physical attributes of the cameras that are open to manipulation, pitfalls, and tips.

To kick off the day, we’ll all be going on a short Polaroid walk in the local area, gathering material to work with later on.

The course will cover:

Polaroid emulsion lifts with Polaroid and Impossible Project film
Image transfers
Transparencies with Impossible Project film
Light Painting with Polaroid cameras
Multiple Exposures with Polaroid and Impossible Project images
Cartridge manipulations
Physical image manipulation with Impossible Project film

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Rhiannon Adam @ Yeradessa Meanwhile Space
Mar
17
12:00 PM12:00

Rhiannon Adam @ Yeradessa Meanwhile Space


Join me in Stoke Newington for an emulsion lifting workshop on Sunday the 17th of March. Read the blurb below and buy your tickets here!

Join renowned Polaroid artist Rhiannon Adam as she talks you through the simple chemical processing that allows you to manipulate your instant images onto a new medium.

Emulsion Lifting is a process particular to certain types of old Polaroid film, and the new Impossible Project films. The basic principal is that the layers of the developed photograph are separated, and with the help of water and deft fingers, the picture layer can be floated off and “lifted” onto a new surface. This creates a unique artwork, crossing the boundaries between fine art and photography, and opening up new avenues for creative alchemy!

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