North East Photography Network -

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The North East Photography Network is based at the University of Sunderland and offers a range of activities and opportunities for people based in the North East and involved with critically engaged photography. The network runs a web site (, there are a series of free talks currently being given at the Mining Institute in Newcastle, a symposium and portfolio weekend in March 2010 and a photographic commission, which is being co-hosted by Locus +.

NEPN is co-funded by University of Sunderland and Arts Council of England, North East.

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Screen shot from March 2010

The visiting speakers have included -

Simon Norfolk
Rosy Martin
John Davies
Helen Sear
Peter Kennard & Cat Phillipps
Paul Seawright
Jem Southam
Sarah Pickering
Susanna Brown - V&A
Camilla Brown - Photographers Gallery
Malcolm Dickson - Streetlevel
Greg Hobson - National Media Museum
Marc Prust - curator, Paris
Lauren Heinz - Photo8 magazine
Patrick Henry - Open Eye
Alessandro Vincentelli - Baltic
Alistair Robinson - NGCA

The Network provides opportunities for events and discussion about and around photography, for those people in the region who are interested in critically engaged contemporary practice.



International Photography Research Network

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The IPRN is a series of partners from across Europe, interested in Photographic practice and creating opportunities for international dialogue and commissioning of photographers. A number of projects have been developed through IPRN in the UK and elsewhere.

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IPRN conference and exhibition leaflet 2006.

Changing Faces, an EU funded 3 year project, brought together 5 partners -

The University of Sunderland,

the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland,

Dom Fotografie in Slovakia,

Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany

Paradox in the Netherlands.

Together the partners developed 18 major photographic commissions, involving photographers from Finland, Uk, Slovakia, Netherlands and Germany as well as - France, Italy, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Spain, Iceland, Brazil, South Africa and Russia. There were also 3 international conferences, in Sunderland, Jyvaskyla and Slovakia, and a large number of exhibitions and books published of the work produced.

Rob Horntra Iceland

Rob Hormstra, commissioned to work in Iceland, from the series Roots of the Runtur 2005.

Bringing together like-minded institutions and organisations from across Europe and further, the IPRN has supported the production of a wide-range of work, and provided opportunities to work in areas new and challenging to them. This work has been widely exhibited and published, developing a broader dialogue, reaching out into different communities.

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Work Book 3Slovaka exchangeWork Book 3Research Book

Renja's bookRoots of Sunturor so it seemedJatulintha

Book covers from over 20 publications published through University of Sunderland Photography Department

A series of 7 books form the Work series, which bring together the new photographic work and a number of papers written and delivered as part of the major photography conferences.


Locus + Archive

The Locus+ Archive at the University of Sunderland is the largest archive of time-based work in the UK.

Locus+ is a visual arts commissioning agency that works with artists on the production and presentation of socially engaged, collaborative and temporary projects, primarily for non-gallery locations. In each project place or context is integral to the meaning of the artwork. To date we have completed over 50 projects touring to a further 25 other venues, produced over 20 publications and 9 artists multiples.

The Locus+ Archive (incorporating material from the Basement Group and Projects UK) forms a comprehensive historical overview of time-based work from the 1970s to the present, covering artists' projects from a variety of British and international contexts.

Documenting individual and festival events and work ranging from performance art to sculpture, conceptual work to site-specific installation, the Locus+ Archive is an invaluable resource for arts organisations, museums, critics, lecturers, students and artists.

Consisting of approximately 16,000 photographic images, and over 300 hours of raw and edited video material, the Locus+ Archive is one of Europe's largest repositories of documentation of time-based work.