LOOK/17 holds a week of events at Tate Exchange

LOOK/17 holds a week of events at Tate Exchange

LOOK/17 holds a series of events at Tate Exchange in the final week of the festival, 8 -14 May, exploring urbanism and photography, cultural exchange with China and how photography can represent contemporary life. The events include an artist talk by photographer John Davies, free portfolio reviews for photographers and an exploration of how to show art exhibitions in China.

Mon 8 May 2.00 – 3.30pm
Beyond The Camera: Exploring Models for Exchange Exhibitions In China
Tate Exchange at Tate Liverpool
Free | Limited Seating | Book tickets via Tate Liverpool

In 2014, Sian Bonnell selected and curated a series of exhibitions showcasing UK graduate photography at Pingyao International Photography Festival. This talk looks at setting up a Higher Education discussion group to share and explore methods and models of exchange programmes from taking work to China to developing routes for showing work from China in the UK.

Tuesday 9 May 11.00am – 3.00pm
Portfolio Reviews – Urbanism and China
Tate Exchange, Tate Liverpool
Free | Limited Slots | Book tickets via Tate Liverpool

Get informal advice on your work, the session provides photographers and artists with the opportunity to talk about their work around Urbanism. Portfolios will be reviewed by Adam Lee; a freelance photographer and photographic workshop facilitator based in Liverpool and Ying Tan, Curator at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), where she is in charge of the annual programme of exhibitions, the public programme, and national, international touring shows.


Available as 15 minute slots via Tate Exchange Tate Liverpool website

Thursday 11 May
The Ethical Document: Transmutable Voices, new aesthetics of citizenship
Tate Exchange, Tate Liverpool
Free | Limited Slots | Book tickets via Tate Liverpool

Join Jennifer Verson, Manuel Vason and Tara Fatehi Irani of the DARC collective for talks and presentations on the practices, aesthetics and ethics of co-creating performance documentation, performance photography and photo performances.

Last summer Manuel Vason was in residence with the multi-faith women’s group and choir Migrant Artists Mutual Aid (MaMa) and the transmutable voices team: performer/director Jennifer Verson, artist/psychotherapist Lorena Rivero de Beer and and social psychologist Pamella Mastrilli and co-created a series of photo performances exploring new aesthetics of citizenship.

Manuel Vason returns to Liverpool on May 11th with Tara Fatehi Irani to discuss the theories, processes and challenges of creating the ethical document.

DARC are a collective of artists who believe that the documentation of other artists work is not just preservation but a creative act.

This event is programmed by Open Eye Gallery in association with LOOK/17 and is part of the week long event LOOK/17: UK/China Cultural Exchange II.

Fri 12 May 2 – 3.30pm
An Era Without Memories: Chinese Contemporary Photography on Urban Transformation
Tate Exchange, Tate Liverpool
Free Event | Limited Seating | Book tickets via Tate Liverpool

Jiang Jiehong is Professor of Chinese Art, Birmingham City University and is currently establishing a new postgraduate course, MA Contemporary Arts China (September 2017). His well-known book, An Era Without Memories: Chinese Contemporary Photography on Urban Transformation, published by Thames and Hudson in 2015, will be the basis for the talk on the impact of urbanisation on contemporary art practice in China and the need for a curation course on contemporary Chinese art.

The new course aims to foster innovative perspectives and new understandings of Chinese contemporary arts, design and visual culture through interdisciplinary practices, transcultural research and first-hand professional development experiences with more than 15 partnerships of art museums in the UK, China and internationally.

Jiehong has curated major exhibitions in China and the UK including the Guangzhou Triennial: the Unseen (2012), the Asia Triennial Manchester: Harmonious Society (2014) and more recently in 2016, the Shadow Never Lies in Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum and the Distant Unknown: Contemporary Art from Britain at OCAT Shanghai.

Sat 13 May 10.00am – 5.00pm
Commissioning for Change Lab with Redeye
Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum
£15.00 / £10.00 / £12.50 | Book tickets via Redeye Manchester

In partnership with LOOK/17 Festival, Redeye presents a daylong event on improving the commissioning process and building better relationships between commissioners and photographers.

Fridays Fri 7 April – Fri 12 May 11.00am–12.00; 12:30–1:30pm; 2.00-3.00pm
Photographers Tour: Edward Chambre Hardman
Hardmans’ House
Adult £7.20 / Child £3.20 / Family £18 | Tours free to National Trust Members

NEW Photographers Tour is available on Fridays during LOOK/17 for groups of up to 6. One hour long specialist talk and tour of Edward Chambré Hardman photography, equipment and techniques. Entrance is at the visitor reception located at the back of the house on Pilgrim Street.

Sunday 14 May 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Shaping the City – Artist Talk by John Davies
Tate Exchange, Tate Liverpool
Free Event | Limited Seating | Book tickets via Tate Liverpool

John Davies will present photographs which focus on our evolving urban landscapes – with images made from high vantage positions revealing changes in the fabric, infrastructure and history of our evolving cities. John will focus on a selection of his black & white and colour documentary cityscapes, from work made since the 1980’s to the present day – with opportunities to ask questions during the talk.