The Summer Exhibition is one of the highlights of the London art scene
An open competition which covers every 2d and 3d artform
The process involves a 3 stage judging process spread over several months, to say that my fingernails were bitten on the notification days would be an understatement.
I was ecstatic this year when on May 21st, I heard that both of my submissions would be hung in the exhibition, I was away on holiday at the time which is the same as 2 years ago when I was selected (last year I was at home and didnt get in) so will have to make sure im always away in May. It was my birthday as well which made the news even more special
Here are the prints that are being shown
This photo composite which in part takes its title from a Dj Shadow track [you tube] was taken in Tunisia at the actual film set prop used in Star Wars Episode IV.
These places were all found off the beaten track, no signposts or markings which would give away their locations and thankfully no giftshops to be seen at all. I had all the locations printed out on paper before I went there which helped a lot. Actually seeing these in real life is like every kids dreams and I was no different.
This image was taken in an abandoned theatre in Belgium, the cold and silent building was a stark contrast to how it would have been with music and dance filling the hall. The single row of chairs facing the fallen curtain enhances the sense of emptiness.
and some photos from the exhibition
The hanging position was great too, Curtain Call was quite high but it was above a really interesting piece where somebody had created a streetmap of london with just the street names
so it will hopefully still get seen
One of the reasons that Star Wars doesnt look like its dated is that they took traditional looking architecture and inspiration from the native surrounds of Tunisia and then added futuristic looking doors and computer panels to this
It was actually really interesting seeing these up close, what looked like randomly attached pipes and circuit boards but when you see it on the film, it really works giving the scenes an otherworldly futuristic but also old world feel to them
My Image ‘Dwelling’ was chosen for the 157th RPS international print exhibition from over 6,600 images that were submitted from photographers in 72 countries worldwide.
The annual RPS International Print Exhibition is now in its 157th year, and is the longest standing exhibition of its kind in the world, having been held almost every year since 1854. Anyone can enter and everyone has an equal chance of their work being selected.
31 July – 28 Aug. Berkeley Gallery, Greenwich Heritage Centre, London
6 Sept – 8 Nov. Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales
22 Nov – 10 Jan 2015. Banbury Museum & Art Gallery, near Oxford 2015
16 Jan – 15 Feb. Royal Albert Hall, London (Open days TBC)
14 March – 10 May. Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
4 – 30 Jun Waterfront Hall, Belfast (Belfast Photo Festival)
My Republic images are featured at the Vibe Gallery for 2 weeks starting from the 31st January (and ending on the 12th February)
The opening night was nice, there is some great artwork there and its well worth a look. The great thing about shows like this is that there is a big variety of styles from painting to jewellery to collage to photography
The Landscape Exhibition at Worchester Museum and Art Gallery is now open!
This is my photograph thats on display, the first from the fine art Republic series which im currently working on which will hopefully end with an exhibition sometime next year
printed on 300gms art rag, this gives the print a watercolour feel to it which for these images especially suits the subject