Lastly I just want to mention that this is only the end of one exhibition, hopefully there will be more next year and I will continue this blog to keep it updated with everything that is happening.
I am very pleased with how the exhibition turned out, hopefully this experience will give me a good idea of how to go about the next one!
Here is a screen shot of the video I filmed for the exhibition. This video was a brief outline of Ingrid's work and some advice to students who are starting out. We tried to direct it towards students, and I think it was beneficial to the exhibition as it gave other students an insight into the life of a working photographer. After I'd filmed the clips, I organised them and added photos into a folder, then Will Rudman put the clips together for the slideshow. We had some feedback that some people thought it was too long, so we changed it to be every other time around it would play. If we had more time and money, it could have been an idea to have several artist videos on a separate screen, or possibly a small touchscreen computer that people can select what videos they want to view. This would have allowed our videos to repeat separately on the large screen.
These images show the two different aspects of our exhibition, the cinema screen and the prints on the white space. The cinema screen added a new element to the standard exhibition space, making it much more interesting for the public to come and visit. I think this helped to attract people as it may have been something they haven't seen before. It also allowed people to come and sit down, when you are viewing lots of work it can get tiring walking around the exhibition, so this created a more comfortable environment for the visitors. The images looked great on the screen, we had our doubts as to whether they may be pixelated or blurry, but everyones photographs came out great. We had the introductory message to each person's work, helping the viewer understand a bit about the piece before viewing it, which we recorded earlier on. Overall I think the exhibition came across looking quite professional and all the photographers were available to talk to which is a benefit for the viewers, to be able to talk to us about our work.
After a short break after the exhibition to catch up on other work, I'm finally back to tell you how it went! Considering we had almost 100 people visit each day, and with all the work still intact after giving out several crates of free alcohol I'd say it was a success! We have also had a lot of great feedback in our guestbook which was very rewarding after all the hard work we've put into the exhibition.
Here are a few photos taken at the exhibition.
Physical work we had displayed (Books, Business Cards, Flyers)
Its day 2 of our exhibition! We had 81 people visit yesterday with lots of positive feedback in our guestbook. Hoping for a similar turn out today, see what happens! Ill post pictures up this evening with a video tour too!
We're heading off to the dockyards today to get set up for tomorrow! All the prints are mounted and boards will be set up, will also be testing the presentation to make sure thats all running smoothly..fingers crossed it all goes well!
We are having problems over the amount of board we are going to having for everybody and whether we are going to be able to get the boards there in the first place! Over the weekend I decided to get my own piece of board to present my prints at the exhibition. Instead of the tri-fold type of board I bought one huge 3ft x3ft piece that can sit on a table. I sprayed it white to give it a clean look and make my images stand out more.
I decided to contact the photographer Ingrid Weel, who is a fantastic portrait photographer that I have worked with before to gain a little work experience in the past. I thought Ingrid would be a great person to gain a perspective on a real life working photographer who works with corporate, wedding and personal portraiture photography and would be a real benefit to our exhibition. Ingrid glady said yes to helping us out with our exhibition and this evening I drove up to Cherstsey to film her in her own studio talking about the kind of photography she does. I asked her to speak about a variety of topics and gathered a lot of her photography to overlay on the exhibition when she is speaking about that work. I've also borrowed a few of her books to put out at the exhibition to look through and make it more tactile for the viewer.
We met for a meeting this morning at 10am, discussed a lot of issues the main ones being the boards and guest speakers. We are currently having a mixture of speakers and recordings of photographers talking about their work to be played on the cinema screen. We are considering just recording everybody so we don't interfere too much with the slideshow, our other problem is ensuring enough people turn up to make the guest speakers time worthwhile! For now we have compromised on only having one guest speaker per day to ensure its an important event during the day and people will hopefully gather around.
We have had no luck finding anymore large boards to pin work up on, an alternative is to have tables and a trifold board that will sit on top. This will also allow space for leaflets and other information to go on in front of the work.
After the meeting we went round handing out leaflets for a few hours, making sure we hit all the university buildings and all the pubs and arty shops along Albert Rd. Hopefully this will help spread the word with the exhibition only a week away!
Last week on Thurs 24th Nov Arriane and Johnny pitched our idea to a a board who judge whether we'll get the funding for our exhibition. We'll hear soon whether or not we are successful, fingers crossed!
Today we shot our short introduction clips for the exhibition. The plan here is to give the viewers a quick overview of each project, also introducing the artist who created the work which is important too. We have a wide variety of ideas and personalities, so I think its important to show the individual who created the work, to stop all the photography blurring into one. We had good fun filming this there are quite a few outtakes! These will be uploaded soon for you to enjoy!
Here's our set up:
As not everybody will want to be drinking the alcohol we are providing, we're also going to provide hot tea courtesy of Clipper Tea! This should cater for everybody and provide a nice atmosphere, we now just need to think about getting a large vat to keep the water hot..
Events: 25 November: View CCI students work at Effervescence VI at West Dean's Auditorium 26 November: 7.30 NTR University Orchestra & Big Band 29 November: 6-6.30 View Students' Photographs in St Mary's Hospital - rsvp to me 29 November: 7.30pm Steampunk Sandman Tickets �3 student �5 New Theatre Royal 30 November: Materials Event - Architecture/RIBA. Contact: Nicholas.firstname.lastname@example.org 1 December: 6pm Aspex after Hours November and December: Guildhall Square events December: 7.30pm Ensemble 360 - Intimate Letters. www.musicintheround.co.uk 7 December: 6pm Prof David Brown Inaugural Lecture - The Future of Intelligent Machines 8-9 December: 10.30am-4.30pm The Big Picture Level 2 Photography, No.6 Cinema 12pm PV 8-10 December: 1-6pm Artea Photography Level 2, Ultraviolet Gallery, Highland Road 9 December: 6-9pm Level 2 Photography 14M Squared at Bonzo, Albert Road
One thing I haven't mentioned is that we invited lots of schools to our exhibition and the other exhibitions that are going on over the same period. We thought that there may be some prospective students who may be interested in coming to the University of Portsmouth and seeing some of the tasks involved on the Photography course would be beneficial to them. This could draw a very large crowd to our exhibition which would also benefit the guest speakers as they will have more people to present to! Here is the letter we sent to various local schools:
You may have noticed that we have added Wagamama to our poster, we were fortunate enough to be sent £30 worth of vouchers for Wagamama's to use as we wish. Over a recent meeting, there were several ideas of how they could be used to draw more attention to the exhibition, such as a prize draw or raffle type thing. I came up with the idea to use them as an incentive for people to give feedback on our exhibition. If people write a message in our guestbook, or on our online feedback form, then they are put into a draw to win the vouchers. It will be important to get the information so I think this would be a good use of the vouchers.
We've decided collectively to go for 1000 flyers as a starting point. We can always order more so they will be all over Portsmouth in the weeks to come! We're also getting our poster printed so also look out for that!
Lauren has been in contact with the musician David Oliver, who has produced this piece for our exhibition. Its quite melancholic, but suits well as background music and would provide a good atmosphere for the exhibition. It will most likely just be playing in the cinema screen to compliment the slide show.
"I ve talked woth my friend from Film studies and she said she'll help us with the live feed and filming at the exhibition (she can be there from 11am) She said she can bring a professional video camera, microphone and tripod and she's looking into bringing another camera because we have two rooms and another student from film maybe to help her out. The only thing she said needs someone to help with transport to and from our location (a car) also,we need a laptop for thr live feed she wants to know exactly how we want to do that Oana"
Looks like our live feed is going to be possible! We have all the equipment and willing film students to film on the day!
We have finally all agreed on the exact leaflet design that has gone to print! We decided to stick with our crisp black and white design that Will Rudman created with a few improvements here and there, we've also added all the new information now we have confirmation from several people. All the necessary information is on there such as the date and time, location, the event info and a list of all our names to show who is exhibiting.
With a few minor tweaks this leaflet is ready to go to print! I think this leaflet is eye catching and displays all the information clearly and efficiently. The front side aiming to draw people in then all the information is on the reverse side. As the venue is situated in a difficult spot to find, we decided to include a simple map that will guide people to the exhibition. We've also got our logo up there that has been designed around the same theme, we went for a circular design as this helps it be distinguished from the rest of the leaflet and will look good on our website..
The photographer Fergus Heron came in to speak to us about his work during one of our lectures, we thought his talk would also benefit the people who come visit our exhibition too. His photography is maticulously arranged, thinking about every part of the image and he often works on a project for months. He relies on the weather to be overcast, to prevent any shadows or highlights to be created by the sun, which he claims allows the subject of the image to show its own shadows and highlights created by the subject matter and to bring out every last detail. He would often leave a shoot if there isn't a blanket of grey cloud in the sky. In my opinion this makes for a dull and mundane photograph, especially when the subject is the coastline or Charles Church Houses.
However I do like his photographs of motorways, the absence of life and stillness makes for quite a powerful image.
We decided to contact him to see if he was available to come and talk at our exhibition about his work and his approach to photography.
However we received this message:
Matt Migas and John Horgan filled out the application form for funding from the CCI department, as we need money for leaflets, venue, printing, display boards and lots of other things that are all adding up to be quite expensive! We've been having plenty of meetings and chipping in here and there for odd things, but the cost of hire for the main venue is around £370, plus the cost of leaflets and posters it is nearing £500, since the efforts to be sponsored by Fuji fell through we could really use some help!
We received this after sending off our application:
Thank you for the application to the above fund.
Please could you and/or a small team make a presentation to our selection panel on the 24th November 2011 at 15.15?
This will be in the meeting room on the 7th Floor Mercantile building.
Ideally this should be a brief 'pitch' of no more than 10 minutes and then there will be some discussion and question time. Overall it should last no more than 30 minutes.
There will be a PC/screen available if you would like to use digital visual aids.
The final panel is to be confirmed but I expect it will be four people.
Please could you confirm if this is possible.
We have the opportunity here to receive the funding we need, so we are going to gather our best speakers to attend the meeting and pitch our idea to the panel. There will be some time to produce a decent presentation that we will then be set with to pitch our idea, will update on how it goes Thursday!
We already have Paul Thurlow confirmed as a guest speaker on the day, we now have another speaker, Daniel Alexander. Daniel is a lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and is currently working on a project called 1 day 6 cities where he and lots of other photographers took images at every hour over the 24 hours on the 11/11/11. Follow the link to find out more about this project, or find more about Daniel as his website:
Daniel will be speaking on the day to give the exhibition a bit more of an interesting feature to attract more people to visit.
As we are also nearing the time of the exhibition, we made the decision in our group meeting to video record photographers and play this through the cinema screen rather than try to organise them to come in person. This will allow us to get many more photographers to be involved in the exhibition. We already have one planned to be recorded soon, Melanie Simmons is an experimental photographer who creates photograms and works with photomontage and is going to record a short piece to be played at the exhibition. Visit her website here:
We finally have our website up and running, with a few hitches but most of the information is on there! You can find out exactly what everybody's projects are about on there and links to their websites/blogs etc. We will also (hopefully) be having a live feed of the exhibition, which you'll be able to view over the 2 days.
We've managed to receive another £50 in sponsorship with "A&R Munson Opticians", in return we will be putting the logo onto our leaflets and posters. There are lots of things to pay for so even the smaller donations will be very helpful!
As this blog has been stagnating slightly over the last couple of weeks I've decided to get updated on everything! A lot has been going on with the exhibition only 2 weeks away so hopefully I'll be able to get all the information down tonight for you!
The third exhibition I visited on Friday 21st Oct was the Steve McCurry exhibition at the Chris Beetles Fine Photographs gallery. The photography was fantastic, I was inspired by the amazing saturation of colour McCurry uses that is eye catching and keeps you engaged with his work. You are drawn in by the amazing reproduction of colour he has achieved in his printing. The actual gallery space was the typical 'White Cube' space which worked well on this occasion, the photography itself was so stunning that it didn't need any other way to present it than being framed and hung on a white wall. If it was displayed any other way then it could have lessened the impact of each image and be distracting for the viewer. Most of the images were the same size (approximately a3) in a dark frame with about a 2in white border. I thought this was a very neat and tidy way of presenting the images and each image flowed on from one to the other easily making it pleasant to walk around the gallery.
Another exhibition I visited whilst up in London at the National Portrait Gallery was the Mick Jagger: Young In The 60s series. It included shots of the band and individual portraits of Mick Jagger. I found it interesting to see how his surroundings were influenced by psychedelia, and then how this has an effect on the way he dresses also. It felt like a real look into the lives of Jagger and the rest of the band, giving you an insight into how they were living while writing their music. It was only a small exhibition, the layout made it feel quite intimate which I think enhanced the experience. The architecture of the building reminded me of the room we initially wanted to use for our own exhibition, with exposed brickwork and arches, it showed that this could have been quite a successful way of presenting the work. The style of the exhibition suits the subject of the photographs, which is very important and we each need to consider individually when displaying prints at our exhibition.
I visited the Don McCullin exhibition on Friday 21st of October. It was very inspirational to see the work of a great artist up close on large prints, with all the detail of each photograph on display. The layout of the exhibition was a simple white wall square space with the prints framed and hung in sets around the space. The photographs were framed with an inner edge of about 2 inches of white space then the framing itself was a dark wood. I think this was very successful for the type of prints they were, being black and white documentary shots of figures and landscapes it allowed you to concentrate on each individual image. They also varied in size and shape, some being square, others portrait, landscape and all mixed together.
Hopefully this will now circulate amongst the artistic community on the website and get our exhibition out there!
We have also contacted Digital SLR Photography magazine, who have replied with great news!
Thanks for sending the information over. The flyer looks great. As far as promoting it within the magazine I can offer some advertising space to promote the exhibition to the 33,184 official readers of the magazine every month.
The flyers dimensions look like a 1/8 page which I can offer for one month at £ 65 + vat
Please give me a call or email if you have any questions regarding the magazine or the advert.
Group Sales Executive
Digital SLR Photography
We have the opportunity here to have an advert in a popular magazine where the readers will all be likely to be interested in our exhibition, being a perfect platform to advertise it. We still have to discuss the issues of funding the advertisement, but this is far cheaper than the previous offer we had for Mayhem! magazine. I think we are due for another meeting!
After contacting the people at the British University Artists website we recieved a response!
Thanks for getting in touch. We've all been out of the office for a
couple of days now, so I'm personally picking this up on the hop so to
Very interested first in your show in December and then also in
potentially handling a few sales for you via the galley. What would be
helpful is of you could send me (on about 5 different emails) a
collection of say 5 to 15 images of work you'd like considering. From
there we'll look at these and assess what options we think may be open
to the work.
Hope that sounds reasonable to you?
From this we basically have the opportunity to promote our exhibition and our own work through the gallery. If we manage to make any sales this will also provide us with some finance for the exhibition. We will each send one photo to Robin that he will then put into the gallery for their viewers to visit.
After a group meeting to discuss our project and to gather more ideas, we have decided to expand our exhibition by bringing in guest speakers and possibly include other photographers work to make it more of a Photo Fair rather than a simple exhibition. This will then allow us to make the most of the big screen for the speakers to utilise in presenting work. Paul Thurlow is our first guest speaker that we have confirmed for one day of the exhibition, he is a portrait photographer based in Portsmouth that has agreed to come and give a presentation discussing originality with a few examples.
Oana Damir contacting Paul. Here is the email we received:
Hope you are well. I would love to be involved. I could do only one day at the moment,would that be ok? I think I would talk and show pictures based on a variety of themes, but the main theme would be originality and the many ways to achieve it. How does that sound?
Have a nice weekend and thank you for thinking of me, it's very humbling
We had a meeting today to discuss the presentation we are doing tomorrow pitching our idea. This was very useful as it meant we had a summary of what we had so far and what we need to do in the future, getting everyone up to speed on where we are at with the project.
Update: Our presentation went very well, I was key speaker for the advertising team and I think we delivered our pitch well.
This is an edit of the previous leaflet idea. I used the silhouette heads as I felt this was a good design idea that connotes the cinematic experience of the exhibition. I then adapted the rest using a font that I felt was more appropriate, almost a classic cinema text you would see on film posters from the 1950s, however the simple bold black and white scheme brings a modern feel to it. This design could either be used for a logo or with more information on the back it could be used as a leaflet design also.
We have managed to secure our first sponsor! Dragon Soop is a mixture of Vodka and caffeine in various flavours, variations of which is a popular drink to find in clubs and pubs. They have offered us 5 crates of Dragon Soop which is 40 cans, then also 3 crates of their cider HCC Black containing 72 cans in total. We would then in turn place 'Sponsored by Dragon Soop' on our posters and leaflets etc. This will allow us to offer free drinks and advertise this on our leaflets which may attract more people to the exhibition. We may now have to start thinking about how to distribute it fairly to ensure there aren't any intoxicated people running around the place!
Based off of his previous design, Will Rudman designed another leaflet incorporating the new name. I think this is the most successful leaflet so far, it's bold and stylised by the current trend. It will be eye catching when handing them out and I think people will be intrigued to learn more after seeing this. We can then use the reverse side to include more information such as how to get to the venue and what the project is all about.
This design is by Mateusz Migas. The most successful part of this design is the silhouette heads like a cinema screen. It eludes to the fact that the exhibition is going to be like a cinematic experience and gives the viewer the information they need without it being written down. I think the crisp writing of Will's design was however more stylish and appropriate for the market we are going for, but I suggest perhaps we could combine the two together and use the silhouette heads on Will's design.
Something we've been putting off for a long time whilst getting the right venue is the actual title of our exhibition. We decided to get everybody to come up with a name then post it on our group page, then have a poll to decide what name everybody would like to use. We wanted the name to be relevant to the fact we have a huge screen to view them on, as that is our biggest selling point of our exhibition, but we also came up with a few relevant to the name of the projects the images will be drawn from. Some of the names we came up with were; 'Breaking The Boundaries', 'Restricted Area', '15 Recycled Lands', 'Recycled Spaces', 'Space Invaders', 'Screen Invaders', 'One Big Screen' and finally 'The Big Picture'.
We decided almost categorically that 'The Big Picture', that Daniel Nouari suggested is going to be the best name for the exhibition, so we can now start to think about leaflet designs around that title.
One of the titles that has been floating around is 'One Big Screen'. I think this one relates too much to the big screen on Guildhall Square and may confuse people, although it's on the right lines of promoting the big screen as part of the exhibition. Will Rudman designed this flyer, it's bold and the style is very much the trend at the moment. The simplicity of it makes it appear very professional and the printing costs would be low as it is all only black and white. We can use the reverse side for all the necessary information and possibly include some images.
A member of the group came up with a title and flyer design..
This design is more modern and update compared to the one I designed earlier on, with crisp edges, lines and modern style text. This may appeal more to the modern market, although it's slightly busy with the newspaper style background. Recycled Spaces is a name that has been suggested although I'm not sure it's the name we will stick with for the exhibition.