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Visitor Experience Assistant at The Hepworth Wakefield

For the past two months, I worked as a Gallery Host Volunteer at The Hepworth Wakefield.

At the end of March, I received an email with upcoming job opportunities at THW. I decided to apply for the visitor experience assistant role. As a result of my application, I received an invitation for an interview, which took place the following week and went very well, even though I woke up in the morning full of cold, with muscle ache, cough, blocked nose and couldn’t speak or breathe. The worst possible case when going for the interview.

To my excitement, the day after the interview, I received a phone call from one of my duty managers saying that they were impressed with the interview and offered me a part time contract as a Visitor Experience Assistant. What a fantastic news, I was very happy to accept it!

As an employee, I will have a lot more responsibilities than when I use to volunteer. Before, my job was to help the visitor experience team, to engage with the visitors and make them feel welcome, to answer their queries and most importantly to ensure the safety of the visitors and the art work. Now, as well as all the above, my duties will be to have up to date knowledge about the gallery, exhibitions, displayed collections and public programs; to respond to phone calls and email enquiries; to deliver informative and engage guide tours and much more. Guide tours will be challenging and means a lot of research. I became familiar with the exhibited art at The Hepworth Wakefield however, I am not ready for it yet. Thankfully, I will be given the training.

I am looking forward to becoming part of visitor experience team and also to my first shift on Thursday. As I stated in a blog about my volunteer job, I adore this place and the friendly people who work there. As a photographer it’s also a great opportunity to be part of the creative community, to build connections with other artists and people who have similar interest to mine.

I was planning to look for a job after the graduation however, as the opportunity arises, I’ve done my best and already have it! I am very proud of myself and as I am only going to work part time, I will have a lot of time to be freelance photographer.

If you haven’t been to The Hepworth Wakefield, you should pay a visit. It’s an amazing place, with a variety of incredible art. From Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore’s famous sculptures to contemporary photographs and Magdalene Odundo’s The Journey of Things exhibition which contains modern, contemporary and ancient pieces that influenced her work and many, many more. I can assure you that there is something for every art lover.

Additionally, if you want to change your career or know the company you want to work for, I advise you to apply for a volunteer role. You will find out if it’s the right job for you, as well as the possibility of leading to permanent position.

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Palm* Photo Prize

I recently enter two images for the Palm* Photo Prize competition.

The submission is open to photographers working in all disciplines and styles and it’s free to enter. There are no themes, just an emphasis on one strong stand-alone image. The deadline for the submissions is on the 15th of April and entrants are limited to two images per person. On the 10th of May, 100 images will be selected by the Palm* Studios and exhibited in The Print Space Gallery in London from 14th to 17th of May. There will be four winning categories selected from the shortlisted and exhibited images:

  • Judge’s Panel 1st place
  • Judge’s Panel 2nd place
  • People’s Choice Award
  • People’s Choice Instagram Award

The winning prizes looks very impressive. Judge’s Panel 1st place will receive: Polaroid Originals OneStep + Camera + film; theprintspace £150 voucher, Labyrinth photography Lab £150 voucher, Palm* Studios goodie Bag + Palm* Feature, Parallax Photographic Coop gift voucher £50

Here are my two selected images

I chose them two, as I believe that both are strong single stand-alone images. Each one is also strong technically, with creative lighting and good composition. It would be amazing to be one of the 100 shortlisted. Wish me luck!

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Third Interim Show

Yesterday, was the University of Huddersfield’s final year photography students Third Interim Show. The exhibition took place at the Market Hall in Huddersfield. It was amazing to see our work exhibited and evident development from previous exhibitions, visible within the quality of work and prints.

It was our last chance to get feedback on our work before the final submissions. We have five weeks remaining to the deadline, where we must submit our written work as well as physical books, framed prints or portfolio.  

To get ready for the exhibition, I’ve made a few test prints to see what type of paper will be best for my photographs and my photobook.

I chose Lumi Silk Coated Card 300gsm for my photographs and Silk Coated 150gsm paper for the book. Both papers are light cream colour, slightly warmer than white. My displayed prints were in SRA3 size (450mm x320mm) and book printed in B5 (176mm x 250mm).

We were split into groups of 6 – 7 people to give feedback to the other groups. Have a look at my feedback:

Fallowing the group comments, each of us had an individual meeting with one of our tutors. I spoke with Richard Higgingbottom. Richard told me that my project is coming along well and that I chose good paper type. The design and the size of my book are also good however, he advised me to make some changes within the sequence and the text. I told Richard that I am planning to have a hard cover and he advised me to look at Leeds Village Books to find some ideas for the colour of the cloth.

I appreciate all of the feedback I received. I will change the title and think about the cover of the book; I will work on my book sequence and make bigger prints for the exhibition. I won’t include three men, as according to my given feedback it is “Indicating something racial?” I don’t agree with this, as my project is about immigration and clearly anti-racial however, if this is people’s first impression then I will have to work on it.

If you have any comments regarding my exhibition, paper type or my photobook, please get in touch.

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Volunteers open event at The Hepworth Wakefield

I found out that The Hepworth Wakefield is hosting volunteers open event and I sign up for it. Last Wednesday I attended the event and had a pleasure to meet many interesting people who works or volunteer there. I was introduced to each of the available roles, I have been told what’s involved in them and who is it for. I have been asked many questions about why I want to volunteer, if I have any customer service experience and about my level of commitment. I applied for two roles, which sounds the most interesting for me: Gallery Host and Evert Assistant.

Luckily, on Friday I received an email with the invitation for an induction day. I am so excited and can’t wait to be part of this wonderful place. As a photographer it is a great opportunity for me to build my customer service skills, to make contacts within creative community and to meet new people who are interested in my favourite subject – art. I am very enthusiastic about this volunteering opportunity and I will make sure to prove that I am the right person for the role.

I went for an event a bit early to have a chance to look around, as I knew that a lot has changed since my last visit in October. The gallery is amazing, and staff makes everyone feel very welcomed. If you never visit The Hepworth Wakefield you should do, I can assure you that there is lot of amazing exhibitions and everyone will find something interesting.

To find out more check the website https://hepworthwakefield.org/

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SECOND INTERIM SHOW FEEDBACK

Awww no, just remembered about my second interim show. Due to the dissertation, busy time through Christmas break and Amsterdam visit, I forgot to post my feedback. I have received great feedback from my tutor, as well as from students. Let’s see if you agree.

Feedback from students: documentary series, story, emotional, foreign people in England. Statement reads well, tells the intention of the work. Portrait could be bigger and without the chair. More prints next time. Portrait for the final show and photo-book. Good choice of paper type. Think about a new title as it’s a bit funny for such a serious project. Cut out the borders of the portraiture.

Feedback form tutor, Richard Mulhearn: Its visible that you really care about this project. It brings different aspects and uncertainty to each picture. Think about who you photograph, when and where. Really good sense of the absence in relation to person. Really good project, benefiting from your knowledge and experience. I don’t have to talk to you about technical effort and ability as you are doing this well. You need to think about creativity and critical analysis. You gained a confidence and you are moving towards different territory, it become more ambiguous. The idea of foreigners potentially of not knowing how they feel when labelled and constantly defined by people who don’t understand. The project became personal, feels as there is something missing. The person looks as she doesn’t belong in here or is missing something. Become more about somewhere that feels different. Positively confused about whether they want to be here or not. Very well-made picture. Great face and pose. Statement reads well towards the attention of work and what it is about. You need to change the title as it sounds as you don’t care, the irony doesn’t come across. The way she is looking shows this absence, this potential of missing something, being disconnected which is new to your work, as it used to be straight towards the viewer with deadpan face expression.

What do you think about the feedback?

Any additional comments?

What should I improve?

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Amsterdam, photo galleries

On the second day of the trip to Amsterdam we visited the Foam Photography Museum.

What a brilliant space for an exhibition and a lot of amazing work to view. Astonishing documentary and food photography, I have never seen as many food photographs in my life. It isn’t a category I am interested in however, I must say that some of the work there was very creative.

The one I loved best is of course documentary photograph; Migrants, Mayra, Picnic Across the Border, Tecate, Mexico, USA, 2017 created by French artist JR. This photograph is very ambiguous. It makes the viewer look twice to see what’s going on and to ask a lot of questions. We’ve had an argument about it, as each of us have their own opinion on which side of the table are Mexicans and Americans. I think Americans are on the left side of photograph as they are richer, they have the table and are sitting on benches, not just a table cloth on the floor, as visible on the right side. However, I could be wrong and as I mention the ambiguity of it makes it impossible to interpret.

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The other image I loved was a man’s portrait with little red squares on it. However, as I looked closer the portrait is made from many little portraits. What a great idea and what a talent to create such a masterpiece.

After lunch we visited Huis Marseille Photography Gallery and looked at contemporary African photography. What a brilliant space for an exhibition, enormous rooms with a lot of daylight coming through huge windows.

The work of Zanele Muholi, David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, Mikhael Subotzky and Sabelo Mlangeni to mention just a few. A lot of unknown names but what an amazing exhibition of portraitures, street and documentary photography work, my three favourite photography categories. I am very glad that I’ve seen this work as it gives me some new ideas and some of the work has inspires me to create my photographic project.

My favourite was created by Em’kal Eyongakpa. It is not the kind of work I will be doing, but I loved the way it was exhibited, with little images stuck onto big ones to create one whole image.

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Second Interim Show

Huddersfield, Market Hardware Gallery. From 14th to 20th of December will be open for the public.

Come round a have a look at our amazing work. While my fellow peeps chose fashion, landscape, still life etc, I presented my favourite documentary photography. Peer review tomorrow. Lets see what feedback I will get.

What do you think about my work?

 

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Bound Art – the photobook festival

Today is the opening nigh for the Bound Art Book Fair in Whitworth Manchester . The book fair will be held until the 14 of October .

The University of Huddersfield is represented by its final year photography students which are showing their amazing books. I will be there most of the weekend, but on Saturday from 10 to 12.30 pm I will be near university table. If you would like to see my book, or of you have any questions about mine (Bloody Foreigners?) or other students work, come round and have a chat.

Also, check out the amazing program with many interesting artists, talk and workshops, or come round and have a look for yourself , there is a lot of amazing work.

http://boundartbookfair.co.uk/

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University trip to The Hepworth Wakefield

Viviane Sassen and Lee Miller’s exhibition.

The mainstay of Viviane Sassen’s Hot Mirrors are geometrics and body abstractions. The representation of gender and fashion in her work are far away from photography traditions, as she breaks the boundaries within creativity and experimentation. Artist often distort human’s body, use harsh shadows and dynamic colours. Her work brings a surreal feel, so the viewer must look twice to find out what’s going on. To display her work, she mixes large posters with glass screens and white photo frames. Images are sequenced to create a story within a place, or a subject matter.

Lee Miller’s work is sequenced within similar subject: hands, naked body, portraits… and presented as small images placed in the middle of black large frames (unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of Miller’s work).

Looking at Viviane Sassen’s photographs and collages the viewer can link her work with Lee Miller’s, as she uses a similar approach. Both artists change everyday objects and people into the strange and surreal with a beautiful sense of composition. For their experimentation within many photography fields both artists grow into uncategorised photographers.