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Northern Charter & The Family Ties Network in association with NEPN present:

Beyond the Visible: Contemporary Visualizations of Loss, Illness and the ‘Unseen’ in Representations of the Family

23rd March 2016
1.00pm - 6.45pm

Rosy Martin, Arabella Plouviez, Sophie Ingleby, Sarah Tulloch and Marjolaine Ryley

Chairs: Nicky Bird and Carol McKay

Venue: Northern Charter, 5 th Floor, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, NE1 6QE

This event is free but booking is essential via the Eventbrite link - please cancel your ticket if you are unable to attend.

This study day will consider how photography is being used to create visual conversations around the lived experiences of illness, loss, medical conditions and the ‘unseen’ within representations of the family. Photography is a difficult medium when it comes to photographing something that is not always visible.

The particular visual strategies adopted by the artists explore a range of approaches for circumnavigating the challenges this presents. Their work raises questions as to how we see (or don’t see) these lived experiences. More than this, through their exploratory visual strategies, such practices are asking if it is possible to perceive – and therefore understand – such experiences and conditions differently? As well as talks by our speakers, a range of graduates and current students will be showing portfolios of work that connect with the day's themes.

There will also be a chance for informal discussion and dialogue around this important subject.


1.00–1.30 Register / Folios on View

1.30 Welcome

1.45-2.15 Sophie Ingleby

2.15-2.45 Arabella Plouviez

2.45-3.00 Chaired Q & A with Nicky Bird

3.00-3.30 Break / Folios on View

4.00-4.30 Marjolaine Ryley

4.30-5.00 Sarah Tulloch

5.00-5.15 Chaired Q & A with Nicky Bird
5.15-5.30 Break / Folios on View

5.30-6.15 Rosy Martin

6.15-6.45 Chaired Q & A with Carol McKay

6.45-7.45 Drinks / Book Launches

Drinks and an informal launch of ‘Image Object’ by Sarah Tulloch and ‘The Thin Blue Line, The Deep Red Sea’ by Marjolaine Ryley will follow the main event. All welcome.

The Northern Charter is a space for contemporary art in Newcastle upon Tyne. The Northern Charter is an artist-led organisation and we provide spaces for artists and art organisations to make, show and curate contemporary art.

The Northern Charter is based in Commercial Union House in Newcastle city centre. We have created thirteen workspaces and a project space within this purpose built office building. The Northern Charter is developing a public programme of events that will support and encourage thinking and talking about contemporary art. Our project space is a large and flexible creative space and will be used for performances, talks, screenings and other events.

The Family Ties Network is a research group of artists, filmmakers and writers who explore memory, space, place and the family in photography and moving image. Through events, conferences, exhibitions and publications, they aim to investigate a range of issues, encompassing the visual representation of family memories, the family album, oral history, bereavement, displacement, estrangement and the family home. Co-ordinators of The Family Ties Network include Dr. Suze Adams (University of the West of England), Nicky Bird (Glasgow School of Art), Jacqueline Butler (Manchester Metropolitan University), Rosy Martin (Independent artist/researcher), Lizzie Thynne (Sussex University) and Dr. Sally Waterman (Ravensbourne, London).

NEPN aims to develop new opportunities for photographic artists and to develop audiences for photography through commissioning and exhibiting innovative photographic work in gallery and new public contexts. NEPN curates a programme of themed symposiums and conferences to explore ideas and inspire fresh thinking in photography. NEPN's current project DEVELOP offers a new kind of support for photographers, comprising peer learning and mentoring and aiming to develop audiences for photographers work and raise the resilience of the photographic sector in NE England. Established in 2009, NEPN is hosted by and is an initiative of the Northern Centre of Photography at the University of


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