Wideyed Photo-collective introduce their new book, Agri[culture], the culmination of a 2 year project by Wideyed photographers Lucy Carolan, Richard Glynn, Louise Taylor and Nat Wilkins, focusing on the culture of agricultural shows in the North Pennines. Part of BITESIZE BOOKFAIR, a programme of short talks on Instagram Live as part of our Online Photobook Fair 2020.
Wideyed is a non-profit photography collective founded in 2008 and includes artist/photographers Lucy Carolan (now focusing on a PHD), Richard Glynn, Louise Taylor and Nat Wilkins. Wideyed is dedicated to creating, curating and promoting compelling contemporary photography for exhibition and cross-media publication. Its members provide peer and technical support for each others practices, engage in commissions, community arts projects and workshops, explore varied methods of printing, publishing and presenting works, and initiate collaborations with photographers and photography collectives outside the UK.
Agri[culture] (2018-2019) focused on the annual agricultural shows taking place along the hills and dales of the Tees and Wear rivers. The resulting images, combined with literary responses to a selection of images by NorthPens writing group, became an outdoor traveling exhibition: installed in a 12’ cattle trailer, the work toured to the 2019 season of agricultural shows. The exhibition gathered momentum by collecting more images, stories and memories from the viewing public: by inviting the shows’ communities to reflect on these longstanding rural traditions, the project served as a starting point for conversations around agri[cultural] identity, gathering impressions about collective sense of place in past, present and future. Agri[Culture] has been developed into a book and final exhibition at the University of Sunderland further expanding its audience and engaging communities ‘down river’ from the project inception. Agri[Culture] the book launches in October 2020 coinciding with the cancelled shows this year.
Read more at ephotozine.
5 x booklets bound in a sleeve; 148 pages
Published by Wideyed Editions August 2020
Dimensions: 150 x 210 mm
80 colour photographs, archive images, 7 poems by NorthPens Writers
Foreword by Jill Cole, essay by John Darwell
Richard Glynn has been a photographer since the late 70s, and until enrolling for Sunderland University’s MA in Photography in 2008 was largely self-taught. He has a background in construction engineering, which informed the body of work, ‘Lost Waltz‘ (which was exhibited as a solo show at Brighton Photo Fringe 2012), but photographically has eclectic tastes and is essentially a documentary photographer.
He began exhibiting in 2003, and has since shown work in solo and group exhibitions in England, France, Bulgaria, India and South Africa. His editorial work has been published in specialist motorcycle magazines. On graduation from University of Sunderland in 2010 he was selected as an Axisweb MAstar. In 2018 he was selected for #Untitled10, and artist residency at Bowes Museum in County Durham, which culminated in an exhibition there running October 2018 – January 2019.
Nat Wilkins is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Northeast England. He is currently focusing his lens on early childhood, rural hinterlands and the culture of upland agriculture. Seeing photography both moving and still as inherently powerful tools in the weaving of narratives, he plays with elements of both to present work in new and innovative ways.
Nat studied for an M.Sc in Conservation Biology from Cumbria University and recently graduated with a BA in Photography from Sunderland University.
Louise is a County Durham based freelance documentary photographer and a founding member of Wideyed. Since graduating from University of Westminster in 1996 she has worked and travelled widely. From Outer Mongolia to County Durham, rural and nomadic communities are the focus of her work.
As well as working on both personal and group projects with Wideyed, she also develops and delivers participatory photography projects with schools and other community groups. Awards include Independent on Sunday Travel Photographer, and NEPN/Side Gallery Development Bursary (for the project Shoot!) and NEPN Develop Award.
Lucy's career now spans 30 years and has been pretty varied: after graduating with an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in 1988, she worked in Magnum’s London office for a time, then on the picture desks of The European and The Telegraph Magazine before moving to France (where she lived from 1991-2002) and freelancing as photographer.
Since co-founding Wideyed in 2008, she has contributed to the management and production of exhibitions and events, completed commissions, managed community arts projects, run workshops, won awards, and participated in international arts festivals, fairs and residencies. Her very first exhibition was a group show at the Natural History Museum in London in 1986 – her images were a small set of B+W photos from a student project about nuns, of all things. Since then, the majority of her shows have been commissioned and she has work in the permanent collections of the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough, the Bibliothèque Abbé-Grégoire in Blois, France, and Process-Space Arts Foundation in Balchik, Bulgaria.