Sustainability and the photobook panel discussion — Impressions Gallery

Join Tamsin Green, Nishant Shukla, and Clare Hewitt as they share knowledge and discuss issues around environmentally conscious approaches to photobook publishing.

“All of us have different starting points and ideas of what constitutes a sustainable practice. Through ongoing conversations, we spark new ways of thinking, and develop resources that support and actively encourage individual practitioners in their search for a more environmentally conscious approach to photobook publishing.” The Sustainable Photobook Publishing (SPP) network

Raquel Villar-Pérez, Curator at Impressions Gallery, will chair this discussion, asking the panellists what being sustainable means to them, why they want to be more sustainable in their book-making, what steps can be taken, and problems we may face in the future.

Through this open dialogue, we hope to inspire more conversations and action around sustainability. Ahead of the event, we encourage you to think of questions or resources you would like to highlight as part of the discussion.

Booking recommended via Art Tickets, or call the gallery on 01274 737843

Free event, donations welcome.

This event is part of our annual Photobook Fair: Sustainability and the Photobook.

Image © Anna Kornatovska


  • Sustainability and the photobook panel discussion — Impressions Gallery

    Tamsin Green

    Tamsin (b.1982, London) is a visual artist and architect who uses walking as a process to make photographic work in the landscape. Her book making practice continues this dialogue with the environment, through hand folding and binding, bringing her into close contact with materials and processes. In 2021 she established manual.editions to explore environmentally conscious approaches to book making. Through her search for more sustainable practices the Sustainable Photobook Publishing (SPP) Network was born. Tamsin has published four handmade small edition books, these books have been exhibited widely and are in private and public collections, including the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tate. The books are also available to borrow within the UK via the manual.editions library.

  • Sustainability and the photobook panel discussion — Impressions Gallery

    Nishant Shukla

    Nishant Shukla is a photographer and artist based in London. He co-founded BIND (2015-2020) - a platform for photography and a library, examining the photobook as an art object. He received The Alkazi Foundation for the Arts: Photobook grant (2016) which enabled the publication of his first book. Seeking Moksha (2017) explores the search for transcendence through a collection of photographs, written notes, found objects and sound that memorialise his own experience. Nishant received the DYCP (develop your creative practice) grant by the Arts Council England (2021) through which he has been exploring a Sonic art practice. Currently, Nishant is the Director & Founder of lake, a collaborative centre for the creation of multi-sensory works that explore the connections between sound, image and space. Much like the ecosystem of a lake, which supports life around and beneath its surface, lake is a place to incubate and observe the growth of ideas between varied creative practices.

  • Sustainability and the photobook panel discussion — Impressions Gallery

    Clare Hewitt

    Clare Hewitt is a Photographer based in Birmingham, a Senior Lecturer in Photography at UWE, Bristol, and Archivist for Vanley Burke. In her most recent work, 'Everything in the forest is the forest', Clare has spent four years visiting a circle of twelve oak trees at The Birmingham Institute of Forest Research to understand how they thrive through connection and communication. The behaviour of the trees inspired her to develop a creative collective of individuals living around the forest who were experiencing loneliness or isolation. She has worked experimentally with and within the forest’s ecosystem to visualise its intelligent manifestation of community and exchange. Clare is currently working collaboratively to present the project as a sustainable photobook from biomaterials, supported by Arts Council and a-n.

    Clare was the recipient of the GRAIN Bursary Award 2019. Her work has been exhibited at venues including Landskrona Foto Festival, The National Portrait Gallery, The Palace of Westminster and Midlands Arts Centre. Her clients include The New Yorker, Oxfam, and New Statesman.