June 2016

Forthcoming exhibition, Margate June 2016

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May 2016

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Video capture, Riverbed Stories (c) Mandy Williams, 2015

Earlier this month I found out that my video, Riverbed Stories was shortlisted for the British Women’s Art award 2016 alongside work from 12 other artists. The video, produced in 2015, was the conclusion to a project I had worked on for a couple of years and been very absorted by, so to have it acknowledged this way is really nice.

In June I’ll be having a solo exhibition, River Stories, Unseen Landscapes, at Gallery 7 – Pie Factory, Margate. There will be colour work from the Riverbeds which has never been shown before, alongside some black and white photographs and video stills, and it will be the first time that images from the Unseen Landscapes series are exhibited. I’m looking forward to spending a week in Margate – seeing friends from the area, visiting exhibitions at the Turner and enjoying time by the sea.

At the end of this month I’ll be in a group exhibition, Scenes from the City: Urban Photography, at the Riverside Gallery, Richmond. Twenty two photographers are in the show, which runs from 28 May – 16 July.

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April 2016

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At the end of March #Photography Magazine’s new issue was published and I have four images from the Frozen series featured. The quarterly online and print magazine is curated by Genea Bailey and Daisy Ware Jarret and features a large selection of interesting photographic work – the current issue can be seen here.

Work from the same series was featured on Fleur & Arbor’s photography blog this month as Jasmine and Olivia invited me to write a guest post about the images. A larger selection from the series has also been featured on their platform.

At the end of March the spring issue of the London Independent Photography Magazine, fLIP, was published and I went along to the launch evening with some friends. Here’s one of my photographs from the Frame series in the magazine.

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I have been photographing a lot the last couple of months, trying out some new ideas. It’s been great to be out on location again – will see if these develop into a new project.

Also heard that I have some work going into a group exhibition in London next month which I’m looking forward to – more to follow.

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March 2016

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This month the focus is on publications. In early March I published a book with many of the Frame photographs and video images. I really enjoyed working on it – a preview of the book can be seen here.

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Cary Benbow, a contributing writer to Lensculture and F-stop magazine and editor of Wobneb magazine on contemporary photography, recently published a feature on my Riverbed Stories and Unseen Landscapes work. It’s really well-written and I’m delighted that he selected my photography for publication. The full article can be seen here.

Also very happy to have had Riverbed Stories featured as a photo essay on KALTBLUT Magazine, a magazine for Art, Fashion, Media, based out of Berlin.  They have a huge readership and it’s a different audience for my work. It can be seen here.

Next week, the spring issue of the London Independent Photography Magazine, fLIP, is published and I have a couple of photographs featured from the Frame series, the first time this work has been published in a magazine. Looking forward to seeing it – it’s always well produced and this issue’s theme Lost/Found should be an interesting one.

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January 2016

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At the end of December I was in West Sussex shooting more footage for the Frame video. I was able to collect a lot of material which I edited down into a short 3.33 piece. The video has been made to accompany an ongoing series of photographs at the same location. I wanted it to show a progression from figuration to abstraction and from a wide perspective towards a single frame. It’s the most abstract work I’ve done in a while. It can be seen here.

This month Riverbed Stories video will be showing in Brighton, having been selected for Short Circuit’s, ‘Town and Country’ curated experimental film screening.

Also at the end of the month, I shall once again be taking part in Visual Aid’s benefit event, Postcards from the Edge, happening this year at Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.  Last year’s work sold, hoping the same will happen this year.

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December 2015

Video capture (c) Mandy Williams 2015

As we come to the end of 2015 I am putting together some ideas for a new video and a separate audio work which I hope to produce early next year. I have started to experiment and am excited by the thought of building up an exhibition around this work.

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From Frozen series (c) Mandy Williams 2015

Earlier this month I was approached by photographer/curators Jasmine and Olivia from Fleur and Arbor, to be interviewed for their photography blog and the feature can be seen here.

In mid December I took part in an open house print party with photographer friends Elisabeth Blanchet and Agnes Villette which was a great idea – a full day of interesting conversations, new friendships as well as print sales.

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November 2015

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Riverbed Stories video (c) Mandy Williams 2015

Last month I heard that my short video, Riverbed Stories (2015), had qualified to compete at the 22nd International Independent Film Festival PUBLICYSTYKA 2015 in Poland which was exciting. The festival took place in Kędzierzyn – Koźle from 23 – 25 October.

I also found out that Riverbed Stories was going to be part of an exhibition and residency series at Fuse Art Space in Bradford.  ’23:57′ is programmed in response to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, 2015 and alongside the artists in residence there is environmental photography from Mark Adams, Sean Hovendick and John Wesley Mannion, interactive video work by Nina Yankowitz and Barry Holden and films by David Theobald and myself. ’23:57′ runs until 19 December.

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In October the National Open Art exhibition opened at the Royal College of Art. The artists preview event was very busy and it was good to see all the work on display. There were 133 artworks from around 4,000 submitted; I was happy that my work, Before #1, had been selected. The exhibition ended Sunday 1 November.

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October 2015

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I was in Bristol on Saturday for the private view of the hugely popular Royal West of England Academy 163rd Open exhibition.  As usual there were a lot of people there to see the work and it was great to meet some of the other artists.  I’m exhibiting three photographs from Riverbed Stories as an Academician candidate having been shortlisted with nine other artists at the start of this year. I had been invited to submit following last year’s exhibition. If you’re near Bristol, the exhibition opens Sunday 4 October and runs until Sunday 29 November. 

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September 2015

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Before #1 (c) Mandy Williams

In August I submitted my photograph, Before #1, to the Open Art Competition and was very happy to find out in early September that it had been selected. The exhibition will be at the Royal College of Art, London, from 21 October to 1 November 2015. Last year’s show at Somerset House was really good, so I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s work.

Following a self-portrait submission to the Old Girls’ Club project, ‘This is What a Photographer Looks Like’, I was invited to write about my work and photographic journey.  It was published this month, and the self-portrait image will be on display at the end of this month at their next networking event. The Old Girls’ Club, started by Kate O’Neill and Alice Widger, is committed to supporting women in photography.

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August 2015

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Still image from Riverbed Stories video (c) Mandy Williams

July and early August saw some final edits being made to the Riverbed Stories video and it is now online. If you have 5 minutes please take a look at: https://vimeo.com/artphotofilm/riverbedstories

At the moment I am not sure if it will extend into a three screen version. Having spent so long on the Riverbed Stories project this video may be the place to leave the series. We’ll see!

I was really happy that my photo essay on this series was published by Minor Literatures, which has some wonderful contributions from writers and artists. It can be seen here:
http://minorliteratures.com/2015/08/13/riverbed-stories/

At the start of the month I’d been invited to take part in a ‘critical discussion’ at the Greenwich Gallery with documentary photographer Mike Seaborne. Following a preparatory visit to the gallery to see the annual group exhibition the event took place on 13 August. There is some strong work in the show which ends 16 August – my personal favourites were work by Martin Jordan and Daniel Keys.

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