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London Art Fair 2 for 1 ticket offer

London Art Fair is one of the UK’s premier destinations for modern British and contemporary art, bringing together 129 leading galleries from the UK and overseas.

Alongside the main fair, two curated sections focus on younger galleries, new work and contemporary photography; Art Projects and Photo50. Photo50 is an exhibition of contemporary photography featuring fifty works, curated this year by Nick Hackworth, Director of the excellent Paradise Row gallery. Entitled, A Cyclical Poem, it will bring together the work of a number of British photojournalists and documentary photographers from the 1970s to the present day including Brian Griffin, Paul Hill, Sirrka-Lisa Kontinen, Dorothy Bohm, Marketa Luscakova and Chris Steele-Perkins. The exhibition is an elliptical meditation on the idea of historical change, instances separated by eras, of congruence and difference; it considers what has changed and what has stayed the same.

The fair keeps its doors open late on Thursday 17 January, providing you with the opportunity to look at the work by over 1,000 artists whilst enjoying complimentary drinks, talks and performances.

1000 Words readers can purchase 2 for 1 advanced tickets for this evening; just enter code LAF467 when booking to activate your discount. Offer valid until midnight 31 December 2012. Book here!

Photo News: Diemar/Noble Photography and Rhubarb-Rhubarb host The Gathering event tonight in London with a photo tombola

The Gathering, an event jointly organised by Diemar/Noble Photography and Rhubarb-Rhubarb, takes place tonight from 6-9pm at Diemar/Noble.

For one night only, images donated by participating photographers including Brian Griffin, Martin Parr, Emily-Jane Major, Michael Donald, Laura Pannack and Zed Nelson will be on show at the Diemar/Noble gallery space. Prints have been donated by image makers from the UK, USA, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Australia and Bangladesh.

Participants pick a numbered ticket from a tombola and receive the corresponding numbered print as well as a copy of the event catalogue. “This gives you the opportunity to own a print by a world famous or an emerging artist for an investment of just £50″. The event is a fundraiser not a private view.

Money raised from the event is to support the work of Rhubarb-Rhubarb as “it moves into a digital future”. Not exactly sure what this means, in terms of what the money raised is for, specifically – money to make a transition and get things online?

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Filed under: Photographers, Photography Auction Tagged: contemporary photography, Diemar/Noble Photography, london, photo auction, Rhubarb-Rhubarb, The Gathering

Photo Stroll – A Night Out in The Black Country with Brian Griffin

© Brian Griffin, Woman Chainmaker, 2010. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist.

From the press release: “Brian Griffin was born in Birmingham in 1948 but spent his childhood in Lye, in the Black Country before departing for Manchester College of Art in 1969 to study photography. He has since gone on to become one of the UK’s most established photographers and is renowned for his portraits of musicians, actors, political figures and the business community. However, growing up in the 50s and 60s in the Black Country, surrounded by industry, has left an indelible impression on the artist, to such an extent, that a new body of work recalls his childhood memories of living amongst the factories on Stocking Street, Lye.

“Inspired by a range of artistic influences including Caravaggio, Sir Stanley Spencer, Otto Dix and religious art, Griffin’s theatrical compositions place his life story on centre stage.

“The Black Country was first exhibited at Collège des Bernardins, Paris. The exhibition has been supported by the Owen Family Trust, Walsall Museums and Galleries Development Trust, Multistory and Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.”

© Brian Griffin, Tim Newey. Courtesy of the artist.

Today’s post which is also up at the New York Photo Festival 2011 site comes a little later than anticipated as someone cut through my broadband cable and I was disconnected from cyberland. Now back online, here’s a photo stroll from yesterday’s night out to Brian Griffin’s private view of his most personal project to date, The Black Country, which opened today at the New Art Gallery Walsall and runs until 19 June.

Landlord of The Old Swan pub Tim Newey, pictured above, provided a barrel of beer from his brewery and was among the guests at the busy opening. Here’s hoping that the show makes its way across the Atlantic so that others can enjoy Griffin’s exhibition too. For now, here’s a photo stroll taster of what to expect. And, after my last wordy post, today I’ve decided to step back and let the images speak for themselves. To see more…

All photo stroll images © Miranda Gavin, 2011.

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Shows Tagged: Brian Griffin, New Art Gallery Walsall, photo exhibition, photo show, The Black Country, Walsall