Over the last couple of years I have had a number of Work Experience students spend time with me at the studio. The students are in year 10 at school, and are interested in a career in Photography and where Photography could take them in the future.
As a Wedding and Portrait Photographer I introduce the students to using an SLR and give them a brief tutorial on the benefits of various models and lenses. They have the opportunity to use a camera in the studio and on location. I like to offer a range for the students to open their eyes the the world of Professional Photography, ensuring that they have an understanding of Commercial, Wedding, Portraiture, Sports, Stock,Press, and Medical Photography and an introduction into how an Artist may forge a career for themselves. In doing this I have enlisted the help of other local Photographers and Artists, which has been invaluable.
These have included Artists Pat Baker, Sue Platt and Chris Cyprus, Commercial Photographer Phil Melia, Landscape Photographers Gill and Charlotte Brett, Fashion Photographer Lance Burkitt, the Medical Illustrations Department of the Withenshall Hospital, Sports Photographer Andrew Schofield, Computer Expert and Digital Photographer Nick Watts and Optical Photographer Darren Hargreaves. All these Photographers have been extremely helpful and given their time willingly to help educate the up and coming enthusiastic students.
Having a student is an enriching experience and helps me to question how I work, why I work in this field and what I actually enjoy about my job. And I am constantly challenged and intrigued by the questions that the students ask – helping me also to see my work through someone else’s eyes. Very few Photographers offer work experience for students, often because they lack sufficient insurance cover. I have always made sure that I have cover as I know, from previously tutoring students*, that it is an invaluable time.
*(from my days working as a Senior State Registered Dietitian in the NHS, all placements including student placements.)
At the end of their time with me, I ask the students to pull together what they have learnt in the form of a work book, or video. Here is one that was produced by one of the students this year.
|Last night saw the launch of the Woodend Artists Winter Exhibition at the Riverside Cafe in Uppermill. It was truly a magical affair with’Tim Burtonesque’ creatures mingling, food and drink flowed as did chatter amongst the Artists and visitors. The occasion started with a photoshoot and greetings from both the Woodend Artists and Carolyn, Hostess of the Riverside Cafe. The two were flanked by two of No-Eyed Theatre’s creations, standing to attention like two attending soldiers in amongst a candle lit garden, with a canopy of stars.The evening continued with introductions and chatter. Simon Carrigan, AKA Es, then produced a pair of designed lady’s shoes – ‘Cupcake-orella’ – the lady to whose feet they fit, may put their name into a raffle and win them. This is continuing all throughout he exhibition’s duration. Last night only 1 lady’s feet actually fitted the shoes – one gentleman also tried his luck with them but found them sadly too small.The work on show is work from 10 Artists and includes ceramics, photography, model making and painting using a variety of media.The exhibition began last night and now runs until the 28th December, during opening hours. More details can be found on the Woodend Artists website.
Yet again, the Woodend Artists are exhibiting a cacophony of work, this time in Uppermill. Work will be available for sale as well Artists details and information about their other work and backgrounds.
The exhibition of work from Woodend Artists from Woodend Mill, Mossley can be seen at the Riverside Cafe in Uppermill – 30th November to the 28th December.
A preview evening will take place on Thursday 1st December – please bring a copy of the flyer. (click on it to view a larger copy and to print using your own browser.
Work will be exhibited from over 12 Artists, including Jacqui Symmons, Cara Campbell, Martin Fitzparick and yours truly.
We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible, enjoy a coffee whilst viewing the variety of work from a very talented group of Professional Artists. We also look forward to reading your comments in the guest book .
10th Anniversay of Emmaus
Exclusive Tour of Emmaus Centre
Also on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 there will be a tour of Mossley hall courtesy of Philip Wilson. If anyone wants to do the tour they need to ring me on 07956 816 903 or e. mail me on email@example.com as numbers are limited to 30.
The well-established Woodend Artists were excited to present FRINGE, an alternative and contemporary exhibition and event at a local Coffee House on Uppermill High Street, as part of the Saddleworth Arts Festival.
The exhibition of 9 Artists work was hung on Friday morning and was already attracting attention, especially after the extensive efforts the Artists made to advertise the venue and exhibition.
The exhibition was part of the Saddleworth Arts Festival and provided an alternative view of the art world by local artists.
Over 600 visitors were expected to view the work, over the Festival, judging on past experience of the Artists events. 26 hours later the exhibition ended, even before the Open evening. Throngs of Artists, friends and followers were poised ready to welcome the exhibition and celebrate in a party atmosphere.
So why did the exhibition, that was expected to run until the 12th June, end? Was it the most Avant-Garde exhibition in the Saddleworth Festival, that had to be removed even before the Open? Did you managed to get a glimpse of the Art work?
A huge thank you to Richard Dawson, Cara Campbell, Jacqui Symons and Martin Fitzpatrick for all the time, effort and expertise – and a big thank you to all the exhibiting Artists for submitting a very varied and creative show of Art work.
A chance to see more of the Artists work will be available to all as bigger and better exhibitions are planned for the future. The Woodend Artists already hold well established open studios at the Woodend Mill, that welcome guests in the Spring, Summer and Winter. More information about the Artists and their events can be viewed here Woodend Artists and join the mailing list to keep up to date with upcoming events.
Exhibiting Artists of the Fringe :
Visual Artists Sue Platt, Jacqui Symons, Cara Campbell, Pat Baker, Peter Castle, Martin Fitzpatrick, Chris Towers, Alexander Towers, Richard Dawson, Photographer Jude Gidney.