Wear Experimenting is a project devised by local artist and photographer Jo Howell and commissioned by The Cultural Spring and the North East Photography Network. The project seeks to engage the people of Sunderland in a series of experiments, intended to explore the cross-currents of creativity shared by photography and science and to invite the public to share their experience of life in the city. Experiments will ask questions relating to the natural and physical environment: social, domestic and work life; health and well-being of the city and its residents.

Residents of Sunderland, and those who work in the city, can participate in workshops in Pallion, Millfield and Hendon and there will also be opportunities to encounter the project through a pop-up community darkroom which will appear over the next few months in community and social green spaces.

A key strand of Wear Experimenting will be online participation, an invitation extended to the public to create specific images relating to life in the city between June – November 2018. Each month, a photographic ‘recipe’ or directive will be issued to the city’s residents and the resultant images shared across social media, building up a rich image bank and data set from which we can observe ourselves.

We also want to see the hashtag #WearExperimenting whenever you’re talking about the project!

To find out more about the project please visit:

http://wearexperimenting.co.uk/

Twitter / Instagram 

Email at wearexperimenting@gmail.com

Artist Jo Howells at #wearexperimenting exhibition opens at Mackie’s Corner 8/11/18 Pic by Craig Leng

Mackie’s Corner

The Wear Experimenting Exhibition is now open! Wear Experimenting will be heading to Mackie’s Corner, High Street West, Sunderland from 8th November until 1st December for an exciting programme of photography and image workshops and the Wear Experimenting exhibition showcasing images taken by the public over the last few months.

We’re also going to have some special workshops alongside the exhibition from Associate Photography Artists. For more information on these workshops and how to take part please click here.

Below is more information on the dates, times and what to expect at Mackie’s Corner. The workshops are offered as part of Wear Experimenting, a project commissioned by The Cultural Spring and NEPN. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. To book onto a workshop please email booking@theculturalspring.org.uk or call 0191 4278197.

THURSDAYS
Date Exhibition Opening Times Workshops Workshop times Workshop Information
15th November 3pm-7pm Cyanotype book making with Jo Howell 4pm-5pm Come and make your own Cyanotype book with Jo Howell. Spaces are limited to 6 people. Please book your place by sending your contact details and name of the workshop you would like to attend to booking@theculturalspring.org.uk or call: 0191 427 8197.
22nd November 3pm-7pm Poetry/creative writing workshop with James Whitman 4pm-5pm James Whitman is a writer and creative writing tutor, based in Sunderland. His workshop will focus on creating short fiction, inspired by Jo’s photography, that explores how perspective can change over time. Spaces are limited to 8 people. Please book your place by emailing booking@theculturalspring.org.uk or telephone 0191 427 8197.
29th November 3pm-7pm Wear Experimenting Artist talks: Jo Howell, Nicola Maxwell and Michael Davidson, Ben Freeth and Graham Patterson 6pm-8pm Join the Wear Experimenting artists for a discussion of their work and how they engage the public in its creation.
FRIDAYS
Date Exhibition Opening Times Workshops Workshop times Workshop Information 
16th November 12pm-5pm Cyanotype book making with Jo Howell 4pm-5pm Come and make your own Cyanotype book with Jo Howell. Please book your place by sending your contact details and name of the workshop you would like to attend to booking@theculturalspring.org.uk or call 0191 427 8197.
23rd November 12pm-5pm Scan Paths: Science of Seeing’ workshop with Ben Freeth 2pm-5pm *Drop-in Scan Paths is exciting project which redefines the boundaries of photography by creating an instant camera capable of performing eyetracking on the user. When ‘eye tracked’ what you look at reveals both what is important psychologically to you, and the science involved in seeing. It’s a ‘selfie-cam’ that takes a picture of you while simultaneously revealing something about yourself! Join Ben for a drop-in workshop in which you will create images and your own ‘scan paths’ using a ‘Yarbus Cam.’ Venue: Mackie’s Corner, Sunderland.
30th November 12pm-5pm Pinhole photography workshop with Jo Howell 1pm-3pm *Drop-In Drop in and make your own pinhole camera from cans or cardboard containers to take experimental photographs of the city centre. You will also get the chance to develop your images using darkroom chemistry.  BSL interpreter present.
SATURDAYS
Date Exhibition Opening Times Workshops Workshop times Workshop Information 
17th November 3pm-7pm Nature / Industry’ Photo Walk with Nicola Maxwell and Michael Davidson (Part 1 of 2 sessions) 12.45pm-3pm Join Nicola Maxwell and Michael Davidson for a photo-walk on which you will take photographs, collect specimens and help build a collective survey of a post industrial area. Maxwell and Davidson are artists who specialise in photography with a particular interest in maps and the stories that can be told about an area through found objects and nature’s intervention. A follow up workshop wil take place on 24th November, 1pm-3pm to share images and experiment with post-production. Please note this is a walking event over hilly terrain and is not suitable for those with mobility issues. Sensible shoes, waterproofs and long trousers advised. Please bring digital camera (camera phone can be used). Meeting point address provided upon booking. Email booking@theculturalspring.org.uk or call 0191 427 8197.
17th November 3pm-7pm Zine making using photograms with Graham Patterson 4pm-6pm Join Graham Patterson for a workshop in which you will make ‘zines using prints made from photograms. Email booking@theculturalspring.org.uk or call: 0191 427 8197.
24th November 3pm-7pm Nature / Industry Workshop – image sharing with Nicola Maxwell and Michael Davidson (Part 2 of 2 sessions) 1pm-3pm Nature / Industry session follow up (for participants of workshop 1). Share and experiment with the images you created to make maps, projections and prints. Drop-in or attend the whole session. Venue confirmed upon booking.
24th November 3pm-7pm Sunderland at Night’ Photo Walk with Jo Howell. 6pm-7pm Leaving Mackie’s Corner at 6pm sharp. Please note this is a walking event – Sensible shoes and clothes advised. Please bring camera of your choice. Please book your place by sending your contact details and name of the workshop you would like to attend to booking@theculturalspring.org.uk or call 0191 427 8197. Further information will be sent on booking.
1st December 3pm-7pm Closing of Exhibition and workshop TBC Wrap up warm for a photography walk that incorporates light drawing with dance. Penella Bee will lead our troupe to the riverside with places to stop for long exposure photography along the way. Bring a tripod and DSLR, and any torches or battery operated lights you may have!

Workshops

As part of the project, we wanted to get as many people who live in Sunderland as involved as possible. Jo had lots of free workshops taking place at different community venues and at outdoor events. The workshops included activities such as how to make a simple camera to create extremely long exposures that capture the movement of the sun. These cameras were made by members of the public and placed around Sunderland as part of #wearexperimenting participation project.

Wear Experimenting Online Experiments

Join WearExperimenting for 3 exciting online photography experiments! We want you to get involved and share your images with us.

  • Can you make a photograph of your mood?
  • Can you take a photograph that describes living and/or working in Sunderland?
  • What does Sunderland sound like?

All of the submissions created and using the hashtag #wearexperimenting will appear on the Wear Experimenting website as part of the Live Feed exhibition. Some of your photographs will be used to create artworks for display in an exhibition in Mackie’s corner in November 2018.

For the full details on the experiments please visit the website

Watch the video above by Roar Motion on the full information on the online experiments.