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:


Twitter / Instagram 

Email at wearexperimenting@gmail.com

Watch the video below:



As part of the project, we want to get as many people who live in Sunderland as involved as possible.

Jo will be having lots of free workshops taking place over the next few months at different community venues and popping up at outdoor events.

The workshops will be taking place on

  • Saturday 13th October, 10am – 4pm, St Marks Church, St Marks Terrace, Sunderland, SR4 7BN
  • Thursday 8th November – Saturday 1st December, Wear Experimenting Exhibition at Mackie’s Corner, Sunderland

How to make a simple camera to create extremely long exposures that capture the movement of the sun. These cameras will be 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 WearExperimenting 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