PEER FORUM at The Photographers’ Gallery

Current project 2016 2017

The 2018 Peer Forum award at The Photographers’ Gallery has been awarded to Rowan Lear who will be working with Victoria Louise Doyle, Luci Eldridge, Victoria Fornieles, Dawn M Gaietto, Leanne Bell Gonczarow, Oliver Griffin, Freddy Griffiths, James Hankey, Melanie King, Dafna Talmor , Catherine M Weir Oliver Raymond-Barker under the group name of Planetary Processing 

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Keep updated on this peer groups activities by visiting their website, Planetary Processing.

Victoria Louise Doyle is an artist based between London and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In 2016, she received a BA in Photography from London College of Communication and is currently undertaking an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art. Victoria is a member of the research group Writing Photographs, a strand of The Photography and The Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub at UAL. Working across photography, writing, sculpture and installation, her practice revolves around a continued exploration into the ontology of Photography. Her work operates in relation to the notion of image as object, and at present she is seeking to establish Place as an essential characteristic of the photograph.

Luci Eldridge’s practice is concerned with the scientific visioning of landscape as seen from satellites or through the cameras on spacecraft and rovers on other worlds. She is interested in how landscape is re-presented as digital images as a means to gain new knowledge. Her work combines traditional printmaking techniques, lens based media and collage with fictional visualisations constructed in 3D software, 3D printing, and projection. At the heart of her work lies the notion of reconstructed landscape and the role technology plays in forming humanity’s relationship to both the Earth and other planets. Luci works as a Teaching Fellow in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) and as an Associate Lecturer in Visual Culture at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

Victoria Fornieles (UK, 1986) lives and works in London. Having completed her BA Hons at the University of Creative Arts in 2009 she graduated from her MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art in June 2017. She is an alumni of School of the Damned, a self-organised nomadic alternative art school. She has been exhibited nationally and internationally as well as being Artist in Residence at the Cyprus School of Art in 2013, was awarded a place on a residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2016 as well as a residency at Banff Art Centre in Canada early in 2018.

Dawn M Gaietto is a lens-based artist working and living in London. As a research student at the Slade School of Fine Art, her project What is happening here? [exploits of the nonhuman] is an extended proposal for the term anthrodecentric art. Dissecting small components of the agency of a nonhuman allows for the momentary lapse in preconceived notions, the entertaining of a conceptual framework in which the non-human acts upon and influences the existence of a human. A recent project focused on the instantiation of a functional pigeon loft within a gallery space. This intervention allowed for a potential reconfiguring of viewership–creating new formulations of sustainability–both in the art making practices and a wider practice of being-in-the-world.

Leanne Bell Gonczarow takes photographs and presents them in a variety of contexts: sculptures, installations, books, and the internet. The elemental stuff of photography – light – is subject and material in works that aim to provoke a prolonged contemplation of their origin, material manifestation and presentation. Through a focus on the various languages used to describe light – visual, scientific/technical, coded and literary/poetic – her practice interrogates the nature of the digital image. Leanne was born in County Durham in 1978 and has lived and worked in Newcastle, Manchester and London, UK. She holds an MA Visual Arts: Book Arts (Distinction) from Camberwell College of Arts (2007). She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably in Moscow, Russia where she spent three years teaching in an art school. She is now based in Edinburgh, recently starting a practice-based PhD currently titled ‘Deep Time, Techno-fiction and Materialisation – An Archaeology of the Digital Image’.

Oliver Griffin (born 1983) is a British visual artist currently living and working in London and Berlin. Griffin creates typologies of objects and situations that explore the mundane, the boring, and the everyday; these primarily take the form of photographic prints, sculptures and artist’s books. His subjects include house-keys, domestic ceilings, light switches, fence panels, his glasses, parked cars, and skid marks left on gymnasium floors by BMX bikes. His work is characterised by a wry detachment.

Freddy Griffiths’s work deals primarily with the recognition and exploration of the physicality of photography. It seeks to illustrate connections between the image and its physical manifestation. He considers photography to be entering a new realm of use, in which the paper support previously so essential is now hardly relevant. Griffiths aims to consider what implications this has for photography as a medium, in an increasingly dissipated post medium world. These investigations into photographic materiality are often process led, frequently centred around performative actions, such as long walks, or other physical explorations such as rock climbing or riding a bicycle. By taking this approach Griffiths hopes to demonstrate a relationship between physical effort and the tangible production of material meaning. He works between Nottingham, London and South Wales.

James Hankey is an artist based between CAST (Cornubian Art and Science Trust) in Cornwall and Bristol, and has exhibited widely across the UK. His practice develops through photographic, performative and often absurdist processes of production that reflect on and conflate local histories and wider ecologies. Recent photographic experiments attempt to blur and to question the transition between still and moving image by developing in-camera composite images using a large format camera.

Melanie King is a multi-disciplinary artist, with a specific focus on astronomy. Melanie is currently studying towards a practice based PhD at the Royal College of Art which looks at historical and contemporary astronomical images. Melanie’s practice explores the intrinsic connection between humans, materials and phenomena existing beyond the Earths’ atmosphere. She primarily uses sun, moon and starlight to cause effects on photosensitive materials. Melanie can often be found in the darkroom, and is known for her work with silver gelatin materials, cyanotype and daguerreotype. Melanie also explores materiality in relation to traditional printmaking processes, using meteorite-imbued ink to create a series of photo-etchings. Melanie’s practice is focused upon demonstrating how humanity, planet earth and the greater universe are intimately connected. In the current ecological climate, Melanie believes that it is particularly important to consider our relationship to our home planet. Melanie is the co-director of Lumen Studios, super/collider and the London Alternative Photography Collective.

Rowan Lear is an artist, writer and organiser. Her materials are old and new media, found images and objects, and language itself, culminating in texts, installations and experimental photomedia. She has contributed to photography publications and participated in exhibitions, talks, reading groups, residencies and symposia across the UK and further afield. Rowan is a PhD candidate at UWL as part of Thinking the Image, where her research examines gesture, agency and automation in the evolution of camera technologies. She co-organises wrkwrkwrk, a London-based feminist study group, and teaches photography theory at Ffotogallery, Cardiff. Rowan is currently developing a photobook around mineral extraction, accelerated agriculture and sensation in scientific and photographic processes.

Dafna Talmor is an artist and lecturer based in London whose practice encompasses photography, curation and collaborations. Her photographs are included in public collections such as Deutsche Bank, Hiscox and private collections internationally. Recently commissioned by FT Weekend Magazine (Photo London 2018 supplement), her work has been featured in publications such as Elephant, Camera Austria, ArtReview, Hotshoe, BJP, Photomonitor, BLOW, Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera by Robert Shore (Laurence King Publishing) and Alternative Photographic Processes: Crafting Handmade Images by Brady Wilks (Focal Press). Shortlisted for the MACK First Book Award 2018 and the recipient of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Awards (2017, 2014 & 2013), the Breathing SPACE Bursary (2016) and Photofusion Select Bursary Award (2013), Talmor was a series finalist for the Renaissance Photography Prize (2013) and received the IV Daniela Chappard Biennale Photography Award (2007).

Catherine M Weir is a visual artist and researcher based in Glasgow. Her work has been exhibited at galleries nationally, including group shows at The Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh), Street Level Photoworks (Glasgow), and The Victoria and Albert Museum (London). Her 2012 work Brownie Digital was also featured in the book Digital Revolution, published to accompany a major exhibition at The Barbican (London). In 2014, the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) awarded her an Arts and Humanities Research Council Studentship to undertake practice-based PhD research at The Glasgow School of Art, which she is due to complete in 2018. She also holds an MFA in Computational Studio Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London; and a BA(Hons) in Photographic and Electronic Media from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.

Oliver Raymond-Barker is an artist living and working in Cornwall. His practice encompasses photography in its broadest sense, using analogue and digital processes, natural materials and camera less methods of image making. He has exhibited work nationally and internationally, most recently in South Korea for the exhibition Breathing Art and at Four Corners gallery, London. From 2014 – 2015 he was creative Associate at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute where he collaborated with Dr. Caitlin De Silvey and Dr. Chris Bryan on The Natural Alchemy project. His work has been published in numerous books and magazines including Dark Mountain, a project publishing anthologies of poetry, fiction and art that challenge the root assumptions of our culture.


Previous PEER FORUM Groups at The Photographers’ Gallery


In 2017 The Photographers’ Gallery hosted a peer mentoring group established by Thom Bridge who worked with artists Andrew Bruce  , Emma Ingeborg Bäcklund, Philipp Dorl ,Kim Jakobsen To, Maria Kapajeva , Laura Hensser, Julie Hill , Helen McGhie, Ryan L. Moule, Anja Olofgörs, Martin Seeds and Monica Takvam. The group is continuing working together under the name Field/s

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The PEER FORUM 2016 Group selected for The Photographers’ Gallery consisted of: Lewis Bush (Lead artist), Alma Haser, Tim Mitchell, Tina Remiz, Max Colson, Jocelyn Allen, Clare Hewitt, Christopher Bethell, Andrew Youngson and Marcia Chandra.

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You can listen to Lewis Bush in conversation with Artquest about his experiences of the PEER FORUM programme below.


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