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A White House on Paradise Street


My exhibition, A White House on Paradise Street is currently running at BOM (Birmingham Open Media), 1 Dudley Street, Birmingham until 19th August. The exhibition is open from 12-5pm Wednesdays - Sundays until 19th August 2017.

For further information about the exhibition please see www.paradisestreet.co.uk

A White House on Paradise Street

17th June  – 19th August 2017

Jo Gane in collaboration with Pete James and Leon Trimble

This project is inspired by the absence of what has been claimed by some writers to be the first photographic image made in Birmingham and potentially the first image made in England using the daguerreotype process*1. The image is said to have depicted a White House on Paradise Street and is thought to have been made by George Shaw in late August or early September 1839.

This new artwork by Jo Gane in collaboration with photographic historian Pete James and digital artist Leon Trimble combines historic and contemporary techniques to extend the latent possibilities of this missing image.

In response to research by Pete James, the exhibition places small time-machine camera devices around the city in locations relevant to key moments and events in the early history of photography in Birmingham. These devices are constructed using historic techniques in mahogany by master cabinetmaker Jamie Hubbard, to resemble the Wolcott daguerreotype camera patented in 1840. Leon Trimble has hacked the cameras with Raspberry Pi’s, making them able to live stream analogue images from inside the camera back into the gallery space and online. As time machines, these devices mine the contemporary landscape to make visible the history of the city’s role as the ‘midwife to the birth of photography’*2 in the early 19th Century.

Alongside the live streams of indistinct, soft images from within the camera devices, which are reminiscent of even earlier attempts to produce photographic images a series of sharp, detailed new Daguerreotypes by Jo Gane produced at Mike Robinson’s Century Darkroom render fragments of what may have been visible on Shaw’s original Daguerreotype plate into focus within this new digital landscape, inspired by fragments of the past.

*1 Daguerreotypes are one of the first methods of making a photograph invented in August 1839 by Louis Daguerre in Paris, using a highly polished sheet of silver plated copper which is made light sensitive by fuming over iodine then developed with hot mercury before gilding with a gold chloride solution to produce one-off images that appear as if they are a ‘mirror with a memory’.

*2 from Birmingham Reminisces (Second Series) ‘The Pioneers of Photography in Birmingham,’ Birmingham Daily Mail, 28th January 1880

image by Nick Hynan Photography 

 

 



Developed in Birmingham


The programme for Developed in Birmingham is now live at www.developedinbirmingham.com

Developed in Birmingham is a season of hands-on workshops, talks, walks and events which reveal, explore and celebrate the city’s significant role in the early history of photography. 

The programme connects and expands on two complementary exhibitions in Birmingham; Thresholds, a virtual reality exhibition by Mat Collishaw and A White House on Paradise Street by Jo Gane with Pete James and Leon Trimble. Developed in Birmingham presents a variety of exciting events in a range of venues and public spaces across the city.

The season of events has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England, University of Birmingham, Argentea Gallery and Millennium Point and is supported by BOM (Birmingham Open Media), Waterstones, Wild in Art and Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and neighbouring development, Paradise.

image: Daguerreotype of George Shaw c.1840



A White House on Paradise Street / Developed in Birmingham


Things are now progressing at a pace with the project A White House on Paradise Street to launch at BOM (Birmingham Open Media) on 16th June 2017.

We have had additional funding confirmed from Arts Council England to run a whole summer programme of events and activities around early Photography in Birmingham which will be titled Developed in Birmingham. There are some really exciting things planned.

Two new websites are in development and links shall be posted once they go live, shortly.

Continue watching this space for updates.



University of Birmingham Pinhole workshop


I'll be leading a pinhole photography workshop at University of Birmingham's Research and Cultural Collections Study Centre on Wednesday 7th June from 2-5pm.

The workshop will allow participants to use recycled materials to construct a working analogue pinhole camera which can be used to photograph the area around the Research and Cultural Collections Study Centre, particularly exploring links to the history of women at the University. Analogue negative images will be made on silver gelatin paper that will be processed during the workshop using a small portable darkroom, then ‘printed’ using your own smartphone technology.

There will also be the opportunity to explore the photographic collections, including historic analogue cameras and diverse photographic archives, held by Research and Cultural Collections.

For more information and to book, please visit the University website here.

This event is part of the programme accompanying the exhibition Making Space: Celebrating Women at the University of Birmingham.  



Leamington Spa Museum and Gallery Pinhole workshop


I'm leading a pinhole Photography workshop at Leamington Spa Museum and Gallery which will allow participants to photograph the landscape surrounding the gallery using a pinhole camera made from a recycled drinks can and develop images in my portable darkroom.

The workshop runs on Saturday 3rd June from 11-4pm.

For more details and to book please visit the museum website here. 



Historic Cameras with Liz Hingley for Making Space at University of Birmingham


I have spent a wonderful few weeks working at the Research and Cultural Collections study centre at University of Birmingham, alongside photographer Liz Hingley to create images using antique cameras for the exhibition Making Space: Celebrating Women at the University of Birmingham.

I have greatly enjoyed spending time at the RCC known affectionatley as Redmarley, a beautiful house which houses a fascinating collection within a welcoming domestic space.

It was a priviledge to be able to work on such an inspiring project with a driven group of talented women. Working on the project was made particularly special as I was able to work with my new 4 month old daughter, blurring the boundaries of work and family in a way which felt like the ideal working situation.

Here is an image of Liz with my daughter Minnie taken as a quick exposure test, which I feel captures the special atmosphere of the project.

I am hoping to produce more work here in the future, watch this space.



Private Commission based on Alternative Suns


I have produced the first new image in almost 10 years for the Alternative Suns series as a private commission for a client from McDermott galleries who remembered the original series when it was shown in the city in 2007.

I greatly enjoyed re-visiting the work and spending some contemplative nights in the Alvechurch countryside with a large format camera and slide sheet film creating the image below, which has been printed at a large scale for the client's beautiful Georgian home.



Light Painting Workshops


I've greatly enjoyed teaching light painting workshops, allowing young people to draw with light by using slow exposure Photography at Birmingham Museum as part of the programme of events for the Hundreds and Thousands exhibition. 

Children danced and ran excitedly to make some fantastic explosive images whilst older teenagers and adults were able to write and drawing a more measured, controlled way.

Here is one of my favourite lively images made by dancing young children.



Two new Pinhole Photography Workshops


I'm pleased to be getting back to teaching workshops after a short break for a new baby, I'll be leading two pinhole photography workshops in early June at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum on Saturday 3rd June from 11am - 6pm and University of Birmingham on Wednesday 7th June from 2-5pm.

For more details and to book please follow the links above.



A White House on Paradise Street


A collaborative exhibition by Jo Gane, Pete James and Leon Trimble to launch in May 2017

This exhibition is inspired by the absence of what has been claimed by some writers to be the first photographic image made in Birmingham. Some of these same authors have also suggested that this was potentially the first daguerreotype made in England.

Using apparatus imported from France, the image - said to depict a White House on Paradise Street - is thought to have been made by George Shaw in late August or early September 1839. Shaw’s role as a patent agent, professor of chemistry and his position within scientific and commercial circles in and beyond Birmingham have led some to speculate that he was able to access privileged early information about Daguerre’s invention and to use this to make this important yet enigmatic image.

In response to research by Pete James and working in collaboration with BOM Fellow, Leon Trimble, Jo Gane is making new work that combines historic and contemporary techniques and extends the latent possibilities of this missing image.

The exhibition places small Time Machines around the city in locations relevant to key moments and events in the early history of photography in Birmingham. These Time Machine devices resemble the historic Wolcott daguerreotype camera yet are powered by Raspberry Pi’s and have the capability to live stream images that are not fixed photographically from within the camera. They mine the contemporary landscape to make visible the history of the city’s role as the midwife to the birth of photography in the early 19th Century.

Alongside the live stream of indistinct, soft images from within the camera devices, which are reminiscent of even earlier attempts to produce photographic images a series of sharp, detailed new Daguerreotypes on show in the gallery render fragments of what may have been visible on Shaw’s original Daguerreotype plate into focus within this new digital landscape inspired by fragments of the past.

This project will be presented as part of a series of collaborative and companion exhibitions and projects brought together by BOM that explores the early history of photography, including ‘Thresholds’ by Mat Collishaw which will be shown simultaneously at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

This exhibition has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts



Time Machines exhibition opens at Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre


I've curated a room titled 'Time Machines' about cameras and the history of photographic processes for Warwick Arts Centre's latest exhibition at Mead Gallery '1/125 of a Second' by Dublin based artist, Gerard Byrne which runs from 16th January - 12th March 2016. 

The exhibition area takes inspiration from Gerard Byrne’s interest in the mechanisms behind imagery and how these evolve with our thinking over time. It aims to shed light on how photographic processes have developed from the Camera Obscura to the present day, along with where Photography may be headed in the future.

It includes several activities that visitors can get involved with, from making a fake daguerreotype to producing a collage using materials inspired by the exhibition to be displayed in the space or taken home. The room also contains a mini camera obscura cupboard that can be used as a drawing device, with your drawing then being hung in the space as part of an interactive diagram, produced by Birmingham Camera Obscura.

Also outside there is a shed that has been converted to function as a camera obscura which will be open on sunny days so that you can experience standing inside a camera and view the upside down projections created simply by the action of light.

I'll be running some workshops at the Mead in Pinhole photography during February half term, along with the fantastic team from Birmingham Camera Obscura, Pete Ashton and Jenny Duffin. Dates are as follows;

  • Tuesday 16th February, 12-5pm: Camera Obscura drop in sessions
  • Wednesday 17th February 1-3pm: Family Pinhole Photography workshop - booking required
  • Saturday 20th February 1-3pm: Advanced Pinhole Photography workshop - booking required.

For more details and to book, please follow the link to the gallery website here.



Open Daguerreotype talk and partial demo


I'll be talking about the progress on my project to make some Daguerreotypes, pitfalls of the process and demonstrating what I'm up to with working with this tricky but fascinating process at.

BOM (Birmingham Open Media),

1 Dudley St,

B5 4EG

On Wednesday 30th September 2015 between 11.30 am - 1.30 pm.

 

 



The JHB Archive 23/1961 or 28/1961 opens at BOM


Private View: 10th September 2015

Exhibition Runs 11th September - 3rd October 2015

Open Tues - Sat 10.30 - 5pm

23/1961 or 28/1961 is an exhibition inspired by the possibilities of a missing sculpture made by Julian Henry Beck (1914-2012) a Midlands based artist, engineer and photographer. The sculpture was purchased by Nuneaton Museum in the 1960s and accessioned into their permanent collection but has since disappeared, leaving behind only a truncated record of its description and location.

The artists included in the exhibition were selected from an open call that invited responses to make new works based around the data available about the sculpture.

Associated Events:

Curators talk / tour - Wednesday 16th September

 



Open Submission Selected Artists for BOM Exhibition


I'm pleased to announce that I'll be working with the following artists as part of the JHB Archive 23/1961 or 28/1961 exhibition at BOM in September.

Alison Carlier
Briony Clarke
Christoph Bangert
David Penny
Dorothea Nold
Giada Totaro
Jacqueline Butler
Jane Ball
Jane Hoodless
Janet Farahar
Karl Bielik
Kate V Robertson
Katherine di Turi
Michael Lightbourne
Pete Ashton
Sayako Sugawara
Steve Carrick
Tete de Alencar
Tom Milnes
Wiebke Leister

The artists have been selected by a panel consisting of Caitlin Griffiths, Myself and Karen Newman from an open submission opportunity funded by Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts.

The selected artists work in a diverse range of media and all artists presented a high quality and original proposal which responds to the brief of a sculpture belonging to JHB that was lost by Nuneaton Museum and now exists only as the data stored on the accession record, until September when the sculpture will be reimagined in 20 new forms.

The exhibition opens with a preview at BOM (Birmingham Open Media), 1 Dudley Street, Birmingham on 10th September from 6-8pm then runs from 11th September – 3rd October 2015.

 



Museum of London workshops


I'll be leading a workshop in pinhole photography this Saturday, 18th July at Museum of London as part of events surrounding their exhibition of work by Christina Broom, one of the first female photojournalists working at the turn of the century.

The workshop will give participants an insight into the techniques Broom was using as well as providing an opportunity for you to make and photograph with a cardboard pinhole box camera. The negative images produced will then be printed using both analogue and digital smartphone techniques.

For more details and to book please click here.

 



Swiss Cottage Gallery Pinhole photography workshop


I'll be running a free Pinhole photography workshop at Swiss Cottage Gallery as part of Cityread London on Sunday May 16th 2015. Come along for a chance to make your own camera using recycled materials and photograph the area around the gallery using slow exposures to create a ghostly vision of London which links with Cityread's focus on Ben Aaronovitch's 'Rivers of London'. More information is here.



BOM talk now online


A video of my talk at BOM on 10th April 2015 about the research I'm doing into Dags along with my project about Jo Beck's missing sculpture is now online, you can view it here



Project Daguerreotype Blog


I've set up the blog ProjectDag to record my progress as I begin to work with Daguerreotypes this year as the project is gaining momentum and needs its own space. 

You can access it here or at

www.projectdag.wordpress.com

Have a look to see the laser cut Wolcott camera I have recently created, courtesy of Guy Brown.



Open Submission Exhibition Opportunity


I'm pleased to invite submissions for a group exhibition of emerging to mid-career artists supported by Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts. The exhibition will be held at BOM (Birmingham Open Media) throughout September 2015. Selected artists will receive a fee of £300 to produce work for the exhibition. Work submitted must respond to the brief below, however the way in which work relates to the brief is left open to interpretation.

Brief:

In 1961 Nuneaton Museum purchased a sculpture by Julian Henry Beck, an artist, engineer and photographer. This sculpture has since gone missing and all that remains is the truncated accession record. Artists are invited to produce a version of this sculpture in any media based upon the information that has been recorded. This may take any form and could also be based on more ephemeral elements of the sculpture such as what it would sound or smell like. As the accession record exists as digital data, submissions that interpret the data using digital technologies and processes are particularly encouraged.

For more details on how to apply please download the PDF here



BOM Research Talk


I'll be talking about the beginnings of my research into early photographic processes and a collaborative project to remake a lost sculpture by Julian Henry Beck on Friday 10th April 2015 at 12.30pm at BOM.

This talk was postponed from Wednesday 25th March due to unforseen circumstances.

For more details, please click here for more details on the BOM website.



Arts Council England Funding


I have been awarded funding from Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts scheme to support a new exhibition at Birmingham Open Media (BOM) in September and some research and development work into making Daguerreotypes.

The exhibition will be a collaborative group exhibition in which up to 25 artists working in a wide variety of media will recreate a lost sculpture by Julian Henry Beck, based on the accession data about the missing work held by Nuneaton Museum. The artists involved will be selected through an open submission process.

Further updates about this will follow shortly, watch this space.



BOM Fellowship


I'm excited to be working at BOM (Birmingham Open Media) throughout 2015 as one of their fellows, joining a hugely inspiring creative network. I'll be using the time and space to investigate historic processes and create new collaborative work in the JHB archive.

BOM is an amazing new art and technology space close to New Street Station where lots of very interesting things will be happening, for more details go to their website here.



Nuneaton Museum Exhibition


The exhibition of The JHB Archive at Nuneaton Museum in Riversley Park, Nuneaton is now open and runs from Saturday 1st November 2014 until Sunday 14th December 2014. Opening Times are as follows:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30am until 4.30pm
Sunday: 2.00pm until 4.30pm
Bank Holidays: 10.30am until 4.30pm
 
A closing event will be held in December, watch this space for updates.


Herbert Art Gallery Workshops


I'll be running a couple of events at the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry as part of Jason Tilley's exhibition 'The People of India' which opens on 26th September 2014, Details are below - for more information and to book, please contact the gallery here

Pinhole Photography Workshop 

Saturday 25 October
 
11:00 to 4pm 
 
£15
 
Photography does not require expensive cameras - this workshop offers an opportunity to make your own pinhole camera using recycled materials and photograph using this camera in the area surrounding the gallery. Using simply daylight and chemicals to make negative images that you can process during the course of the workshop. 
 
Historic Portrait Studio

Saturday 22 November

10:00 to 4:00

£5, drop-in.

A unique chance to make a portrait of yourself with photographer Jo Gane.  Using antique brass and wood cameras and the 19th century technique of wet collodian photography she will take your portrait and produce a one-off ambrotype image on metal. Put the magic back in the photography by taking part in the mysterious process that produces a distinctive portrait for you to keep.



Brighton Photo Fringe Open


New work from the series 'Machines for Modern Living' currently in progress have been selected along with 18 artists for a showcase as part of Brighton Photo Fringe which runs alongside the Brighton Photo Biennale.

The showcase will run from 4th October to 2nd November 2014. More information can be found here.



Photography and Installation Exhibition


I'll be exhibiting some new work, currently still in progress titled 'Machines for Moidern Living' as part of an exhibition exploring contemporary Photography and Installation at Oxford House in Bethnal Green, London from 6th - 14th October 2014. Join us for the private view on the evening of Tuesday 7th October.

Other photographers involved are LCC Alumni:

Diane Bielk, Elisa Noguera Lopez, Ella Bryant, Francesca Hitzeman, Ian Rudgewick Brown, Jochen Klein, Katja Meyer, Kevin Newark, Lydia Goldblatt, Marcella Simeone, Maria Garofova, Minna Pollanen, Pablo Antoli, Peter Ainsworth, Richard Kolker, Sara Wellenkamp, Sayako Sugawara, Teresa Eng, Michael Rodgers.



Lacock Abbey


I've just returned from a weekend shooting Wet Plate Collodion at Lacock Abbey, former home to photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot and the location of the Fox Talbot Museum. 

I had a fantastic weekend renewing my interest in this magical process and creating some images for fun which may influence future projects, watch this space...

Many thanks to Tony Richards and Mark Voce for organising the weekend and inviting me.



Imprint Exhibition


'Imprint' curated by Claire Reece at Old House Museum, Bakewell

I will be showing some work from The JHB Archive series in an exhibition titled 'Imprint' curated by Claire Reece at Bakewell Old House Museum from 8th - 21st September 2014. The exhibition investigates the link between photography and memory and also includes works by Tugcce Karapinar, Hannah Mitchell and Lauren Spencer

Join us for the preview on Saturday the 13th of September 2014 between 4-6pm.

More information and directions can be found here



Mead Gallery Workshops completed


Many thanks to the Mead Gallery at Warwick Arts Centre for a lovely week working in the beautiful space of the Helen Martin studio with fantastic, helpful stewards.

All who attended had an interesting time and Primary school children from across the West Midlands were engaged by making their own pinhole cameras and shooting images inspired by the exhibition, 'All That is Solid Melts Into Air' in our historic portrait studio.

More images and feedback from participants can be found here.



Nuneaton Museum Exhibition


I'm currently making new documents for the JHB archve which will be shown at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery in Riversley Park from early November 2014, watch this space for further updates.



Mead Gallery Workshops


I'll be running some family pinhole and portrait photography based workshops at Warwick Arts Centre's Mead Gallery in May and June 2014 to run alongside an exhibition curated by Jeremy Deller 'All that is Solid Melts into Air'. Further details can be found here.



Library of Birmingham Photographers' Wall


An image from the JHB Archive will be shown at Library of Birmingham in their first Photographers' Wall show. 

The exhibition opens on Thursday 23rd January 2014 and runs until 18th April on the Mezzanine floor.

Further details can be found here



Nostalgia for the Future (Past) Catalogue


The exhibition at Roots gallery has now finished, however if you missed seeing the work in the flesh the full exhibition catalogue can be downloaded here.

 



Welcome to my new website


Welcome to my re-designed website, content is currently being uploaded and it will soon be fully up to date. I hope you enjoy looking around!