Friday, 19 November 2010
Since my last blog I won a place in the 53 Degrees North Exhibition, at the New School House Gallery, York.
This was a brilliant experience, as though I didn't win a chance to be an artist in residence as the lucky Hannah Lovett did with this fantastic Recycled glass and wool piece:
I did manage to secure a volunteer position at the gallery, gaining important exhibition experience for the future. Some of the work included in the graduates exhibition was amazing. It wasn't just a photography gallery. The New School House are more well known for their lovely displays of ceramic work, but the 53 Degrees North work was a massive array of every style of art you could imagine, from paintings to glass work, from etchings to jewellery and woolen illusionary work. The position lasted for 2 months and the experience landed me a job with the Pyramid Gallery, York, a few days a week! The Pyramid Gallery's Artists are mainly Jewellers but yet again contains such a variety of works you see something different every time you go in.
Luckily for me! Only a week or two after leaving the New School House Hallery I was recommended (by the owners of the New School House Gallery) for a new exhibition at the Bank Street Arts Centre in Sheffield, opening on the 23rd of November. The Exhibition is titled 'Minutiae' with an obvious connection to my genre of photography.
The Open evening with drinks all round is on the 25th November! 6-8pm
It would be fantastic to see a few familiar faces and I know a few people in Sheffield, so pop in for a free glass of wine and some thought-provoking work!
Millennium, an agency that sells reproduction rights also approached me at the Association of Photographers exhibition and asked if I would like to sell my work through them. They also granted me a position in the Graduate 2010 gallery, an exhibition online of photography graduates this year.
So also take a look here to see my work in The Graduate 2010 Gallery online!
I've had quite a few fun-filled and busy months getting my work "out there". I hope it gets me somewhere :)
Sunday, 18 July 2010
On the 16th of July 2010, I became Victoria Ellory, BA (With Hons)
My Ceremony took place at 2.30pm, I nearly missed my group shot of my class and the running to catch it resulted in a slip in the mud but I managed to get there in the end!
The day was fantastic and everything it's cracked up to be. I wouldn't have missed it for the world, getting to say goodbye one last time, hugging teachers you never thought you'd hug, and shaking hands with people you've never met before! I don't believe I have ever been as nervous as I was, the moments leading up to the walk across the stage, with the view of thousands of people. I thought I would be the one to fall over, or do something silly, but it was fine! I can barely remember the words of inspiration that were spoken between me and the Chancellor for it went straight over my head trying to keep upright. It took me approx 50 tries (not even exaggerating) to hair-grip and re-hair-grip my hat until it was secure, and it stayed on for the stage and luckily only fell of the moment I sat back down! AND it was the smallest size. This was the day I discovered I had an abnormally small head! You learn something new everyday!
To sum up... never miss the opportunity to attend your own graduation ceremony. There is something ritual in the attending of the occasion. It was a day of realisation that I am no longer a student! But most effectively it made me so proud of my self to have achieved something! I felt an almost spiritual satisfaction in having my photograph taken with a fake scoll? The discovery of adding letters to my name was an exciting one, and it simply changed my entire frame of mind, having been on a bit of sluggish route since leaving my student accomodation. It made me think optimistically of the future!
...And now the real world awaits....
Just a quick photo of the layout of my work at the AOP Gallery, which ran from the 30th of June to the 3rd of July in London. There was a good turn-out. I spoke to a few people about my work, and received one email regarding submitting my images to an agency! So overall, a successful exhibition :)
Saturday, 3 July 2010
The Exhibition in Stoke-on-Trent went really well. The opening evening was so packed you could barely move! I had a lot of interest in my work and even got the chance to see the first reaction to my images at the open evening :)It went like this:
The observer looked at my images... read the accompanying artist statement, then looked back to the photographs.... Then the look of realisation and surprise! Then they grabbed their partner and explained... then the look of realisation and surprise again! It was the perfect beginning to a wonderful night. I received a lot of feedback in my comments book. Here are a few of them:-
"Amazing! Your work would inspire primary children." - Sharon Partridge
"Absolutely Love these pictures! Could look at them for hours and that's coming from someone who doesn't usually like art! Well Done! Keep it up!" - Unknown
"Excellent! Fooled/tricked my eye/ brain... Clever + well executed. Love your long thin business cards too. All very well done" - Penny Vincent (Senior Lecturer, Arts Media & Design)
Thank you to those who attended the opening night, and especially those who commented in my book, it was much appreciated and really gave me an optimistic outlook of my work and future. Here is the link to the Art and Design show titled - "Amaze" for students graduating 2010, where you can find all the other artists in every department that took part this year.
Friday, 30 April 2010
Staffordshire University will be exhibiting my Photographic Degree Show titled, "Smaller than Life." The Big Opening is on the 11th June at 6.30pm until 9.30pm and remains open until the 19th. The addess is Staffordshire University, College Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2DE. My work will be surrounded by 30 of my very talented equals ranging from Fashion Photography to Documentary, Still Life to Portraiture and is definitely worth a visit.
The show then moves on to the Association of Photographers Gallery, 81 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4QS and opens to the public on the evening of the 30th June until the 3rd of July.
My Images act as a play on your logical perceptions. Through my own personal escapism I have produced optical illusions and alternate realities to share with others. The images shake everything you think you think you know about the way you see things.
Human beings tend to reconstruct nonsensical information into anything that makes sense and the way my images have been made suggest the subjects are miniature models. BUT The pictures are actually of real sized people and places and only through a technical photographic process do I change the way your eyes take the information in. My photographs are made to be enjoyed so I hope to see you there on the opening evening. And if you do show your face, prepare to be astounded.