Workshop: Fertile Grounds - Creating from The Thames
Saturday 21 April, 10.00 – 16.00 & Sunday 22 April, 11.00 – 17.00
Artist Danny Treacy leads a two-day workshop exploring the creative potential of found objects, engaging with the River Thames when visiting at low tide to collect objects left on its banks.
Treacy’s immersive practice incorporates photography, sculpture, collecting and anthropology, often gathering abandoned and discovered objects and making them the subject of his work through transformative processes such as deconstruction, reconstruction and finally photography. This is a rare opportunity to learn about the way he works in and around the city.
The workshop is aimed at photographers interested in developing still-life techniques both on location and in the studio, making use of flash and constant light sources. Participants will make their own photographs that explore photography's ability to document as well as interpret objects.
Day 1: Visiting the Thames foreshore
Following an introduction by Danny Treacy to his own work and conceptual approach, we leave The Photographers' Gallery to explore a section of the Thames foreshore as a group. With Treacy's guidance participants will photograph and collect objects they feel representative of London and the river.
Day 2: In the Studio
The group will discuss and share the objects they have collected. Through their recontextualisation from riverbank to studio, we will work through the various ways in which the items can be photographed and that lighting can be employed, to explore their status as objects. return to the studio to stage and photograph the objects in various ways and combinations in order to explore their meaning and aesthetic value and how this might change from the river to the studio.
Participants are required to bring a digital camera so that work can be presented and shared with each other. Please note that the required permits have been sought and safety materials are provided. No prior experience is necessary.
Danny Treacy works primarily with photography. He has exhibited worldwide, including his first solo exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery in 2008. His work has been featured and discussed in many magazines and publications, including ‘Autofocus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography’, Thames & Hudson, London, 2010 and ‘Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography’, Phaidon Press, London 2006.
“The Thames is constantly in flux and is a profoundly liminal space. Twice a day its banks are hidden by the rising tide and twice a day the water recedes, leaving many various objects. It is this reveal that as an artist I find fascinating and critical to the Thames' relationship to London, because when viewed in this manner, the river acts as London's cultural barometer and the objects left on its banks become extremely relevant as indicators of the city's activity.” - Danny Treacy
£200/£180 members & concessions
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