‘It’s called Ffaswin’ – new exhibition by Clémentine Schneidermann and Charlotte James

A new photography space in Brighton is now open 24 hours a day for passers-by to experience an installed artwork by emerging photographers from this Autumn. The In Between Gallery is a temporary gallery at Fabrica  – Brighton’s Centre for Contemporary Art – that displays photography alongside the main exhibition programme, in a 4 metre by 3 metre window space. 

The currently on show work until 4 October is by Clémentine Schneidermann and Charlotte James. Clémentine Schneidermann is a French photographer based in South Wales. She has developed several personal photography projects engaging with local communities. Charlotte James is a creative director from Merthyr Tydfil, collaborating with her local community and working across fashion and creative direction.

Spring Gurnos, Merthyr 2017 is taken from a series called “It’s called Ffasiwn” an ongoing collaboration between Clémentine Schneidermann, Charlotte James and young people in the South Wales valleys.

For the gallery programme, Fabrica partners with Spectrum Photographic and Brighton Photo Fringe to present photographic work by UK-based artists who consider themselves to be early to mid-career. 

Clémentine and Charlotte met in the Valley’s town, Abertillery, in 2015. Realising their common interest, they began hosting fashion-themed workshops for young people in two youth groups.  They’ve collaborated and worked with the same young people for the past three years. Drawing on their own industry experience, they have taught the young people skills such as sewing, customising clothes and styling. The children helped put together the outfits in the photographs, which were taken by Clémentine.

Deprivation in the South Wales Valleys has been documented for decades. The media has reliably presented the nation with caricatures of unemployment, declining town centres and, more recently, sound bites for unsympathetic reports on Brexit-voting regions. The coverage has rarely sought to explore the complexities of de-industrialisation and what this means for people, families and communities. Clémentine and Charlotte’s business here is not to deny the reality of social deprivation. Instead, they juxtapose this with the vivacity, promise and hope of youth.

The partners are also pleased to announce an open call for the Winter 2019 In Between Gallery programme:

The winter programme for the In Between Gallery will be an open call with photographers asked to submit work. There is no theme to address but artists are asked to choose work that will function well within the context of a large format print set within the window frame. Measurements are approximately: 270cm x 225.5cm. For more information see here https://www.fabrica.org.uk/in-between or contact office@fabrica.org.uk

OPEN CALL is open to artists working in photographic media.

Deadline: 12 noon on Monday 28 October 2019

There is no theme to address but artists are asked to submit work that will function well within the context of a large format print set within the window frame (images below). Measurements are approximately: 270cm x 225.5cm

The window faces directly onto Duke Street, one of Brighton’s busiest pedestrianised quarters, located between The Lanes and Churchill Square, two very popular shopping destinations. The main city centre pubs and clubs are also nearby so the street is normally busy into the evening and through the night.

The image would be exhibited from early December 2019 – early February 2020 when there is no large-scale exhibition in Fabrica’s main space. 

One artist/artist group and one image will be selected..

Information about the selected artist and the image will be featured on the Fabrica website and via promotional materials produced by Fabrica, Brighton Photo Fringe and Spectrum for the duration of the exhibition.

Fabrica will pay an exhibition fee of £150 to the selected artist.

Deadline: Submissions must be received by Fabrica no later than 12 noon on Monday 28 October 2019.

Applications must be in English. Only one image may be submitted. Images can be existing or new work. 

Applications must contain:

  • 1 Low-res image (jpg or png)
  • Title and contextual information concerning the image (doc or pdf)
  • Biography/CV (doc or pdf)
  • A link to the applicants’ or other website where a range of work can be seen

Fabrica

Fabrica is a contemporary art gallery in the heart of Brighton’s historic Lanes. Based in the former Holy Trinity Church, Fabrica responds to the building and its history through a programme of site-specific exhibitions and a diverse engagement programme, using creative and social activity to provoke investigation into how audiences look at the world.

2017 saw Fabrica mark it’s 21st birthday and the bicentenary of the Holy Trinity Church building. Fabrica has worked with artists ranging from Anish Kapoor, Brian Griffiths, and Kaarina Kaikkonen to Brian Eno, Alfredo Jaar, David Shrigley and Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva

Fabrica is a registered charity. Profits from bar sales and venue hire help Fabrica support artists and sustain valuable community work. To support Fabrica further become a member at fabrica.org.uk/forever-fabrica 

Fabrica.org.uk

Spectrum

Spectrum is a professional imaging lab specialising in fine art and photographic printing as well as archival mounting. Situated in the heart of Brighton, our work has been exhibited in art galleries and museums worldwide:  we are proud of our reputation for high quality and pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service. Founded in 1993, Spectrum has flourished into one of the UK’s leading photographic printing and finishing centres.

spectrumphoto.co.uk/

Brighton Photo Fringe

Brighton Photo Fringe is a volunteer-led, collaborative platform providing essential professional development opportunities and peer-support for emerging lens-based artists.

Committed to equality and diversity, BPF’s year-round programme fosters ambition, innovation and self-reliance in artists; nurtures confidence and creativity in participants; and inspires audiences with extraordinary images in unexpected places.

BPF offers focused support of early-career artists, students and amateurs. Renowned for promoting outstanding new talent, BPF connects this nascent talent to new audiences, working with artist-led initiatives and festivals around the country.

photofringe.org/