For Oxheys to have been chosen as the first venue outside of London by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) for their National Photography Awards exhibition, was exciting. This was also the first time that the organisation had shown work in an arts venue so it was going to be a different experience for them as well as us but it was one which we think they found enlightening. They loved Oxheys – so much so that they are planning to hold another event here whilst this exhibition is still on.
Each time we hold an exhibition at Oxheys, the project space is transformed and this time it completely changed, offering a very different experience. The response from visitors was again positive and many of those who have been to previous events remarked at how different each show is. That is exactly how we like it and what we strive to achieve but each one becomes that bit more challenging as a result. The clean cut lines and no-fuss display of this photographic exhibition really look contemporary, enhanced in the industrial setting of the mill.
The exhibition preview evening saw a variety of visitors which included many regulars along with some new faces. Some were artists, viewing the work as artists viewing another visual art form whilst in contrast, photographers tend to view other photographers’ work differently and other visitors were there just to enjoy the work and the event. This led to some interesting conversations and many of the photographic contingency seemed to see the exhibition, and the work in it, in a new way, out of its normal environment.
The images being displayed are, of course, stunning as you would expect having won national awards and cover every genre of professional photography from fashion and portraiture, scientific and nature to landscapes and industrial. The Gold, Silver and Bronze winners from each category are on display and almost every visitor had an opinion on which they would have selected and why – making even more interesting conversations.
All visitors to this exhibition are also able to take away a free copy of The Photographer magazine, whilst stocks last.
The exhibition is on until July 28th, open Fridays and Saturdays 11am-4pm – other times/days by appointment only.
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