UWE Bristol photography students help at National Portrait Exhibition at M Shed

Issue date: 19 July 2013

Photography students help at National Portrait Exhibition

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

Organised by National Portrait Gallery, London

M Shed, Bristol

20 July to 3 November, 2013

Five UWE Bristol photography students joined a group of 13 Young Curators aged between 18 and 25 from Knowle West Media Centre and Young Arnolfini, who helped to help develop and market the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 for the Bristol museum.

The UWE Bristol student group includes second year students Katie Morgan, Kelly Lear and Marton Gosztonyi and recent graduates Isla Molleson and Zoe Skeels.

The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world, when the highly acclaimed Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 launches at M Shed on Saturday 20 July.

The exhibition features 60 outstanding portraits from international photographers and comes exclusively to Bristol following huge success at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

The Young Curators informed the hang of the portrait prize – they discussed different approaches to how the photographs could be displayed, the issues surrounding particular portraits and how the placement of the images can affect the experience for the visitor.

The group also helped the Bristol museums service with marketing the exhibition to attract other young people and some made audio recordings about the photographs that had a meaning to them. Visitors will be able to listen to these audios via QR codes in the gallery using their smart phone or mobile technology device.

Katie Morgan from UWE Bristol said, “Working as part of the team for the exhibition has been so exciting and interesting for me. I have managed to work within many different areas including curating, marketing, conservation, hanging and press call. My ideas and decisions have been taken into account and the design I worked on in a group has been the chosen plan so I feel very happy and proud. I am glad to have gained the contacts and experience I have for my future. Working here has made my decision that this is the path for me.”

Kelly Lear from UWE Bristol said “The Young Curators project has given me an insight into the role of a curator and how an exhibition is put together. I have had to consider what photographs compliment and work with each other to create a successful exhibition, something I have not had to think about before. It was a great opportunity to be able to have a say in the curating of such an exciting photographic exhibition”.

Works of the most talented emerging young photographers are showcased, alongside that of established professionals; photography students and gifted amateurs. This year the competition attracted 5,340 submissions from over 2,350 photographers. Judges selected 60 portraits for the exhibition comprising the four prize winners and the winner of the first John Kobal New Work Award - awarded to a photographer under the age of 30. A 72 page catalogue (RRP £15) featuring all the selected photographs will accompany the exhibition.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 will run from Saturday 20 July to Sunday 3 November, 2013. Visitors have a choice to pay what they think the exhibition is worth to them, payment is discretionary.

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