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Artcore Newsflash

Artcore Newsflash

On behalf of Artcore Gallery we would like to invite you to the launch of our upcoming exhibition: 52 Cameras in 52 Weeks by photographer Tony Kemplen.

Exhibition Launch: Friday 25 June 2021, 5-8pm (book your slot here)
Exhibition Dates: 25 June – 17 July 2021
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday, 11am-5pm

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About the Exhibition

Tony Kemplen has been collecting cameras for over 50 years and in 2010 he decided to use them. For a decade, he has used a different film camera each week of the year – 522 cameras in 10 years. 52 Cameras in 52 Weeks comprises a selection of these photographs and the corresponding cameras used to make them. The collection represents a wide range of cameras, techniques and subjects, and Kemplen’s approach to image-making is every bit as important as the technical aspects of the project.

The cameras range in age from 10 to 100 years and in size from a large format Thornton Pickard Reflex down to a Minox sub-miniature spy camera. There are well known models which many visitors will have used as well as some esoteric cameras which they are unlikely to have seen before. Since 2011, Kemplen has also written a monthly column about the project for Amateur Photographer Magazine and a selection of these periodicals will be available to read in the space. Overall, this exhibition aims to bridge the gap between contemporary art and amateur photography.


About the Artist – Tony Kemplen

Tony Kemplen has exhibited work in Babel at Ikon Gallery in 1999; Encyclopaedia Mundi in 2003 – an ambitious touring project shown in Leeds, Derby and Lancaster, which came to QUAD’s predecessor Q Arts; created work for Futuresonic, the Sheffield Pavilion at Istanbul Biennale in 2009 and for other festivals; and created and exhibited work as part of ‘utk’, a collaboration with three other artists. He has also made a large number of artists’ books, many of them now in national collections.

52 Cameras in 52 Weeks launches on Friday 25 June 5-8pm. Book your slot via this link.


Creative Workshops

Starting next week, our special Evening Courses will resume at Artcore Gallery for adults of all ages and abilities. Courses are delivered by professional artists who will provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere for you to learn all the tips and tricks required to create your personal pottery piece or your own bespoke teddy!

Check out the details below to register to your hand at throwing on the pottery wheel or stitching together a cuddly new friend in our weekly classes.

There are limited spaces on this course and you must book in advance. Click here to register or contact if you have any questions.

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