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TRI-POD @ Photofusion | Project Development Workshop

Are you feeling stuck creatively?

Do you need to set goals for your personal project?

Would you benefit from peer support and facilitated feedback to help move your project forward?

This workshop, which includes six sessions, is aimed at photographers and visual artists using photography who have a personal project in progress. “In progress” could mean that you have an idea but haven’t started work, or that you’re currently shooting a body of work, or that you’re wrapping up a project but need to bring it all together. This workshop will support a group of participants in the research and development of a personal project using a variety of different strategies including facilitated peer support. Miranda Gavin facilitate all sessions.

We will look at previous personal projects, develop strategies for creative working practice, and discuss the various challenges and blocks that can prevent a project from moving forward. The last session will include feedback and guidance from two industry professionals who, in the past, have included Laura Noble (Director of L A Noble Gallery (LANG) and writer and curator Sue Steward.

The project can be a documentary, editorial or an art-based body of work. You can be at any stage with the project as long as it is a body of work that is still in progress.

This workshop will take place at Photofusion twice monthly over three months on Thursdays from 18:00 – 21:00. The dates are as follows:

  • 29 September 2016
  • 13 October 2016
  • 27 October 2016
  • 10 November 2016
  • 24 November 2016
  • 1 December 2016

To Book 
FULL PRICE: £300 (book online)
MEMBERS’ PRICE: £255 (phone to book – 020 7738 5774)


Tri-Pod Workshop Artists Exhibiting at BPB & BPF 2014











Photographic Artists who took part in our Tri-Pod workshop at Photofusion in 2012, Myka Baum and Jonathan Goldberg and Tee Chandler and Barry Falk who are currently taking part in our 6 month on-going project development group in Brighton, are all exhibiting this year at Brighton Photo Biennial/Fringe.

Myka met one of our mentors, Sue Steward during the Tri-Pod weekend workshop and Sue continued to support Myka’s work and selected her for an exhibition she’s curated for Photo Hastings titled ‘Autumn Germination, the Sprouting of New Ideas’, at The Photo Fringe, Collectives’ Hub, 7th Floor, Vantage Point, Brighton.

Jonathan was successfully selected for the Biennial ‘One Planet’ commission in collaboration with FotoDocument & Photoworks and is exhibiting his project at Brighton Train Station.

Tee Chandler who is part of Merge Collective has been selected to exhibit ‘Sea of Plastic’ at the Photo Fringe Collectives’ Hub and Barry Falk’s exhibition ‘Incidental Spaces’ is showing at Gallery 40, Gloucester Terrace from the 13th Oct. It’s great to see all these artists projects flourish and relationships developed through the Tri-Pod network grow.

Statement from Myka Baum ….

Miss Havisham's Larder 1 / Tomato Webb












Since the professional development workshop with Tri-pod I continued to meet regularly with a peer support group established following on from the workshop. Since then I attended some short courses to develop technique and skills. I applied for the MA in Printmaking at the Royal College and was invited to an interview but only got a place on the waiting list. I’m not too bothered by it other than that I’ve been chasing up feedback that I was promised – to no albeit.

This summer I attended Dartmoor Arts Summer School’s Photo Works, run by Susan Derges. It was an intense week that felt equivalent to a term at college. I received very positive and encouraging feedback from Susan and Chrystel Lebas. Both said they would buy my work. I just wish they wouldn’t just talk about it!! Our conversation made me question study at MA level once more, given the politics and extortionate fees. Being largely self-taught I am now considering to continue down that path, with continued professional development workshops, short courses, portfolio reviews, talks and peer support.
This summer saw me do my first artist residency at my local city farm where I produced new work inspired by the collapse of the beehive. This body of work ‘Bonfire In A Beehive’ is part of a substantial exhibition of mine at Brighton Photo Fringe titled ’Sub-cultures’, alongside some of my work from Miss Havisham’s Larder, first shown as part of Tri-pod Photofusion show, and work from my City Crops series.
Sue Steward, a mentor from the Tri-pod workshop who has continuously been encouraging me, invited me to show as part of her exhibition ‘Autumn Germination’ alongside Alexander Brattell, Cathryn Kemp and Lucinda Wells.

Tri-Pod presents ‘Inside Out’ at Photofusion Gallery

Left image: Jocelyn Allen Right image: Anne Vinogradoff

Left image:Jocelyn Allen
Right image:Anne Vinogradoff

Tri-pod is launching its second exhibition Inside Out at Photofusion Gallery in Brixton, London from 9-30 August featuring the work of two visual artists using photography, Anne Vinogradoff and Jocelyn Allen.

The two exhibitors were selected from a group of photographers and lens-based artists who have attended a Tri-pod workshop in 2012 & 2013. Miranda and I wanted to bring two projects together that formed a dialogue between the chosen artists as well as with the audience so we selected Vinogradoff and Allen as their works share similar themes around women, self image and identity through the use of photography, film and object based works.

Anne Vinogradoff (
Anne presents Women: A Curvy Journey drawing on work from six series created over the past two years. Vinogradoff offers both a personal, autobiographical perspective, as well as a global viewpoint as she explores the trajectory of womankind throughout history. In creating these works, Vinogradoff asks the audience to consider ancient ideologies and their relevance to contemporary society while seeking to challenge commonly-held dogmas relating to female identity. The result is a multilayered, interactive installation of analogue photography realised as 3-D objects.

Jocelyn Allen (
Jocelyn’s self portraits from the series Your Mind & Body Is All That You’ve Got are taken from forty sittings over the last six months of 2012. What started out as a few images documenting Allen’s reaction to the changes within the skin of her body evolved to become a highly personal journey of acceptance, self reflection and realisation. The self portraits reveal and chart moments of playfulness and self confidence alongside ones of shyness and self doubt.

Tri-pod has also invited Myka Baum ( to show work from her ongoing series, Miss Havisham’s Larder on the Photofusion Street Gallery Wall. The work is inspired by the cycles of nature and transformation and explores the minutia of growth and decay using a variety of painstaking processes engaging both natural and mechanical reproduction.


Our first Tri-pod project development group that came together in 2010, exhibited a group show of work in progress in the North Gallery, Phoenix Brighton part of Brighton Photo Fringe 2012

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Tri-pod Group Show – Brighton Photo Fringe 2012

Tripod present ‘IS THAT IT’
Natasha Caruana / Zoe Childerley / Miranda Gavin / Karen Grainger /Dean Hollowood /Judith Lyons / SachaLefreund / Wendy Pye / Melanie Stidolph

Brighton Photo Fringe 2012
Phoenix Gallery
27 Oct / 5-8pm

Brighton Photo Fringe

Exhibition: Germany

Thomas Kellner has invited Wendy Pye to take part in his group show in his studio in Seigen, Germany.

Supporting jury 2012:

Thomas Gerwers, PROFIFOTO, Germany
Manfred Zollner, fotoMaGAZIN, Germany
Peggy Sue Amison, Sirius Arts Center, Cobh, Ireland
Barbara Tannenbaum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA
Debra Klomp Ching, KlompChing Gallery New York, USA

The exhibition shows work by 18 photographers. Each photographer is represented by one selected picture.
On Saturday 24th visiting photographers meet at the Museum’s conference room for short lectures and artist’s talks.


Natasha Caruana – Tenderpixel Gallery




Grace Brown
Natasha Caruana
EJ Major
Pete McGovern
Andre Penteado

curated by Richard Ansett

11 May – 16 June 2012

Melanie Stidolph – Photo Soup

Natasha Caruna – Solo exhibition at Photofusion

NATASHA CARUANA: Married Man and other stories
3 February – 23 March 2012

Photofusion is pleased to present the first solo show of photographic artist Natasha Caruana. Natasha’s work is grounded in research, drawing from archives, the Internet and personal narratives. The exhibition will show four bodies of work, The Red Purse, The Other Woman, Married Man, and the more recent A Fairytale for Sale.

Judith Lyons & Wendy Pye – Exhibition at 10GS, Mayfair, London

Introducing Miranda !

Some handy tips from Miranda.

She talks to The Open College of the Arts about what she looks for in submissions to publications and competitions.

Tri-pod Exhibition @ Hotshoe Gallery – Private View

So here’s the evidence. The Private View went ahead, with over 200 people visiting throughout the evening. After a hectic few days, it was a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the first on going Tri-pod project development group.

Thanks to the lovely and talented photographer Phillip Reed for taking these photos for us on the night, much appreciated and to all who came out despite the riots earlier in the week, it meant a lot.
All photos © Phillip Reed

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LCC MA Print Auction at Four Corners Gallery

Karen Grainger – Finalist, The Fitzrovia Photography Prize, 2011

Karen has been selected for Looking Back: London, finalists show ‘Within A Mile’ at Diemar/Noble Photography Gallery, London
Curated by Laura Noble and Eleanor Kelly.
20th July – 20th August 2011

Gallery Deals – the artist/gallery relationship

Gallery Deals – the artist/gallery relationship from Artquest London on Vimeo.

“There is a real misunderstanding amongst artists that the commission on sales from a gallery should be 50%.” Henry Lydiate

First Tri-pod Exhibition at Hotshoe Gallery

Tri-pod artist selected for Galerie Huit Open Salon 2011

Judith Lyons selected for The Galerie Huit Open Salon 2011,Les Recontres des Arles.

Tri-pod one day workshop

16th July 2011

Tri-pod is calling for applicants for its first one-day Photo Project Research & Development Workshop to be held at the recently opened studio space, Roof Unit in Bethnal Green

The one-day workshop will be based on the format used in the ongoing group and will support participants who specifically have a photographic project in progress. During the day, we will discuss approaches to your working practice and the various challenges that can block a project moving forward. There will also be an opportunity in the afternoon to receive guidance and feedback from three industry professionals: Miranda Gavin, Diane Smyth and Sue Steward.

To find out more and apply go to the Day Workshops page on this blog.

Contact vs Tri-pod at Studio Strike

Judith Lyons – exhibiting in Great Missenden

Work from Judith Lyons’ 2011 Meditation on a Spring Garden series, camera less images developed during her participation of Tri-Pod, have been selected as part of the Photosensitive Exhibit, currently on display at the One Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden. This exhibition represents an exciting survey of the contemporary photographic image, from gritty, mysterious, or disturbing, to the tranquil, exquisitely detailed, or unashamedly beautiful. The exhibition was curated by Lyndsey Keeling (Art director of the One Church Street Gallery) together with fine artists, Anne Eggbert and Polly Gould.

The exhibition continues until Saturday 4th June and all exhibited works can also be seen at the Gallery’s website

© Judith Lyons - 'Meditation on a Spring Garden No.1'

Natasha Caruna commemorates the Royal Wedding!

In her new series ‘Fairytale for Sale’ Natasha Caruana befriends brides posting their wedding dresses for sale online.
Recently featured and read more on 1000 Words Photography Magazine Blog

Natasha Caruana – BJP article

Natasha Caruana’s project ‘Married Men’ features in this months online
British Journal of Photography

Natasha Caruana

© Natasha Caruana

Ellie Davies – First Solo Show

Congratulations to Ellie Davies who is currently having her first solo exhibition at Brucie Collections Gallery in Kiev.
Included is a series she developed during the first leg of Tri-Pod last year.

© Ellie Davies 'Come With Me - 1'

Format Photography Festival

Wendy Pye – 7/03/11

This weekend a few Tri-Podders popped up north to The Format Photography Festival in Derby. This year’s programme is curated around the theme of street photography. On Saturday I braved the cold and constant drizzle of rain and participated in the outdoor Master Class with Brian Griffin. Even though I was damp and chilly throughout, I just about managed to maintain my attention and get my head around learning some new location lighting techniques, mixing flash with daylight. Brian openly shared some of his trade mark portrait lighting scenarios, using multiple Broncolor flash heads that create beautiful dramatic light. I was impressed with Brian’s patience and attention to detail, I’ve been following his work since I started my photography education in the 8o’s and inspired by his clever use of light.

workshop test shot of Brian and his intern - using Broncolors & honeycomb

Brian finished off the day talking us through his latest personal project – ‘The Black Country’ a clever recreation of his childhood community & family memories that will be exhibited soon at The Walsall Art Gallery in April & will be well worth the visit.

© Brian Griffin 'Black Country Woman'

On Sunday the sun decided to make a welcome appearance and I wandered around some of the exhibitions. The festival is well curated around some quirky venues but my photographers beady eye couldn’t help noticing a fair amount of badly post produced and over sized prints. Some photographers are pushing print sizes from digital files too large and ruining the print quality. When you take a close look in to the print, the noise and chromatic aberration is not visually pleasant & I presume is unintentional and out of context with the theme of the work. Digital has opened up the world of photography but in terms of print quality it has taken a step backwards. I think some photographers need to seek more guidance from experts to understand the limitations of digital files and printing to ensure finer print quality. Besides this gripe I did particularly enjoy seeing Tehran’s self-portrait series at The Derby Museum by Mehraneh Atashi, the prints were also noisy and contained blown out pixels but this actually looked OK and worked within the raw context of the series.

© Mehraneh Atashi ' Self Portrait 5' (Tehran Project)

© Mehraneh Atashi - 'Self Portrait 7'(Tehran Project)