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In Conversation with David Park & Sonya Whitefield…tickets on sale!

Sonya will be taking part in an ‘In Conversation…’ event with acclaimed writer and collaborator David Park at the Seamus Heaney Centre on Saturday 8 December 2018, 15:00. Following Sonya’s personal photographic response to Travelling in a Strange Land the pair will be in conversation with Dr Eamonn Hughes to talk about their collaboration and the links between the word and the image.

Thank You to John Hewitt Summer School

A big thank you to the John Hewitt Society International Summer School for exhibiting Sonya’s latest work ‘Travelling in a Strange Land’. Here’s a taster of this year’s Summer School…watch out for Sonya’s photographs!

 

David Park: How my latest novel became a photography exhibition

David Park speaks about Travelling in a Strange Land and Sonya’s photographic response in The Irish Times, ahead of her exhibition at the John Hewitt Summer School from 23rd-28th July.

Read the full article here.

Travelling in a Strange Land

The novel Travelling In A Strange Land by acclaimed writer David Park will be officially launched on Friday 9th March at Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. I am very proud to be part of a creative collaboration with David, producing a body of images taken in response to the narrative. At the launch I will be sharing the motivations and inspirations behind selected photographs. The main exhibition of work will be launched and exhibited this summer as part of the John Hewitt Summer School at the Market Place Theatre, Armagh. A photo booklet of images and text has been printed with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and a free copy will be made available with every sale of the book on the night.

Work in Progress: Travelling In a Strange Land

“The photographer must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveller who enters a strange country.” Bill Brandt

Travelling In A Strange Land is a creative collaboration with the highly acclaimed writer David Park.  It is my artistic response to his upcoming novel of the same title, which will be published by Bloomsbury in March 2018. The works explore a reflective journey through the themes of familial love and loss.

“When we first discussed the possibility of working collaboratively it emerged that Bill Brandt was one of the significant influences on Sonya’s work so there was an early sense of synchronicity, helped by discovering a range of shared cultural influences…The ideal was that each art form would give to the other and in the fusing of the two we hoped that something new might emerge – I suppose in a way our own humble and tentative attempt to create the equivalent of a sacred carving.” David Park

It is intended that the final exhibition will appear in exhibition and print. Watch this space for updates.

‘Glorious Freaks’- An art and photography exhibition

NUI Galway’s Feminist Society in association with the University Theatre and Arts Advisory Group are proud to present their up and coming art and photography exhibition entitled ‘Glorious Freaks’. The event will be held in the QuadArtGallery from the 4th to the 8th of March 2013 to coincide with International Women’s Day and will focus around the theme of ‘Body Image’. Read more here.

26 Treasures Anthology Book Launch

Last autumn 26 writers were paired with 26 visual artists in order to respond creatively to 26 treasures found in the Ulster Museum.  Each writer was given the same constraint: to write a personal response to an object using exactly 62 words.  This anthology brings together the work of writers and visual artists, from the ’26 Treasures’ exhibitions in the Ulster Museum as well as the V&A in London, the National Library of Wales and the National Museum of Scotland. Read more here.

Belfast Telegraph: Sonya through a glass darkly

Sonya Whitefield, from Co. Tyrone, reacted to her hysterectomy by picking up her camera – and the resulting exhibition is shocking Belfast. Jane Hardy reports here.

Culture NI Interview

Photographer Sonya Whitefield talks about education, inspiration and having her work accepted by the Royal Ulster Academy.

Read the full interview here.

Millennium Court Arts Centre: A Sense of Place

Open Submission Exhibition

‘Reflecting the notion of ‘a sense of place’, artists from, or working in the local area were invited to submit work concerned with identity, memory and/or the socioeconomic, political or historical issues found in South Ulster.’ For more information on the exhibition click here.