This collaborative event brings together emergent artists from the Blast! Creative Network (Sandwell and the Black Country, UK), and from Exposure Festival’s Emerging Photographers’ Show Case (Alberta, Canada) in a supportive peer review. This is an informal space where artists will have the opportunity to share from their practice in short presentations, and share ideas with an international network of potential collaborators. Bring along your portfolio, a new body of work or a project you are currently working on and gain advice and constructive feedback from the group.
Exposure Emerging Photographers Showcase
Each year the Exposure Photography Festival presents the Emerging Photographers Showcase. The exhibition celebrates the rich talent of early-career practitioners who are based in the province. Juried by Ryan Doherty, Chief Curator of Contemporary Calgary, the Exposure 2021 Emerging Photographers Showcase presents the work of fourteen photographers and visual artists based in Treaties 6,7 and 8 Territories in Alberta. The exhibition presents a broad range of works, including photojournalism and photocollage, abstract and politically engaged photography, and works that embrace social and individual experience, as well as visual explorations of identity and personal narratives.
Blast! Creative Network
Blast! Creative Network is a group of artists and creatives which evolved out of the Multistory Blast! Festival 2019. Taking place once a month, the B!CN programme offers talks, workshops, opportunities and social events to bring local emergent artists in Sandwell and the Black Country, UK a year-long programme that provides a space for knowledge sharing and support. We invite art practitioners, curators and community groups to speak about a range of subjects designed to help local emergent artists and creatives to develop their practice.
Exposure Photography Festival
The annual Exposure Photography Festival presents exhibitions that showcase photographic work by internationally renowned practitioners, alongside emerging and established talent from Alberta. Exposure provides an exciting, innovative meeting place for photographers and art lovers to connect with one another, along with curators and photography professionals from around the world. The festival brings together people of all ages to celebrate Alberta’s rich photography scene and thriving creative communities. Exposure 2021 is the seventeenth edition of the festival. Last year the festival received over 850,000 visits and this year, despite the pandemic, Exposure estimates a large audience to their extensive program of exhibitions and events hosted in galleries, local businesses, online and outdoors.