Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Introducing Tony O'Connell

The Yorkshire-based Photographer Tony O'Connell has recently set up in a studio at South Square and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce him.

Photographer, Tony O'Connell is a former Independent on Sunday/Insight Guides travel photography award-winner. His artistic practice concentrates on reflections from this country and overseas. He is inspired by the way that reflections often capture more of the essence of a scene than an accurate replication. His work has recently featured in the Great North Art Show, Leeds Art Fair, Saltaire Arts Trail, Art in the Pen and other venues.

Tony is also passionate about developing long term relationships in communities, using photography as a tool for telling stories, enjoyment, advocacy, building skills and fun. During 2010, he's been involved with several photographic projects. Working with over 50 people with a range of disabilities for Disability Support, Tony facilitated their development as photographers at community events; their resulting images are the subject of an exhibition and a calendar for 2011. Bradford District Care Trust has commissioned him to deliver a year's project to develop creativity with groups of service users. His 'Acts of Kindness'  exhibition was invited to tour venues across West Yorkshire.

Tony also undertakes a wide range of commissions including events, theatre and product photography

Below are two images, one of his reflections and one from his "Acts of Kindness" project. If you would like to know more about him, you can visit his website at www.tocpics.co.uk where you will also find more images of his work.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Other exciting things happening at South Square

Yesterday we had a visit from Conrad Atkinson to begin preparations for an exhibit in March/April 2011 featuring some of his works relating to the Brontes and on the theme of immigration.

Conrad Atkinson is an influential international artist, originally from Cleator Moor, Cumbria. He has exhibited in a range of prestigious galleries such as the Tate and the Ronald Feldman Gallery (New York).

Below is a picture of part of one of his exhibits at the Feldman Gallery, "Dorothy Gale Meets Emily Bronte in Technicolor " June 7 to July 11, 1997.

Also at South Square, our resident Fine Art Framer, Andy Rushworth, featured in the T&A yesterday in a business interview about his new print-making venture "Scratch". This will allow printmakers to hire his studio for their works, without having to buy all the equipment themselves.