Approved: 16.08.2006

Graham Hembrough

Artist, Consultant, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006

My projects explore photography and 'ways of seeing' in quite different ways; though primarily working with 'straight' mainly un-manipulated photography. Here, my aim is to inform audiences of what was seen, to convey a narrative within traditional documentary boundaries. I also apply documentary approaches to landscape and other work, taking pride in capturing images through 'my ways of seeing' and creative composition. However, I do give myself 'permission' to occasionally explore other projects that intentionally push traditional documentary boundaries, sometimes these may incorporate photomontage or mixed media workings.

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        Artist Statement

        My projects explore photography and 'ways of seeing' in quite different ways; though primarily working with 'straight' mainly un-manipulated photography. Here, my aim is to inform audiences of what was seen, to convey a narrative within traditional documentary boundaries. I also apply documentary approaches to landscape and other work, taking pride in capturing images through 'my ways of seeing' and creative composition. However, I do give myself 'permission' to occasionally explore other projects that intentionally push traditional documentary boundaries, sometimes these may incorporate photomontage or mixed media workings.

        When exhibiting my work, I feel it is important and therefor I am mindful, to distinguish images between these two approaches so audiences can appreciate the integrity and creative intentions of any particular image or project.

        My portraiture work generally works collaboratively with my subjects, empowering them to be proactive and be part of the photographic process in terms of location and their representation. The work portrays a subjective familiarity and confidence as a result of this collaboration. Unlike candid street photography, I seek images that are mutually endorsed by the subject as well as myself. I want to show that individuals have an identity and personality which they own, regardless of the context in which they are photographed.

        CV & Education

        Solo exhibitions:

        2019 - 2020 Conwy Culture Centre 'Conwy Portraits' Commissioned works
        2016 - Oriel Ynys Môn, Anglesey, Artist Portraits Retake / Reinvent Oct/Nov, 2016
        2016 - Storiel Bangor Artist Portraits (Solo) Retake / Reinvent Oct/Nov, 2016
        2016 - Galeri Betws photographs with Graham Pritchard, Sept – November 2016
        2015 - Oriel Colwyn, Irish Work, Curated by Paul Sampson
        2014 - Oriel Mon 'The West of Ireland; there and Back,again (1980 - 2014) 
        2009 - Creative Photography / Photographie Créatrice, Espace KALEO, Rochefort en Terre, Brittany, France
        2009 - Selected photographic works, Oriel Môn, Anglesey 
        2008 - Llanddwyn;Moments in Time, Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Gwynedd 
        2008 - Llanddwyn;Moments in Time, Manorhaus , Ruthin, Denbighshire, N Wales 
        2008 - Photographie Créatrice, La grange Dufour, Ardes-sur-Couze, France 
        2007 - Llanddwyn, Moments in Time, Bodelwyddan Castle, St. Asaph, Denbighshire 
        2006 - Helfa Gelf Art Residency and Exhibition, Princes Arms Country Hotel, Trefriw, Conwy
        1993 - Touring Photographic Exhibition, 'Gaeltacht', Various including Dublin and Galway, Eire 1989 - Islands - A Celebration, Connemara National Park, Islands Conference, Eire 
        1989 - Photographs Of An Irish Community, Joe Goheghan Gallery, Galway, Eire 
        1988 - Irish photo-documentary work, Galway National Library, Eire
        1984 - Solo exhibition of early work undertaken in Ireland at Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor 

        Group exhibitions:
        2019 - Royal Cambrian Academy, 'By Invitation' curated by Beverly Bell-Hughes
        2016 - Oriel Ynys Mon Artists Portraits & Studio Studies, Retake Reinvent 
        2016 - Tilt & Shift, Llanwrst, Selection of Photographers work
        2012 - Curated Exhibition of 3 Artists Work, Galeri, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia 
        2009 - Open Art Exhibition 2009, Oriel Bangor, North Wales 
        2008 - Group showselected by Martin Barlow, Director of Oriel Mostyn
        2007 - Elements, Penrhyn Castle, Bangor 
        2007 - Feed Your Imagination, Old Courthouse Gallery, Thirsk, N Yorkshire 
        2006 - Feed Your Imagination, Oxo Tower Gallery, London 
        2006 - Summer Show, Plas Glyn y Weddw Gallery, North Wales 
        2006 - Welsh Light, Theatre Ardudwy, Harlech, N Wales 
        2005 - Andrew Logan Gallery, (Selected) Berriew, Wales
        2004 - Journeys, Llangollen International Eisteddfod Pavilion, Llangollen, N.Wales 
        2004 - Selected works for Muse Contemporary Gallery, Mold, Denbighshire 
        1993 - Exhibition of College Lecturers Work, Design Centre, Colksholhskule, Darmstadt Dieburg and at the Palace Hellenburg, Dieburg, Germany 
        1986 - Becca with Pete and Paul Davies, Wrexham Arts Centre 

        Commissioned Workshops: 
        Present - Delivering Peripatetic freelance workshops in Photography and Digital Imaging
        2017 - 2018 Helfa Gelf Artists participating in my photographic and Photoshop workshops
        2011 - Landscape Photography, Rhyd-y-Creuau, Field Studies Council, Snowdonia 
        2010 - Landscape Photography, Rhyd-y-Creuau, Field Studies Council, Snowdonia 
        2008 - Botwnnog High School Creative Workshops, Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog
        2008 - Photographic Techniques, Forestry Commission, Wales
        2008 - Photoshop Training, Forestry Commission, Wales 
        2006 - Forestry Commission Photographic Workshop, Newborough Forest, Anglesey 
        2005 - Master Class in Photography, Bodelwyddan Castle, Denbighshire 

        Collections & Corporate commissions: 
        2019 - 'Conwy Portraits" Community based Photographic Commission, Conwy County Council
        2018 - 2019 Conwy Culture Centre Residency
        2015 -2016 'Retake/Reinvent' Artist Portraits funded through Bangor University, Arts Council of Wales and Museum of Wales (A Commission and Collection of my work).
        2010 - Major Collection of my work (60 images), Purchased by Bangor Management Centre, Bangor University for permanent display.
        2007 - Liminal Book Cover, Alcemi series, Y Lolfa Publishers, Aberystwyth, Wales 
        2007 - Photo documentation of 'Sculptural Installations2', Tyddyn Môn, Anglesey, N.Wales 
        2006 - Neighbours from Hell?, Y Lolfa Book Publishers, Aberystwyth, Wales 
        2006 - Newborough Warren Nature Reserve (PhotoMontage), Countryside Council for Wales

        Projects:
        2019 - Community based, Portrait Photographic Commission, Conwy County Council
        2018 - 2019 In collaboration with artist, Sian Hutchinson, Conwy Culture Centre Residency
        2013 - 2014 - 'West of Ireland, there and back again', Arts Council of Wales funded project
        2006 - 2007 - 'A Year and a Day; Ynys Llandwyn', Arts Council of Wales funded project

        Competitions, prizes and awards: 
        2014 - A year long Project Grant for 'There and Back, again', Arts Council of Wales, (project based in Wales & Ireland) 
        2007 - Landscape photographer of the year award, (take a view 2007), Sunday Times, London 
        2006 - 2007 - Arts Grant awarded for "Ynys Llanddwyn; a year and a day", Supported by the Arts Council of Wales
        2006 - Observer Newspaper "Seeds of Change" Photographic Award, Oxo Tower Gallery, London 

        Educational lecturing experience:  
        2009 - 2017 Part-time Lecturer in Photography, Bangor University, Creative Arts & Media 
        2007 - 2014 Part-time Lecturer (in Photography), Coleg Llandrillo College, N Wales College
        1997 - 2007 Full-time Lecturer, Art and Design, Llandrillo College, Llandudno, North Wales
        1991 - 1996 Full-time Lecturer, Art and Design, Chesterfield College, Derbyshire

        Qualifications and training:
        1995 - Certificate in Education, Post 16, Sheffield Hallam Unversity 
        1991 - Youth Leadership Certificate, North East Wales Institute, Clwyd County Council 
        1981 - BA Hons, Documentary Photography, Exeter College of Art and Design, Devon 
        1978 - Foundation Course in Art and Design, Handbridge College, Chester