2014 Programme

Integrity and new business models

Symposium Chairs throughout:
Paul Herrmann, Redeye
Nicola Shipley, GRAIN

Thursday 12 June 2014 – Routes into photography

From 14:00: Registration

15:00–17:00 Room 104
Routes in – panel discussion
What’s on offer for students and emerging artists to help establish themselves in photography, and who benefits from these multiplying possibilities? Which of the many competitions, reviews, courses, opportunities and online services are worth signing up for, and how can photographers navigate this ocean?
Introduction: Paul Herrmann, Redeye
Jon Levy, Foto8
Richard West, Source
David Drake, Ffotogallery
Nathan Tromans, Birmingham City University

17:00-17:30 Room 103
The role of the curator
Nathaniel Pitt received a GRAIN Curator’s Bursary and will explore the appeal and possibilities of curatorial practice.

17:30-18:00 DIY Session, Room 104
Arts Council funding – practical advice with Denise Fahmy, Arts Council England

19:30-21:00 Room 104
Keynote talks:
Val Williams, curator, with Paul Hill, photographer: Making Networks in British Photography in the 70s and 80s: The Midland Group Gallery
Simon Roberts, photographer

Friday 13 June 2014 – Organisations and institutions

The second day concentrates on key issues of integrity for organisations and institutions. How can they preserve their public service or members’ remit whilst improving commercial income? What new kinds of ventures are working for organisations, and what are the new types of fundraising and finance being tried? How do the larger institutions and museums deal with conflicting demands for acquisitions, collections and archives? What are the “standards” in the new photographic landscape? What’s on the horizon for some of photography’s leading organisations?

09:00 onwards: Registration

10:00-10:55 Room 104
Welcome from Brian Gambles, Director of the Library of Birmingham.
New finance and business strategies for cultural organisations
Frankie Mullen, Dovetail, The Change-Making Agency
Simon Borkin, Community Shares Unit

10:55-11:15 Break

11:15-11:25 Room 104
Karen Newman: Introduction to BOM – Birmingham Open Media

11:25-12:50 Room 104
The successful and resilient arts and photography organisation
Emma Chetcuti, Multistory
Peta Murphy-Burke, Arts Council England
Lara Ratnaraja, CidaCo West Midlands Director
(Edit: Stephen Snoddy was indisposed for this session)

12:50-14:00 lunch break (includes session below)

13:00-13:45 Room 103
Some Cities – a photographic platform that enables everyone, regardless of their backgrounds or abilities, to share and submit their images to a growing interactive photographic archive of the City of Birmingham.
Andrew Jackson and Dan Burwood

14:00-15:15 Room 104
Discussion: opening the nation’s photographic collections.
Ways forward for managing the national collections of photography. What can we do to show more of the UK’s wonderful but seldom-seen photographic collections? How can the existing institutions communicate and co-ordinate better around issues such as acquisitions, exhibitions and conservation, and how can we share knowledge and skills with smaller and private archives and bring them into the conversation? How would it be best to develop skills in photographic history, curating and conservation? What is the future for photographic archives in a digital age? How do we raise investment in our collections? How should all these matters be championed at strategic and government policy level?
Francis Hodgson, University of Brighton / Financial Times
Pete James, Library of Birmingham
Michael Terwey, National Media Museum

15:15-15:45 Room 103
Jenny Duffin introduces work from Birmingham Loves Photographers

15:45-17:00 Room 104
Standards – who decides what standards are applied in photography? Where are they still relevant and needed, if at all? Is there a place for a defined standard of imagery, and how can standards of professional practice be applied?
Roger Reynolds from the Royal Photographic Society will explain the Society’s commitment to distinctions;
Denise Swanson of the British Institute of Professional Photography explores professional standards

17:05-17:45 Room 103
Mining the Archive: The Intentional and Unintentional Archive
Jason DaPonte, The Swarm

Saturday 14 June 2014 – Photographers

The final day of the Symposium explores key issues around ethics, authenticity and business for all photographers. The discussions, like the Symposium as a whole, take a lead from Stephen Mayes’ assertion that photographers need to redefine their product to create new value for their work. It explores new kinds of business models and collaborations that allow photographers to retain creative integrity while still making a living in a dramatically different economy. How can they deal with the pressures on copyright from new licensing models and digital distribution?

09:00-10:00: registration

10:00-10:50 Room 104
Edmund Clark has grappled with issues of artistic integrity in the face of restricted access, censorship and political resistance to his work, which concerns state subjugation, confinement and the aftermath of terrorism.

10:50-11:20 BREAK

11:20-13:00 Room 104
New Business Models for Photographers
Stephen Mayes, strategy and application for visual communication (remote contribution)
Fiona Rogers, Magnum and Firecracker
Jonathan Shaw, Centre for Disruptive Media
Nathan Tromans, Birmingham City University

13:00-14:00 lunch break including the session below

13:10 to 13:55 Room 103, DIY Session:
Pricing photography with Michal Dybowski

14:00-15:00 Room 104
Thinking and Doing – active session on business model generation
Adrian West and Sophie Brown, Company of Mind

15:00-15:30 break

15:30-16:30 Room 104
Licensing without tears – Creative Commons and the alternatives. Licensing is one of the key drivers of the digital economy; this session guides photographers and users through the often complex options.
Serena Tierney, Bircham Dyson Bell, law firm
Christian Payne, Documentally, mobile media maker

16:45 CLOSE

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