While we are unable to welcome you through our doors, we aim to bring you the best of our programme digitally. We hope that our fortnightly newsletters, with communications about our online courses, our family activities, and our studio artists will help you stay engaged with everyone here at Phoenix Art Space.
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We spoke to photographer Denise Felkin about her online course...
What can students expect from your Online Portrait Photography Course, and what will they come away with?
The course is aimed at students of any level. From beginners with just a phone camera, to a more serious photographer. I will go through the work-flow of how to investigate portraiture through technique, lighting, background, posture, gaze and outfits. I will discuss how I find my subjects, the models perspective of being photographed and how to go beyond the outcome I want.
What will be the inspiration for those taking part?
As a group we will draw inspiration from the histories of painting and photography, as well as more contemporary photographers. Who is winning the awards today and why? We will explore documentary photography and storytelling through portraiture. During the online sessions there will be a live model and we will be experimenting with new ways to photograph under lockdown restrictions, exploring screen shots, directing the model and socially-distanced photography. Participants will be given weekly assignments and will receive feedback on their portraiture.
How does your own photography practice feed into your teaching?
I photograph subjects closest to my heart and speak from personal experience. Over the years I have taken my own direction of how the portrait should look and what equipment to use beyond what the text books were telling me. I never quite knew if I was doing it right, until I started being nominated for photographic awards.
You can explore our entire selection of Online Courses here. Our latest addition is Deborah Manson's Cut & Paste Online Collage Course. Deborah will share her own passion for collage through demonstrations and a variety of playful and fun exercises encouraging you to explore the medium. Book your place now.
Photographer Alun Callender documents the working spaces and lives of artists, craftspeople and makers. In January he visited Phoenix Art Space to create a Pop-Up Photography Studio and a selection of our artists and makers were invited to have their portrait taken, each with a variety of props or tools that reflected their practice. Featured artists include; Leap Then Look, Andrew Gifford, Maria Tilyard, Sarah Gardner. See more of Alun's work - and more of our studio artists - here.
Starting this weekend in Queens Park, studio artist Katy Beinart along with documentary filmmaker Lily Murray, will be filming conversations with the residents of Brighton & Hove about their experience of living through Covid-19 and the impact on their lives. The stories will give a flavour of how communities are coping. Anything from a chat about the lockdown to accessing essential items; from the closed schools to the difficulty in knowing our loved ones could be isolated; from the tape on pavements to the weekly NHS clap.
2m Conversations has been commissioned by Phoenix Art Space in collaboration with the Centre for Arts and Wellbeing, University of Brighton and Brighton and Hove City Council. As well as filming in the park, Katy and Lily will also work directly with our existing networks, the Community Engagement officers from the Council and other partners, to conduct and film socially distanced 2m conversations with those residents who have felt the full impact of the lockdown. The outcome will be shown digitally online and eventually in exhibitions and screenings.
Please check our social media platforms for more details, and for updates as the project progresses.