Two of Sunderland’s most vibrant creative venues are preparing to host the fourth in their series of SOLO art exhibitions, which will see Sunderland photographer Andy Martin exhibit his Victorian-era tintype portraits.
Two of Sunderland’s most vibrant creative venues, Holmeside Coffee and Independent, are preparing to host the fourth in their series of SOLO art exhibitions, which will see Sunderland photographer Andy Martin exhibit his Victorian-era tintype portraits.
The week long exhibition, which will open on December 15, will see portraits of Wearside residents exhibited alongside famous musicians such as Gruff Rhys, Gulp, Paul Smith, Field Music, and many more. Throughout the week, visitors will also have the opportunity to have their own tintype portrait taken in Andy’s pop up studio.
The SOLO Art Shows provide a unique platform for some of the region’s most talented emerging artists, designers and creatives to showcase their work in a unique and unexpected venue. The shows also aim to expose communities to different forms of art – promoting arts involvement and accessibility within Sunderland.
Andy Martin, Sunderland, said: “It’s vital that creatives have access to spaces such as Independent and Holmeside Coffee. Putting art into these everyday spaces helps to break down barriers and hopefully helps to reach a more diverse audience.
“I was always creative when I was younger and my Grandfather was quite a talented artist and photographer – his influence definitely rubbed off on me. I learnt the basics of photography in the darkroom. The magic of seeing the image appear in the chemicals under the red light got me hooked, and I’ve been exploring the medium for the past 12 years or so, going right back to one of the earliest processes from the 1850s.”
Andy’s work resurrects the Victorian era Wet Collodion (wet plate) photographic process, which dates back to 1851 and involves coating a metal or glass plate with a collodion solution before placing it into a bath of silver nitrate. Once it has been sensitised by the silver, the plate is loaded into the camera and the exposure is made before the plate is developed.
Ben Wall, Independent, said: “The SOLO exhibitions have been really successful so far and we’ve been really impressed with the response we’ve had. We’ve always intended to use the space for more than just music, so it’s great to see people coming in and experiencing something a little bit different. You don’t need to be an expert – anyone can come down, see what’s going on, and maybe grab a drink.”
Having already exhibited work by Liam Paul and Robert Carr, the SOLO Art Shows are set to become a monthly fixture amid Sunderland’s vibrant arts scene, underlining the collaborative culture that has seen creative organisations from across the city coming together to showcase their work.
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