At last ,I am pleased to announce that my Instamatic for the People exhibition will be at The Cluny in Newcastle. There is an opening on Wednesday 25 May between 6pm and 7:30pm with a gig from 8pm in The Cluny. In the spirit of the exhibition everybody is welcome, it is a free concert but there will be collections for Teenage Cancer Trust – please give generously.
The project has been about the musicians of the North East and is a way to document how our music scene is in 2010/2011, I hope to revisit the project in a few years to see how everyone has progressed. It has been interesting looking at the images and seeing the seasons change some pictures in the sunshine at Narc fest in The Ouseburn in July with people in t-shirts and others taken on snowy December night in Sunderland.
This is a totally democratic project where everybody has the same status – all bands are featured equally and all members of the band are featured equally. For the exhibition each image will be drawn at random and displayed in the order they are drawn.
I spend a lot of time at The Cluny and it is an honour to have an exhibition at the venue where I regularly photograph gigs, and where many of the images from the exhibition were taken.
There will be a book featuring the images from the exhibition available to buy online with all proceeds going to Teenage Cancer Trust.
The opening night gig will feature bands that have taken part in the exhibition
I am so proud that The Greeting Committee, Brilliant Mind, and Gem Andrews have offered to play the gig. They are all acts that I love and their musical styles are quite different – it will be a fun night.
Simon Donald is someone who I have known for years and it is an honour that he is going to host the night in his own inimitable style. He is a long time supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust.
David Burn from Detroit Social Club is doing a DJ set -I am grateful he has taken time to support this charity event even though Detroit Social Club will be playing at Evolution Festival a few days later.
The line up for the gig is:
The Greeting Committee
Brilliant Mind ( acoustic )
and Special Guests
Compere Simon Donald (Viz)
DJ Set by David Burn ( Detroit Social Cub)
This whole project has been entirely self funded and is a labour of love – but I have to thank all the wonderful people who have taken part and encouraged and helped me with it throughout the year.
The exhibition will run throughout June .
There is also a Facebook event