North East art lovers have the chance to snap up work from some of the region’s most up and coming photographers as part of an auction that will highlight the talents of students at Newcastle College.
Around 45 students studying Foundation Degree Photography at Newcastle College will see their work come under the hammer on Wednesday 27 March at the Tyneside Cinema, alongside a number of pictures taken by already established photographers.
The auction comes hot on the heels of the EX-25 photography exhibition earlier this year, which showcased work by former Newcastle College students who have achieved enormous success as professional photographers across the globe over the last 25 years – including work by North East born, award-winning Avatar animator, Paul Kavanagh.
The auction, which is now in its 11th year and will once again be held by North East auctioneers Anderson & Garland, will see 110 pictures put on sale, including work by successful local photographers Alex Telfer, Mark Westerby and Mark Taylor, who are also former students of the college.
London photographer Tom Miles has also donated a number of prints to the event, including portraits of intrepid explorer Ranulph Fiennes and comic actor Adrian Edmondson.
Graham Stouph, leader of the college’s foundation degree in commercial photography practice, said: "It’s great for the students to exhibit their own work and it is always exciting for them to see what sort of price they bring at auction. It helps the students showcase their work, but also raises the profile of Newcastle College’s great photography department.”
The money raised from the event will fund a two week exhibition of students’ work at The Print Space in London from 3 July. Work on sale is likely to fetch sums ranging from £10 to £250.
John Oswald, owner of the Tyneside Coffee Rooms within Tyneside Cinema, which is where the auction will take place, said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to host this event as a way of supporting young artistic talent emerging from Newcastle College. The work sold at this auction has always been of the highest quality, with a huge amount of variety among the images.”
John Anderson of Anderson & Garland said: “I am always impressed by the standard of the work auctioned at this event. Photography has become more popular as an art form over recent years and this event allows people to get their hands on work by some of the region’s most talented up and coming photographic talent at an unbelievably affordable price.”
The auction takes place at the Tyneside Coffee Rooms, Tyneside Cinema, on Wednesday 27 March and will begin at 7pm, with a chance to view the images on offer from 6pm. Entry is free.