Fotonow CIC is delighted to announce our first associates scheme, which aims to establish a supportive and interdependent network of associate artists (Fotonow Associates) as we move the company forwards towards its ten year anniversary (in 2019) in finding like-minded practitioners who value our work and aim to themselves learn more and support socially engaged practice. In launching the scheme we welcome; Karen Ingham, Andrew Jackson, Monika Fischbein, David Partner and Elizabeth Orcutt. In December 2017 we will look forward to sharing how new associates can link up with our organisation.
Artist, researcher and lecturer
Orcutt is an artist, writer, lecturer and currently PhD researcher at Falmouth University (working title of Photography and Reflection: Images of Myself). She responds to family archive, and in that her sense of self appears to disperse in the exchange between subject and object. She currently teaches at Falmouth University on the BA(Hons) Press and Editorial Photography and BA(Hons) Fashion Photography programmes.
During the last 20 years Orcutt has worked in journalism as a features photographer and visuals editor, most recently as a picture editor on The Times and at Reuters. In 2016 she worked with Fotonow on a commission to celebrate Knowle West Media Centre‘s 20th anniversary, with final works on permanent display at the M-Shed, Bristol.
In 2018 Orcutt worked on The Island Stories and was supported by Arts Council England with production of her exhibition at the RegenSpace which saw historical research work (stories and photographs) re-imagined within a community setting.
Artist, writer, curator
Ingham is an internationally exhibited lens-based artist, an Hon. Interdisciplinary Research Fellow at Swansea College of Art, and a curator and writer. Her practice is positioned broadly in three main fields of enquiry: art and medical science – art, the natural sciences and environment – identity, migration, and belonging.
Her practice is often socially engaged and collaborative. She is internationally exhibited and published and has lived and worked in the USA, Germany, England and Wales. Her family on her father’s side originates from Redruth in Cornwall and she has an affinity with the South West. Ingham’s work is internationally collected including the Wellcome Collection and the British Film Institute.
Ingham joins Fotonow as an associate in developing research and project partnerships. She exhibited and published ‘Deluge’, an Arts Council of Wales and Arts Council England funded commission that will toured to Plymouth during Art Weekender 2018 and most recently supported ‘Shift… Between Our Selves’ virtual reality mental health project with Plymouth Youth Service and Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs.
Visual creative and educator
Monika Fischbein is a visual artist, educator, consultant and project manager.
Her background is in photography, identity and cultural studies with over 11 years of teaching experience in higher education. Her work has featured frequently in international solo exhibitions, conferences and workshops.
Previous photographic and research work centred on the idea of national identity, based on her extensive experience of, experimentation with, and reflection on identity and the sense of belonging.
At present, Fischbein’s work uses an interdisciplinary approach and it focuses on esotericism, mysticism and their manifestation in imaging; moreover it investigates its place in personal and universal connections and purpose in contemporary culture.
As an Associate she has supported educational delivery and in turn delivered a successful Arts Council England initiative the National Identity Project which asks individuals how they feel about this pertinent topic.
David Partner is a photographer in the mould and spirit of Pictorialist photographers, his work has the same technical attention to detail and open objectivity in his subjects. Partner has an exceptional ability to put his subjects at ease, resulting in uniquely frank and open portraits. His 2004 series ‘Heads of Government’ was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery during 2005/6. This series of black and white portraits focused on the ministers then responsible for governing the UK. Soon after, Partner completed the first major photographic commission for The House of Commons ‘Working for Parliament’ revealing portraits of the ‘Servants of the House’.
Partner has exhibited his portraits worldwide, including projects in the US, Africa, China and the Middle East and has worked extensively as a commercial photographer. He joins Fotonow as an Associate to develop FotoPlus Collective, our commercial arm generating additional revenue for community focused project work.
Most recently Partner has moved his studio to the first floor of St Saviours Hall a project being developed by Fotonow on the Barbican in Plymouth.