Photography might seem like a bit of a lonely job, but whether you work commercially or as an art/ creative photographer, there are a number of groups and projects to get involved in.
- 4am project is a collection of photos from around the world taken at 4am, and is open to contribution from absolutely anyone. There are a number of events and meetups which happen in the Midlands as part of the project as a nice way of bringing people together.
- Birmingham Photospace is a voluntary organisation dedicated to establishing a permanent space for photography in Birmingham. They also post updates on photographic exhibitions around the midlands.
- Birmingham Flickrmeets take place on the second Sunday of the month, all levels of photographers are invited to bring a camera and join in with the chosen theme. There is also a Black Country Flickrmeets which take place on the last Sunday of the month.
In terms of career development, be it building a portfolio, selling work or securing an exhibition, here are a few resources to get you started;
- Rhubarb Rhubarb is a development agency for fine art photographers, offering s number of stages dependant on what stage of your photographic career you’re at. They also host a number of events and workshops throughout the year.
- Model Mayhem is a database of models, photographers, make-up artists and stylists, which once you’ve filtered through the seedy profiles, is pretty useful for fashion photographers trying to build a portfolio. There’s plenty of people who will work in exchange for prints, meaning there’s lots of room for collaboration.
- Handmade Birmingham run an independent arts market in Birmingham city centre every weekend, where you can hire a stall from £25 and sell your prints.
- We Are Birmingham sell local artwork and photography, whether you have framed prints or postcards, take your work to one of their review days to get stocked. They also have a gallery and exhibition space below the shop.
- Photography Competitions is a site dedicated to publising open photography competitions and contests from all over the world.
There are also plenty of national organisations and resources which aim to support photographers along with making clear your rights and where you stand with the law
- Association of Photographers is a membership based organisation, who give advice on copyright, one-to-one business advice, along with access to legal support. They also run an awards programme, which is open to both professionals and amateurs.
- Urban 75 outlines your legal rights as a photographer.
Next week we'll be offering a few resources for working the new media.
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Freelancers, small businesses, photographers, designers, craftyworkers etc, here’s a list of some studios and work spaces for hire and rent around the West Midlands. It would be great if we could make this a comprehensive list of studio and work spaces. The list is still growing, so if you know of anything we've missed please let us know so we can add it in.
- Fazeley Studios - Digbeth. Small to large businesses, office and studio space.
- Custard Factory - Digbeth. Office and retail space, plus artist studios from £30 a week.
- VIVID - Digbeth. Providing space for artists, film-makers and organisations to develop media based projects. Their services include professional technical advice and consultancy, equipment hire and exhibition installation.
- Studio 202 - Digbeth. Professional photographic studio hire.
- Boxxed - Digbeth. Provides space to hold exhibitions and music events, along with services, space and support for local artists, musicians, creatively minded individuals and collectives.
- Jubilee Works - Pershore Street. Studio hire and work space, also home to The Works Gallery, with exhibition space. Call 0121 233 2232 for info.
- mac - Cannon Hill. A limited number of artist passes are available at the mac from £25 a month.
- Make it Zone - The Old Print Works, Moseley Road. Artisan workshop spaces
- Moseley Exchange - Moseley. Office, conference rooms and workspace available as part of a monthly membership for unlimited or hourly use, or as a one-off hire.
- The Zoo - Jewellery Quarter. Meeting rooms available at hourly and day rates, plus office space, including shared spaces.
- The Big Peg - Jewellery Quarter. Open plan office and studio spaces.
- Tiptop Photography - Jewellery Quarter. Offer two photographic studios, one main studio, plus a lounge setting studio.
- Design Space - Jewellery Quarter. Funded by Birmingham City Council, incubation space for jewellery designers/ makers who will commit to self emloyment.
- Gem Photo Studio - Jewellery Quarter. Photographic studio for hire.
- Aurora Studio - Jewellery Quarter. Photographic studio for hire.
- Cherry Pop - Jewellery Quarter. Photographic studio for hire.
- B15 Studios - University of Birmingham, Edgebaston. HD television and audio studios.
- The Silver Artist - Kings Norton. Studio space and exhibition space.
- Bilston Craft Gallery - Wolverhampton. First floor gallery is a hireable community space for individuals and groups.
- ICE - Office space at Coventry University
- Coventry Artspace - Coventry. Artist studio spaces with shared facilities, plus kiln firing.
Film Birmingham have produced this PDF with full information and facilities at Legal TV Studios, Top Banana - The Studio and B15 Studios.
Let us know what we've missed in the comments.
We have just relaunched Kate Beatty's website. Kate is a good friend of ours and works with us here at Substrakt HQ. She is working with some exciting clients as well as working on various personal projects that sound very intriguing, so watch this space.
Kate is also now on the blogosphere, so keep a track on her photographic musings.
We have been having our photos taken this afternoon thanks to
Here are a couple of behind the scenes shots (the real deal ones to follow).
This is the first stage of a new piece of artwork by the graphic designer Max Barrett. This artwork, amongst others, will feature on a new web site that will profile and sell works from various artists...
Due to launch mid march.