The £2 proft on each
sale of this book is donated to the Save Sefton Park Meadows Campaign
5 July - 10 August 2014
Unit 51 Coffee, Baltic Creative
49 Jamaica Street, Liverpool L1 0AH
The Old Police Station
80 Lark Lane, Liverpool L17 8UU
During May this year John Davies spent 90 minutes each day for 10
days in the public green space of the Meadows parkland. He asked
a total of 112 adults if he could take their picture. 96 people
agreed to have their portraits made to be included in an exhibition
about the Meadows.
The Mayor of Liverpool is proposing to sell off Sefton Park Meadows
for executive housing - with a planning application to develop and
sell-off the Meadows to be considered by Liverpool's planning committee
this October 2014. See OurGround.net
for more details
This is an example of what is happening in local authorities throughout
England: assets sold off and services cut to meet the requirements
of central government’s austerity measures along with pressure
to build housing on green space as a more profitable alternative
to building on brown-field sites.
Group exhibition curated by Jeremy Deller.
Including two large scale prints of Stockport from 1986.
A Hayward Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre launched
at Manchester Art Gallery with final show in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Swan House, Newcastle 2009
22 March - 10 May 2014
urban dreams & city state
Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 3JE
0191 232 2000
In 2001, John Davies approached Side Gallery about his interest
in documenting the public spaces of Newcastle/Gateshead, then in
the throes of an ambitious programme of culture-led renewal. The
Tyneside photographs came together as a body of work entitled Urban
In 2008, Amber/Side’s collaboration with the Lit & Phil
and the Mining Institute led to a commission to document the legacy
in Newcastle and Gateshead of the 1960s, T Dan Smith era of urban
reinvention: City State.
Bringing both bodies of work together for the first time, the
exhibition compares two periods of ambitious regeneration, shown
in the context of current economics and the role of documentary/landscape
photography in a critique of public policy.
Side Gallery first showed John Davies's work in 1979 and also commissioned:
Cumbrian Landscapes (1981), Durham Coalfield (1983), For Druridge
(1983, with Isabella Jedrzejczyk) and Signs of Coal (2005).
Sat 22 March - Opening & Talk with John Davies, Side Gallery,
Sun 23 March - Metropoli, slide presentation of British cities by
John Davies, Side Cinema, 2pm
Davies decided to follow the course of the River Tiretaine nord
from it's source near the Puy de Dôme through Clermont-Ferrand.
This series of photographs includes the Michelin headquarters, factory
sites and where the river is often hidden underground or behind
factory walls. This was an industrial river which Michelin enveloped
from Clermont and then into Ferrand - effectively joining the two
cities. This work is also a metaphor for the personal, social and
political secrets we hide.
2012 / 2013 Residency project commissioned by Department of Culture
for the City of Clermont-Ferrand, France.