John Davies exhibitions 2014



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5 July - 25 October 2014

turning green to brown

final part of the exhibition of portraits of people in Sefton Park Meadows:

Quaker Meeting House Cafe
22 School Lane
Liverpool L1 3BT

on ground floor next to Bluecoat
open Monday to Friday 8:30am-5:00pm Saturday 9:00-5:00pm.

New book: Turning Green to Brown - 33 selected portraits in Sefton Park Meadows - click here for details

The £2 proft on each sale of this book is donated to the Save Sefton Park Meadows Campaign fund.

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 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.

for more details see:
Independents Liverpool Biennial


Mersey Square, Stockport 1986
12 July - 26 October 2014

all that is solid melts into air

Laing Art Gallery

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

Side Gallery
5-9 Side
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 Dreams.
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, 2pm
Sun 23 March - Metropoli, slide presentation of British cities by John Davies, Side Cinema, 2pm

Parc Beaulieu, Chamalières, France 2012

15 February 2014

hidden river

Night of Photography
La Chaux-de-fonds,

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.

for more images and details of the Hidden River book see publisher's web page


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