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NEPN was established in 2009 to discuss, and support the development of photography in the North East of England and beyond.

Working with photographers, artists, curators and a wide range of cultural partners, we aim to create a lively and informed context for photographic activity and to encourage new audiences for photography.

NEPN is hosted by and is an initiative of the Northern Centre of Photography, Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries at the University of Sunderland.

Dow Wasiksiri, Encountering the Past

With our partners, we produce new opportunities for photographers through commissions, talks, discussion groups and portfolio review events. We also curate a programme of themed symposiums and conferences to explore ideas and inspire fresh thinking in photography. We work with established photographic artists to enable the production of new work and the exchange of ideas.
In 2013, NEPN curated and produced of the region’s first international photography festival, The Social: Encountering Photography.

In addition, we also identify and support emerging talent, mentoring a new generation of photographers through our commissioning and advice programmes such as DEVELOP and SHIFTS.

Since our launch we have established a wider national and international profile for our programme and we continue to act as an influential agency for photographers and lens-based artists.

NEPN is hosted by and is an initiative of the University of Sunderland.

NEPN is the recipient of a national award in recognition of its work in connecting pedagogy and professional practice, engaging students of the Northern Centre of Photography with the photographic and wider cultural sector and NEPN’s offer. The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence was awarded by the Higher Education Academy.

NEPN is a member of Art Network North East:


NEPN is programmed and managed by Amanda Ritson.
Amanda has over 15 years of experience in arts management and production, curatorial brokerage, commissioning, and professional development for photographers and artists, working across Higher Education and cultural sectors.

Strategic support is provided by:
Dr Carol McKay, Associate Head of School (Arts) and academic lead for NEPN at the University of Sunderland;
Professor Alexandra Moschovi, Professor of Photography and Curating;
Specialist Photographic and Exhibition Production: Michael Daglish and Stephen Turner.

NEPN is hosted by the Northern Centre of Photography, University of Sunderland.

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