A two-year project supported by Arts Council England which aimed to deliver responsive support to photographers, building confidence, adaptability and knowledge developing the resilience of the sector; develop peer networks and explore models of peer-led learning and exchange; and explore innovative models for the dissemination of work and audience development.
The programme comprised: portfolio reviews; talks with curators including Anne McNeill; workshops; travel bursaries; project surgeries; funding workshops with Arts Council England; and a mentoring programme.
DEVELOP: Workshop was a 1-day event, which included workshops and talks with experts from the international photographic sector: Zelda Cheatle; David Birkitt; Adriaan Monshouwer; Marc Prüst; Rebecca McClelland and David Drake.
Five photographers were supported through an open-call for DEVELOP Awards, produced in collaboration with Netherlands-based photography curator Marc Prust.
The awards programme was designed to empower reflective photographers to develop a ‘road map’ for their progression, supported by mentoring and peer sharing.
The photographers, all based in the North East region were Sophie Ingleby and Kuba Ryniewicz, working with mentor Rebecca McClelland; and Dean Chapman, Louise Taylor and Aaron Guy, matched with mentor Monica Allende.
Following a separate open-call, two photographers were supported to undertake research trips to two international photography festivals. Karolina Maciagowka visited Landskrona Foto in Sweden and Michael Daglish visited the Singapore International Photography Festival.