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PYO [print your own] photobook

Curious about photobook publishing  but not sure if it’s up your street? Come to this six-day workshop and give it a go. You will learn about different photobook formats, how to edit and sequence your photographs for an engaging book flow and how to print with both laser and inkjet printers. We will work with the studio’s tools and help you bind your book manually. Come away with a taste for book printing and a small edition of your own photobook.

Workshop: Print Your Own Photobook
Tutor: paula roush
Dates: February 17 - March 24, 2018            

Materials to Bring:
A set of at least 12 photographs – these can include photographs you took, photographs selected from your family album or other vintage photographs.
A laptop with software for photo editing and book-design  if you have one

Available to use during the workshop: 
A computer with Photoshop and Indesign connected to Laser and inkjet printers, photocopy machine, paper, rulers, pencils,  scissors, glue and book binding supplies including bone folders, punching owls, needles and thread.

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mentoring

Clarity is one of the keys to developing a project you love. When you clarify your definite chief aim, many opportunities for personal growth and professional practice will come your way. As a result of working with me, artists, photographers and authors, clarify their projects, strengthen their photographic research, editing and story telling. They develop self-confidence and skills required to edit, print and publish their work. I am looking for individuals who are interested in transforming their photographic projects into photoworks, installations, photobooks, editions, multiples and can use clarity coaching. Who do you know that would benefit from clarity and self-belief to develop their photographic practice?

PORTFOLIO REVIEW

One-to-one Portfolio Review
One session: 1 hour in msdm studio
Dates: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Fee: £60
To book: email paularoush@gmail.com 

Portfolio Reviews do also take place in the context of other Photography Events. I was one of the portfolio reviewers for IMAGO Portfolio Review which took place one week after the opening of Imago Photo Festival. It was open to applicants from around the world and was an opportunity for emerging and established photographers to submit their projects to a group of photography experts, including photography practitioners and museum curators/ directors.

PHOTOBOOK AND SELF-PUBLISHING WORKSHOP

This 1: 1 masterclass (individual sessions) is perfect for you if you have a photographic project that you want to publish, and you need to:

• develop the editorial plan
• consolidate the concept and / or narrative
• group, serialise and sequence photography and text
• use indesign to place photographs and text
• choose paper suitable for duplex printing
• learn to print duplex with laser printer
• bind the book by hand
• publish and distribute a small edition

Option 1.
1 Session 4h online
use whatsapp voice / video
Followed by email support
£200

Option 2
3 sessions of 4h each online
use whats app voice / video
Email support between sessions and after
£ 500 (Save £ 100)

Content of the sessions
• Clarification of project's definite chief aim: research, photographic selection and elements of story-telling
• Optimise photographs in photoshop and text in word
• Indesign's photobook design: photographic and typographic layout
• Laser printing
• Binding of the book dummy

Option 3.
London weekend / £ 800
• 3 full days dedicated to 1: 1 studio production
8 hours of production Friday: 9: 00-13: 00; 14:00 to 18:00
8 hours of production Saturday: 9: 00-13: 00; 14:00 to 18:00
8 hours of production Sunday: 9: 00-13: 00; 14:00 to 18:00

Content of the sessions
• Clarification of project's definite chief aim: research, photographic selection and elements of story-telling
• Preparation of photos in photoshop and text in word
• Indesign's photobook design: photo and text layout
• Laser printing
• Binding
• Final result: Editing 10-12 printed and bound photobooks
• Indesign package with indesign files and photos, ready for future editions

Extras
Food and coffee / tea included
Email support for future practice included

Photobook self-publishing workshops do also take place in the context of other Photography Events. Page-turner: Photography, the Book and Self-Publishing was a 4-day photobook publishing workshop and pop-up exhibitio, in partnership with The New Suspects/ Lisbon Photobook Fair [2015 , 2016 and 2017] and the Lisbon Photography Archives.

GIFT ECOLOGY
Mentoring in msdm studio may also be offered in the “Gift Ecology“, inspired by Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics.  If you can't afford the set fees, you are invited to gift the studio in return.
Those new to this practice ask what is the average gift given per session: this is typically the equivalent of £60 per 1 hour Portfolo review session, £200 per 4 hour session, £500 per package of 3x 4 hour sessions and £800 per weekend, as outlined above

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COURSES/MENTORING/MASTERCLASSES/WORKSHOPS/TALKS

paula roush is a photographer and educator based in London. She teaches art photography and photobook publishing at the School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University, as well as facilitating studio-based individual mentoring and small group workshops.
paula is the founder of msdm studio and Found Photo Foundation. A Fulbright scholar, as well as a recipient of a Bauhaus Kolleg Fellowship, she has been an artist in residence with the Frans Masereel Centrum and the Arab Image Foundation.
Contact: paularoush@gmail.com

COURSES
Senior Lecturer, Photography BA (Hons) 2006-present; Thesis supervisor, MA Photography (2011-2017) and  MRes Photography (2018).
School of Creative Arts, Division of Film and Media, London South Bank University, London UK.
Develop and teach undergraduate level modules in Photography and the Gallery, Self-Publishing and the Photobook, Professional Practice and Promotion (2006-2018). Directly involved in Division curriculum development and thesis supervision (2006- 2017). Curated Photobook Pop-Up (2015-2018) and ə/uh/-books project space for photobook publishing  (2016-2018).

Workshops/ Masterclasses
2019

Masterclass with paula roush
PhotoBookClub Lisboa in IMAGO Photo Festival.
Organised by EIFE Escola Informal de Fotografia do Espectáculo
Lisbon, Portugal
October 19, 2019

Publishing as Artistic Practice: participatory skill share and talk.
Conjunction Event from The Fish Factory, Penryn and CMR Project Space, Redruth. Organised by Alice Mahoney and Rose Hatcher
CMR Cornwall Media Resource, Redruth
January 2019

2018
Post-digital Publishing and Story-telling in the Photobook, Arts Llibre Workshop ESDA LLotja, Barcelona Spain, Artist's talk / workshop

2016
Nothing to undo
KHiO National Academy of the Arts Oslo
Guest Lecture and Facilitator of 5-day photobook publishing workshop with BA + MA students across the 3 pathways (Fine Arts, Design and Crafts).
Organised by Victoria Browne
Oslo Norway

The Page Turner: photographic archives, photobook works and self-publishing 
4 days workshop
National Art Library and msdm studio (day 1), London South Bank University School of Arts and Creative Industries print studios (days 2 -4)
January 24- 27 2016


2016-2018
Creative photography and photobook publishing workshops facilitator
ACAVA Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art.
Facilitator photography and self-publishing projects, both in Blechynden Street studio and partner West London- based centres.

Print Your Own photobook
Creative photography workshops for personal development and wellness, based at ACAVA Blechynden Street Art Studio. 2018

Venture Photography Archive and Photobook Publishing
Creative photography workshops for personal development and wellness, based at Venture Community Centre Art Studio. The results of these projects have been displayed at an exhibition at ACAVA Maxilla Walk Studios. 2016
https://www.acava.org/education-and-community/project/venture-photography


Charles Saint
Newspaperwork and wall photoworks developed with St George College art students
Funded by West London Clinical Commissioning Group to create a permanent art collection for St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing.
Bookworks developed with Venture Community Centre groups funded by R.Borough of Kensington & Chelsea through Public Health.

2015 - 2017
Page-turner: Photography, the Book and Self-Publishing
Facilitator of 4-day photobook publishing workshop and pop-up exhibition with artists and photographers to develop their photographic work into photobook projects
Lisbon Photobook Fair
Lisbon Photographic Archive satellite space

2014
CoolTan Arts Stays Up LATES: A Creative and Interactive Journey Exploring the History of Science and Mental Health 
Program of workshops, editing and designing CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle / Science Museum’s LATES book project with photographic documentation, related art work and many of the original talks given by volunteers on the guided tours.
Digital copy online:   http://www.cooltanarts.org.uk/largactyl-shuffle-science-museum-lates

2013
Xistorias/ Schistories: project facilitator> Commission to create a project in the ‘schist’ mountain villages of Portugal, an area that has become depopulated and is now being developed as a destination for tourists. Titled Schistories, the participatory work used oral history, new technologies and creative processes in wokshops and liveperformance to evoke a dramatic encounter between the rural traditions of the past and present-day cultural practices.

Open books: artists newspapers and QR codes.
Program of workshops leading to creation and publication of newspapers with four artists users of CoolTan Arts studio: William Ball, Graeme Newton, Aaron W.J. Pilgrim and Saffron Saidi.
Commissioned by HS Projects with funding from ICAP: Insight Community Arts Programme. Artwork was exhibited in the lounge area in ICAP London’s headquarters building (Blackfriars), and could be accessed and downloaded via QR codes.
http://www.cooltanarts.org.uk/cooltan-arts-news/open-books-project/

Dreaming Through: Self-publishing workshop for artists and educators
Resulting works showcased alongside the exhibition in street facing displays at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning Gallery, London

Queer Paper Gardens: exploring relationship between collage and self-publishing.
Workshop for artists and educators.
EDP Foundation, Lisbon

2008     
Shared Worlds Collaborative and Participatory Art. Workshop, Seminar, Talks, Art interventions, Public Art
Coordination by Monica De Miranda, with: paula roush, Faisal Abdu’Allah and Paul Goodwin.
Centro Cultural de Lagos and vicinity,
July  25- 27 2008,

2004
SOS:OK project facilitator. Commission to create a temporary public artwork in the site of former Biscuit town, Bermondsey,entitled SOS:OK Emergency Biscuit. Workshops allowed former workers of the Biscuit Factory to imagine and design a new biscuit to represent their neighborhood. Featured in the exhibition Public Services along with the work of Marjetica Potrc, Apolonija Šušteršic, Temporary Services (USA), representing the way artists today think about structures and forms in contemporary cities

1998     
Project Temporary Homes
South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, TAP-Trust Art Project, ASHA Projects, Eaves Housing, Riverpoint Emergency Hostel and Sojourner Housing Association
Funding: London Arts Boards Regional Challenge/ New Audiences Programme.
Workshops with four women's organisations and women living in temporary accommodation in mixed-media project (using photography, video and web design)
The artwork was exhibited in the Temporary Homes exhibition, 198 Gallery

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, TAP-Trust Art Project/ Lambeth Hospital
Developed participatory project with staff and people living in and near the healthcare estate using mixed-media (photography, video and writing).
The artwork was published and exhibited in the healthcare estate

Talks
2019
Torn, Folded, Curled: photobookworks with orphan photographs, School of Arts & Creative Industries ACI Research and Enterprise Conference: Storytelling and the Networked Image in a digital/post-digital landscape, London South Bank University, May 23 2019

Torn, Folded, Curled: Orphan Photographs Sourced From the Arab Image Foundation (Crafting an Archaeology of the Recent Past, One Photobookwork at a Time). The Archive: Visual Culture In The Middle East Symposium. Lebanese American University, School of Architecture & Design/ Department of Art & Design symposium. Organised by Yasmine Nachabe Taan and Melissa Plourde Khoury. LAU Byblos campus, April 5 2019

2016
The Photobook as Artistic Research & Expression In collaboration with ICVL Studio,  Unveil'd Photography Festival. Organised by Alejando Acin.

Why on earth be a flaneuse when I can be a glaneuse? Photobook Talks. Organised by Flaneur Project, Carpe Diem, Lisbon

2015 
Super-privateArab Image Foundation, Beyrut Lebanon, Artist's talk
Photobook: education and pedagogical networks. Presentation at the Lisbon Photobook Fair, Lisbon, Nov 2015

2014
Chaos of memories- Surviving archives and the ruins of history according to the found photo foundation. Presented at Order and Collapse: The Lives of Archives, University of Gothenburg & Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg 2014

UBM Artists Lunchtime talk: Michael Armitage, Frank Pudney, paula roush, Lucia Vera. Talk in conjunction with the exhibition Connecting Worlds presented by Drawing Room in collaboration with UBM. UBM's meeting room on the 9th Floor, Ludgate House

2013
X Time: Time that has already been time – a preamble in two chapters, UMAR/Feminist University, Seminar The Uses of Time,  Lisbon Portugal, Seminar
Queer paper gardens / Estranhos jardins de papel, guided visit to the exhibition,The Lisbon Consortium: III Lisbon Summer for the Study of Culture Programme
True Tales: Queer artistic strategies. With: Ana Pérez-Quiroga, Patrícia Guerreiro, paula roush, Maria Lusitano, João Manuel de Oliveira and Nuno Crespo. Part of the video programme hetero q.b., Museu do Chiado, Museu do Chiado, Lisbon
2010
Browser Landscapes. Tiresias: Video by artists, Centro Cultural de Espana, Montevideo, Uruguay, April 2010
2009
Up for grabs: webcams, aesthetic failure and intermedial Internet spectatorship. Panel Conspiracy Dwellings: Surveillance in Contemporary Art. ISEA 2009, the 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Belfast
From flat box to 3D storycube: photography, youth cultures and counter-archival strategies, Mediated Memories Symposium, Journal of Media Practice, Sussex University
Open education networks. Knowledge Unlimited. 4th Takeaway Festival. DANA Centre, London
Tweeting is half of the work- artist’s work placement and the web 2.0 + Real blogging is academic blogging, Elearning@work, London South Bank University, London
Reinterpreting the archive: from flat paper to the 3-D web. Photography Education Symposium. Issue four of the journal Photographies, London South Bank University, London
Open Education Networks vs ‘Bricks and mortar’ Universities. Resolutely Analogue?: Art Museums in Digital Culture. Learning and Teaching in New Media: Questions of Literacy. Tate Encounters, London
2008
Video as a zone of activity. Video Art and Art & Film essay in Portugal Symposium, CAMJAP – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
Social networking and authentic engagement: students as ‘produsers’. Learners in the Co-creation of Knowledge (LICK) 2008, Napier University, Edinburgh
Sociable Publishing – a photo publishing project at lulu.com. Published Words, Public Pages – Sharp Copenhagen. A Nordic Conference on International Print Culture. The Danish Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen
Photopublishing with Lulu, situating feedback in socially networked practices. CLTAD 4th International Conference Enhancing Curricula: using research and enquiry to inform student learning, New York
The posthuman finger. The Red Room Platform, Loving Big Brother: From George Orwell to reality TV - is surveillance to be feared or embraced? ArtsAdmin, London
Shared worlds: workshop-seminar about collaborative and participatory art. Local Worlds exhibition, Lagos
Flat Screen, No Signal: Body and Location Under CCTV. Conspiracy Dwellings: Symposium on Surveillance in Contemporary Art in the Southhill Park Arts Centre
2006
WUK-RADIO: Ear Appeal (Orange 94)
Presentation of the project Protest Academy as part of the exhibition Ear Appeal at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse. paula roush  with Doreen Mende, curator of the exhibition,  WUC Radio Broadcast event

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PERFORMATIVE PRESENTATIONS
2012
Feminising Ed, a discussion of Tested: vaio road test  in the context of other feminist projects that approach historical artists’ books and documents by the use of archive and exhibition making. The Ed Show, The Digital Art Gallery London South Bank University, London UK
2011
Intimate Tv: Webcamming & Social Life-Logging in The Surveillant-Sousveillant Space , ISEA 2011 The 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Sabanci University,  Istanbul, Turkey
A field (of interconnected realities: cyber drawing and mash-up electronic goodness, ISEA 2011 The 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Sabanci University,  Istanbul, Turkey
2010
Intimate TV - forward:delete (wayback safari), Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg Germany
A field,  Living Room artists’ talk, Artstation, Auckland, NZ
2009
Speed/sight, Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Gallery P74, Ljubljana Slovenia
2009
CCTV ecstasy, The 4th Radiator festival: Exploits in the Wireless City, QUAD, Derby UK




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Torn, Folded,Curled… in The Archive: Visual Culture In The Middle East Symposium.


Torn, Folded, Curled is a working term used at the Arab Image Foundation to categorise heavily damaged photographs that require special care in storage and preservation. It is also the title for a project started with photographic research at the Foundation followed by a publishing residency at PlanBEY that resulted in photobookworks and an exhibition in Beyrut (Makan, 2015).
In this session I shared how I developed three photobookworks Bayroumi, Super-Private and Today from the Arab Image Foundation photography collections and went on to publish them with Beirut based publisher PlanBey. I shared my way of being in a collections environment, how to research, how to collaborate, to get both powerful images and relevant text for great bookworks.

Further info here:

Torn, Folded, Curled: Orphan Photographs Sourced From the Arab Image Foundation 
(Crafting an Archaeology of the Recent Past, One Photobookwork at a Time).
The Archive: Visual Culture In The Middle East Symposium.
(Publishing as an Intellectual Design Platform: Lebanon)
Lebanese American University, School of Architecture & Design
Department of Art & Design symposium.
Organised by Yasmine Nachabe Taan and Melissa Plourde Khoury.
LAU Byblos campus, April 5, 2019
archive-brochure.pdf

AL-YOM / TODAY
paula roush: SUPER – PRIVATE : SCENES 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
SUPER – PRIVATE : SCENES 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
SEX’N’DATABASE IN MEMBRANA MAGAZINE

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Publishing as Artistic Practice: participatory skill share and talk at CMR Redruth.

Publishing as Artistic Practice: participatory skill share and talk. Conjunction Event from The Fish Factory, Penryn and CMR Project Space, Redruth. Organised by Alice Mahoney and Rose Hatcher. CMR Cornwall Media Resource, Redruth
2018

Print in the age of DIY & Publishing as Artistic Practice is a Conjunction event from The Fish Factory, Penryn and CMR Project Space, Redruth organised by Alice Mahoney and Rose Hatcher. This day aims to bring together artists and creatives with an interest in print techniques including Riso printing, discussing the DIY punk print scene and zines, as well as artist books, photobooks and publishing as artistic practice.

Print in the age of DIY:
11 - 4:30pm - Fish Factory
Participatory skill share event making prints and collaborative zine with free networking lunch and will include:

• Mimeograph display and printing.
• How to make a zine.
• Talk about Mimeograph printing, its history and contemporary Risograph printing from Benjamin at Dizzy Ink.
• Talk and showcase from Notts Zine Library.

This event aims to open up our print area and other facilities to a new audience. The collaborative element of zine making aims to open up discussion on the subject of the DIY punk print scene, the Cornwall Zine Library (hosted by the Fish Factory) and collaborative practices within the realms of illustration, writing, design, photography and printmaking.
 Transport provided at 4:30pm to CMR where the event will continue.

Publishing as Artistic Practice:
5pm - 9pm - CMR

Talk and presentation with artist paula roush, who founded MSDM Publishing and is the curator for ə /uh/ -books:  a project space for photobook publishing at the London South Bank University where she also teaches photobook publishing.

Artistic practice, visual research, image archives, and publishing are some of the medium debated in this event:
How do we find ways to bring the productive chaos of artistic practice into the apparently seamless order of the artist’s book?
How do we develop a visual language that communicates page after page the content and materiality of artistic research?
Each artist will have their own method, and in this seminar, we will look at examples of publishing as artistic practice. Our aim is to analyse some of the ways research and artwork are integrated in ‘democratic multiples’ known as artists’ books.  
In this seminar, we will discuss varied publishing formats and approaches, and think of one’s studio as a platform for self- publishing. Tools and equipment useful for a ‘do it yourself’ approach are discussed as well as material features of the book that require solutions in the form of double-side printing, separation of the visual material into sections and imposition of the material into layout and sequence.

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RS FILES: backstory

RS FILES London - Munich To Be Continued is a collective photobookwork,  based on a set of rules created for the workshop Self-Publishing and the Photobook, March 9th 2018

RS FILES is inspired in the photobook AZ. X/1613/80 by Jens Masmann, presented in his artists’ talk in London March 6th, 2018. In his lecture, Jens demonstrated how to develop a fictional spy plot when working with one's own photographic archive. The bookwork adopts the aesthetics of a police file, to place the story in the territory of former East Germany and its Stasi state security police. The book has an ironic twist on notions of photographic evidencing, suggesting criminal activity where there is only harmless material, and is the perfect summation of the photobook as the medium to evolve fictional narrative though sequencing.

Its content had initially been considered as the source material for the students’ workshop. However the same week Jens visited London for the lecture and workshop, Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with a nerve agent in Salisbury. paula roush being a compulsive news reader was fascinated by the way a spy story was being concocted all over the news in real time and suggested replacing the AZ. X/1613/80 workshop materials with files related the Skripals’ case.

Gleaning the web using the words Russian Spy in multiple search engines led to online archives, news reports and Instagram/ Twitter/ Facebook accounts of several news agencies. A selection of 87 gifs and jpegs including press photography, political archives and screenshots were archived in a single folder titled RS files. All the images were anonymised and given a number from RS-00.jpg to RS-86.jpg. A compilation of photographic cutouts from printed newspapers published in London that week was also made available. The workshop room was equipped with laser and inkjet printers, photocopiers, scanners and varied types of paper.

These were the workshop rules:
Rule 1 - Each participant creates one folio with photographs from the RS Files. All folios to be assembled in one single signature book loosely bound with elastic.
Rule 2 - Design to include varied: page size, image processing, printing method and paper type.
Rule 3 - Participants to do their best to match their folios with the ones adjacent in the book structure, starting from the cover, proceeding to the next.

After the participants designed and printed their folios, Jens sequenced the final edition, relying on visual structure and formal-thematic synergies between folios, creating a unique plot for what still remains an unsolved case. Jens also designed an envelope identifying the project, participants and workshop rules. Of this edition, 28 copies have been printed with the support of the Research as Practice cluster at the School of Arts and Creative Industries. 
As the work includes photographs that do not belong to public property yet, this book is published NOT FOR SALE.

Links:
RS FILES London - Munich To Be Continued: the photobook
LNDN: Jens Masmann  workshop and exhibition at ə/uh/-books project space
AZ. X/1613/80 by Jens Masmann

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Photo-editions: multiple explorations

UNTITLED#1: Photo Editions and multiples
Copeland Gallery, London
December 11- 13 2017

The photoworks and editions presented in this exhibition were developed in the Photography and the Gallery module led by paula roush with dave lewis and 2nd year Photography, School of Arts and Creative Industries / London South Bank University

We structured our project into three key stages to move students swiftly from research, to design thinking to production and presentation of the photoworks.
1- Historical overview of photographic editions, multiples and full range of its applications in art, fashion and advertising;
2- Design process, to plan and test-print new photoworks. Conceptual thinking, photographic editing and prototyping. This includes visits to UV-printing studio, overview of  3D substrates and preparation of files to outsource printing;
3- Final production and presentation of the works by curating and showcasing the exhibition at the Copeland gallery.
With the support of Canon, students were able to have their photoworks printed with Arizona printers at a reduced cost.

With: Kate Gentry  |   Samrawit Mihreteab MILLIE Attle |  Samantha Sutton | Peter di-Mola Jordan | Raluca Babos, Emma Bircham, Razvan Bronda, Iga Cegielko, Jemima Charrett-Dykes, Anesha Darling, Jacob Frazer, Bethany Gwynne, Isabella Hewlett, Toby Hinds, Charlotte Joseph, Tomasz Klimara, Mollie Lyons, Samrawit Mihreteab, Jai Mills, Daisy Morey, Micah Morgan, Josh Pilkington, Regan Ross, Daniel Sargent, J-C Sibanda/ Megan Smallshaw/ Ryan Sparkes/ Aleksandra Stepka/ Sarah Teacy/ Isaac Watson/ Esin Yakar
[exhibition poster] [video documentation of the exhibition] [copeland gallery website]

 

To round off the concepts and techniques learned, participants designed their online portfolios to showcase and sell their projects to a wider audience.
Check their websites:

Amelia Attle, Razvan Bronda, Emma Bircham, Iga Cegielko, Bethany Gwynne, Isabella Hewlett, Peter Jordan, Toby Hinds, Charlotte Joseph, Tomasz Klimara, Mollie Lyons, Samrawit Mihreteab, Micah Morgan, Josh Pilkington, Regan Ross, J-C Sibanda/ Ryan Sparkes/ Samantha Sutton/ Isaac Watson/ Esin Yakar

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A photographic project based around a contemporary health centre

Walking and photographing we explored the poetics of everyday life, investigated the relationship of place to memory, uncovered fragments of the former hospital’s history, documented processes of urban transformation and essayed personal responses to the space. The final artwork is these photographs that mirror photobooks created in editorial workshops during which we folded and sewed photographs into paper-based constellations. The images have been installed in the centre’s walls and printed as a newspaper photowork

ACAVA commissioned the studio to work with St Charles 6th Form College  Art and Photography students and their tutors to create a site-specific photographic project for  St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing in Ladbroke Grove area, West London.

first workshop: photographic research

In the  first workshop we started by looking at photobooks and photozines  that engage with sites/ places / spaces and debated what site-specific photographic work can do:

  • explore poetics of the everyday in the area- things that are not necessarily noticed but are part of day to day life
  • investigate  relationship of space to memory
  • document urban transformation
  • uncover fragments of historical urban landscape 
  • represent feelings, emotional response to the space
  • research a specific site through walking, drifting, getting lost

Photozines are a very tangible way to work in response to a place. Its immediacy allow for a quick representation of a subject or idea; and  they can be easily designed and printed with a home printer and photocopier. We looked at: Lucinda Smart's Let me take you by the hand, a photonewspaper work, Adam Murray's Winterthur photozine ,and our photobookzine Paintball Field, examples of photoworks that resulted from spending time photographing a place and sequencing the photographic series into a timeline that captures the lived experience of the place. 

We also had our first site visit and used the photo cameras for an initial photo-documentation of the centre. The history of the site can be traced back to 1879 when Saint Marylebone Infirmary was built in Rackham Street, Ladbroke Grove, to support the sick poor serviced by the Saint Marylebone Workhouse. Renamed in 1930 as St. Charles Hospital, some of this background story can be uncovered at Peter Higginbotham's workhouses site.

editorial workshops: book dummies

These are the amazing first photobook dummies produced during the subsequent editorial workshops, experimenting with design, printing and bookbinding.
Views of some of the books created by Chloe, Monet, Amy, Eden, Sundus, Jack, Kavita, Dominika and Zainab.

PDF of the collective  newspaper work here

colophon
Project by msdm/ paula roush for the St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing in North Kensington, West London. With St Charles College art students (fine arts, textiles and photography) and their tutors. Managed by Isabella Niven- ACAVA [Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art] in collaboration with St Charles College. With the support of Lorraine McGuinness, Meena Julien, Craig Wheatley and Melanie Rye. Funded by NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group. Published by ACAVA.

 Photobooks by Kavita Mahabir-Singh, Eden Hawkes, Dominika Ostrowska, Sundus Abubaker, Amy Valance John-Brown, Zainab Jode, Jack Sheppard, Chloé Tomasin,Monet Jean-Charles.

2-3>Kavita Mahabir-Singh | Ever Changing 22 Pages 29 X 20.5
4-5>Eden Hawkes | Between Bricks Of Nature 8 Pages 14.8 X 21 cm
6-7>Dominika Ostrowska | Serenity 16 Pages 21 X 14.5 cm
8-9>Sundus Abubaker | Nature 8 Pages 14.8 X21 cm
10-11>Amy Valance John-Brown | As Nature Unfolds...9 Pages 19 X 13 cm (171cm total)
12-13>Zainab Jode | 16 Pages 14.8 X 21 cm
14-15>Jack Sheppard | Aperture 10 Pages 19.7 X 29.7 cm
16-17>Chloé Tomasin | Sitting Down Brings Back Memories… 8 pages 18.5 x 12.5 cm (148 cm total)
18-19>Monet Jean-Charles | Isolation 16 pages 14.8 X21 cm
1-20> paula roush | where shall we wander 72 pages 21 x 29.7 cm

Permanent installation at  St Charles Centre for Health & Wellbeing in North Kensington, West London, 2015

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Fellowship Higher Education Academy

This is the report on my teaching practice I presented to the Higher Education Academy to become a fellow

HEA Fellowship presentation slides

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PHOTOBOOK POP-UP

Photobook Pop-up 
The photobook pop-up  is part of Self-Publishing and the Photobook module, a  12 - weeks project researching photographic art as a publishing practice. paula in collaboration with Alejandro Acin, IC VisualLab.
With: School of Arts and Creative Industries (London South Bank University),
2nd year Photography
Where: London Rd Solutions Centre and Borough Rd Gallery, London

Pop-up#3  15- 18 May 2018 here>
Pop-up#2  15-19 May 2017 here>
Pop-up #1 23-27  May 2016 here>


What I believe makes this module like some others stand out from their counterparts within other similar institutes is it’s ability to take that much necessary additional step which deals with the realisation of what happens once a product has been made. It is here that there is clear evidence of something special.
The collectively curated and themed programme and the pop up shop is an excellent example of providing alternative first hand potentially transformative models for entrepreneurship and engagement for investment. The production values of the books and zines demonstrated a sophistication and detailed engagement with the craft.

Jonathan Shaw, Professor of Photography and Media and Director of Coventry University’s Disruptive Media Learning Lab

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The Page Turner at the V&A National Art Library

Page Turner: photographic archives, photobook works and self-publishing 
4 days workshop
National Art Library and msdm studio (day 1), London South Bank University School of Arts and Creative Industries print studios (days 2,3,4)
January 24- 27 2016

This course explores the intersection of photographic archives and photobook publishing.
Day 1: start at the V&A by visiting the National Art Library and get inspired by the photobooks in the artists’ books collection, followed by photographic research in msdm studio.
Days 2, 3, 4: The workshop continues at the London South Bank University at the art studios to develop photobook dummies, including photo narrative, sequencing, printing and binding.

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Page-Turner at the Lisbon Photobook Fair

Page-turner: Photography, the Book and Self-Publishing
4-day photobook publishing workshop and pop-up exhibition with artists and photographers to develop their photographic work into photobook projects
in partnership with The New Suspects/ Lisbon Photobook Fair / Lisbon Photography Archives.
Lisbon Photography Archive satellite space
Lisbon Photobook Fair: 2015 , 2016 and 2017

The workshop and exhibition project PAGE TURNER: photography, the book and self-publishing presents a provocation to the generally held assumption of the centrality of the photographic series and sequencing in the photobook. Challenging this perspective that has become the canon of photobook thinking, the workshops propose to look instead at what surrounds the photographs, starting with the book form, whose traditionally recognisable features- codex,  double spread,  textual and paratextual elements (index, colophon, table of contents, etc) – act conjointly to support an expanded notion of photographic art where humour, everyday and the archive can be read.
During the 4 days intensive workshop we have the opportunity to engage with photobook publishing as artistic practice, and particularly with the intersection between photography and the book.
The workshop has a double objective:
1) to map the conceptual framework of photobook works for those developing academic projects and/ or writing critically on the topic;
2) to support the practice of a photobook project, for those already working in a photobook or intending to develop one from an existing photographic collection.

Page turner#4: Photography, the Book and Self-publishing workshop and exhibition
with: Andresa Olímpio, Arlindo Pinto, Francisco Varela, Maria Portaluppi, Ines Torres de Lima, Jorge Alexandre Pereira, Luís Carvalhal, María Prada, Matilde Viegas, Pippa Healy e Sara Rocio
November 23-26 2107
8th Lisbon Photobook Fair at the Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa Fotográfico, Portugal

Page Turner#2- Photography, The Book and Self-Publishing , workshops and exhibition view, 7th Lisbon Photobook Fair, Arquivo Municipal De Lisboa, 2016. with: Maria Alves,  Ana Alvim,  Ana Fonseca,  Silvia Goncalves,   Fernando Marante,  Luisa Neves,  Anik Polo,  Luis Santo Vaz,   Francisco Varela, Pelayo Iglesias

PAGE TURNER #1: LISBON PHOTOBOOK FAIR 2015

Page Turner#1- Photography, The Book and Self-Publishing , workshops and exhibition view, 6th Lisbon Photobook Fair, Arquivo Municipal De Lisboa, 2015

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BOOKI

SKALA Gallery , Poznan, Polland
Booki. Studying Photobooks
Curated by Jarosław Klupś & Honza Zamojski ( University of the Arts in Poznan
Selection of books  by: Victoria Rowena Browne - Kunsthøgskolen, Oslo/ paula roush - London South Bank University/ Olja Triaška Stefanović - Vysoká škola výtvarných umení, Bratislava/ Vladimír Birgus - Institut tvůrčí fotografie, Slezské univerzity v Opavě/ Linn Schröder - Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Hamburg/ Jarosław Klupś - University of Art in Poznań.
November 25 – December 2, 2017

[press release] [Booki LSBU-catalogue of photobooks]   [ Booki poster ]

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photobook story-telling at Llotja

Post-digital Publishing and Story-telling in the Photobook
ARTS LLIBRE WORKSHOP
Contemporary print culture: the post-digital practice specifically applied to publishing
'Medium as practice' approach:
Narrative procedures for story-telling focused on the medium-specific elements of the book
(1) design
(2) physical interaction and
(3) engagement with vernacular publishing practices

Nave Arts del Llibre ESDA LLotja, seu de Sant Andreu Barcelona
20/04/18 18:30 h.

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London Road Photobook Pop-up

Photobook Pop-UP #2
With: 2nd year Photography at the School of Arts and Creative Industries (London South Bank University) 

Enigma 31: Amy Hinckley, Sara Brudkiewicz, Liam James, Luke Candido, Chloe Lewis, Amy Cass, Andrea Maier, Thomas Chaplin, Lawrence Michailidis, Andrealetizia Pedrini, Callum Collins, Sofia Petrou, Katie Coultrup, Elizabeth Presland, Daniel Cuadrado, Nicolle Da Silva, Lydia-Jade Short, Shaina Dixon, Tracey Stagles, Chloe Dodds, Zofia Szulc, Billy Edmonds, Hannah Tointon, Sophie Goodfellow, Alyssa Johnson, Jamie Stevens, Ka’ena, Egusa-Eckart, Aaron Whipps, Anna Voceikina
+ Guests: Ana Alvim, Ana Fonseca, Anik Polo, Daniela de Moraes, Escola Superior de Educacao de Viseu, Fernando Marante, Francisco Varela, Heloise Bergman, Jessica Brouder, Kim Svensson, Lara Gonzalez,  Pippa Healy and Sara Rocio
Membrana photography magazine, with editor-in-chief Jan Babnik, to launch their bi-annual print publication
London Rd Solutions Centre,126 London Road SE1 (Elephant & Castle), London
May 15th - 19th  2017

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super-private: artist’s talk

The process of researching a photographic collection is a subtle negotiation of understandings: the practice of acquiring and documenting photographs, the dialogue between digital and analogue format, the controlled environment of preservation, as well as conversation, accidents and mere chance encounters confronted with and within the space housing the collection.
Over the course of two weeks, London-based artist paula roush created work informed by her readings of the photographic collections at the Arab Image Foundation and her practice as an artist working with found photographs in both print and installation.

A talk by paula roush
The Arab Image Foundation
AIF Library: Zoghbi building, 4th floor 337, Gouraud Street Gemmayzeh
Thursday, July 2nd  2015