News

Closure for the remainder of the season

Hexham Abbey

In light of the rapidly changing situation with regard to the spread of the coronavirus and the most recent government advice, Hexham & District Photographic Society has decided to suspend the programme for the rest of the season, including tonight’s meeting at the Torch Centre.  We will therefore postpone the AGM and the Society Awards night until the beginning of next season in September if circumstances have improved sufficiently.   We are currently considering running the Print of the Year Competition digitally so that the entries can be received and judged remotely, in order that we can complete this season’s competitions.  Please let me know if you have any objections to this course of action Read More …

LANDSCAPE ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY – My ten year journey – An evening with Ollie Taylor

Ollie Taylor is an international award winning landscape astrophotographer from Dorset. His passion for night photography ignited in Iceland in 2011. He has gone on to establish an international reputation and run very successful astrophotography workshops across Europe.     Take this opportunity to explore exquisite night landscapes from fabulous European locations in the company of a leading exponent of the art.   Tuesday March 3rd the evening starts promptly at 19.30 This evening is open to non members and guests at a cost of £3 on the door. Members – Free For further information please contact: [email protected] or visit: www.ollietaylorphotography.com  

Council Meeting January 8th 2020 Highlights

No formal annual exhibition will be held this year at the Abbey to reduce costs. We will focus our attention on publicity via the quarterly Hexham Courant Feature, exhibiting in shop windows via the Hexham Open Space Initiative and exhibiting at the Northumberland County Show.   A volunteer is urgently required to coordinate our participation in the Northumberland County Show starting in early February – please contact the President if you can help.   Dave and Kevin will develop next year’s agenda in order to transition the Syllabus Secretary duties from Rob.   The Society will sponsor the film Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012) at this year’s Hexham Film Festival.   Competition Rules will be Read More …

Photography Workshops Launch

Workshops

New for the 2019 to 2020 season Hexham and District Photographic Society are pleased to announce the introduction of a series of workshops available exclusively to society members. The workshops selected for this season cover a range of photographic genres, carefully selected to cater for a broad range of interests as well as levels of photographic skills.   For many years the society has organised assignments offering members the opportunity to meet up in different locations, capture images and produce prints to be presented on members nights. Following feedback from members it was decided that this should be enhanced and made into more of a workshop format by offering three distinct parts: The “Pre Meet” Read More …

Hexham Community Group Showcase

Hexham Photographic Society will be attending the forthcoming Community Showcase event in the Wentworth Leisure Centre on Saturday 31st August. The FREE event is being held by Hexham Community Partnership and is supported by the Tynedale Lions.     Open to the public 10am till 2pm, the event is an opportunity to learn more about Hexham Photographic Society, what we have on our syllabus this year and to talk to existing members of the society. We look forward to meeting you there.

2019 Annual Exhibition Opens

Hexham & District Photographic Society is pleased to announce that the annual exhibition of member’s images, is now open until the 18th of August in the North Transept of Hexham Abbey. The exhibition reflects the diverse range of interests of the societies membership, with over 60 stunning prints and digital images all produced by the members of the society. Society vice-president Gerry Stephens said: “The event has attracted thousands of visitors in the past, so it would be great to see the same turn out again this year.”     This year, work by photographers such as Danny Brannigan, Lesley Middleton, Sheila Stranger and Dave Strother will be featured. The exhibition is open daily from 10:00 Read More …

Keynote speech from explorer, Conrad Dickinson 23/04/19

Conrad Poster

Join us for our end of season keynote speech & presentation night, with the famed British explorer, Conrad Dickinson at the Forum Cinema, Hexham – 7pm 23rd April 2019.   Conrad is a proud born and bred Northumbrian, who, apart from a spell as an Army Officer (specializing in Arctic Warfare) has spent the majority of his working career in the North East; successfully building his family business. However, he is probably better known for having put the North East and Britain on the map with his Polar Expeditions.   He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and he has a passion for wildlife and photography. He is also an ambassador and patron Read More …

Tyne Valley Film Festival

The Hexham & District Photographic Society, working in partnership with the Forum Cinema, brings the film ‘Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay’ to Hexham as a part of the 2019 Tyne Valley Film Festival, in March.   Rob Halliburton, the Syllabus Secretary, has been liaising with David Nixon from the Forum, and Grant Scott, the producer, to secure the film as the Society’s recommendation for the festival.   The film will be screened on Sunday 31st March at 7pm, and will be FREE for the whole community to attend.   William ‘Bill’ Jay  (12 August 1940 – 10 May 2009) was a photographer, a writer on and advocate of photography, a curator, Read More …

Hexham Courant – Calling All Local Photographers

Danny Brannigan

Page 37 of the 29.11.18 Hexham Courant has a call for local photographers. The ‘Best Snaps of the Season’ featuring Tynedale are wanted by December the 14th.   “The aim of the community project is to reflect what the county means to different people, whilst giving local photographers an opportunity to exhibit their work on a professional platform.”   Submission are to be posted on Instagram with title and #OurTynedale and @hexhamcourant. The most popular pictures online will be in with a chance of being selected to feature in a future issue of the Courant and will be accompanied by a short biography about the photographer.

Charity Calendars for the Boatside Inn

Matt Cawood, the Landlord of the Boatside Inn at Warden, took delivery of 100 Planner style Charity Calendars for 2019 and 150 Christmas cards, produced by members of Hexham & District Photographic Society at the end of October.   The Calendars are on sale in the Boatside Inn for £12.50 and will be raising money for the Emma Newton fund. Emma Newton was a Performing Arts student who was killed when a tree fell on her car. The charity, set up by her parents, supports young people wanting a career in the Performing Arts.   The idea of the planner came up in discussion with Matt who was initially looking for prints from members of Read More …