Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

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August 1, 2017
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North Sea Fishing

We’re delighted to write that Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert currently has two bodies of work exhibiting with Shetland ArtsNorth Sea Fishing is showing until August 27th at the Bonhoga Gallery, and Klondykers is showing at the Mareel arts centre for the next year, both in the Shetland Isles.

About the North Sea Fishing exhibtion, Shetland Arts wrote: “Scottish documentary photographer Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert captured the reality of the life at sea for the fishermen of Scotland’s North East fishing communities aboard the seine net fishing boats, Mairead and Argosy, in the North Sea in the 1990s.

These images serve as an important record of a period and style of fishing which is already passing into history, an insight into the working conditions for seine net fishermen, operating far from the safety and comforts of the shore. They capture the cramped conditions, monotony, and the grueling work in harsh conditions.

The North Sea – “a confused sea” as it was once described to me and, as one fishing trawler skipper told me, late at night, only the instrument panel lighting the bridge room, “the north sea, she’s a cruel mistress”.

With thanks to Ronnie Hughes and the crew of the Mairead, and Duncan Mackenzie and the crew of the Argosy, for their hospitality and generosity. All photographs shot in 1993 on the Mairead, and 1995 on the Argosy.

This is a touring exhibition hosted by the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. The production has been made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of several organisations including Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow, Scottish Fishermen’s Trust, Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation and Loxley Colour Photo Lab.”

The Klondykers work (2 images above), shot in 1994, and published as a zine by Cafe Royal Books, looks at the period in Shetland’s history when fish processing ships from the Eastern Bloc countries would come to Shetland waters buying up catches of mackerel and herring from Scottish fisheries. The Klondykers work was written about by Shetland News here on the publication of the Cafe Royal Books. Very limited numbers of the Klondykers book will be on sale fro Shetland Arts during the run of the exhibition.

Speaking to the Shetland News, Jeremy says of his time photographing in Shetland “It was the period when communism had collapsed and Eastern Europe was opening up. To come to Shetland to see street signs in Cyrillic and people in all these foreign accents walking around – it was a fascinating time.

I remember driving out to the garbage dump. A couple of ships had been impounded in the port and hadn’t been allowed back to sea, and the company weren’t paying the crews any wages.

You had all these guys in the Lerwick garbage dump looking for things they could refurbish to take home, or things they could sell.

And I remember Shetlanders driving up and giving them packets of cigarettes, or bags of clothes and things. It was interesting to see that Shetlanders were rallying around to help them.”

North Sea Fishing, 8th July – 27th August, Bonhoga Gallery, Weisdale Mill, Weisdale ZE2 9LW.

Klondykers, for the next year, at Mareel, North Ness,, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0WQ.

The North Sea Fishing exhibition, on completion of its run in Shetland, will travel onwards to:

Wick, St Fergus Gallery, 9th September – 21st October.

Thurso Art Gallery, 28th October – 9th December.

Greenock, Beacon Arts Centre, 6th January 2018 – 24th February 2018.

September 16, 2016
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North Sea Fishing

In Scotland’s Season of Photography, the Scottish Fisheries Museum is delighted to be hosting a striking exhibition of black and white images shot aboard the seine net fishing boats, Mairead and Argosy, in the North Sea in the 1990’s. These images, by Scottish documentary photographer Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, capture the reality of the life at sea for the fishermen of Scotland’s North East fishing communities – the cramped conditions, the monotony, and the grueling work in harsh conditions.

Bill Smith secures the nets, aboard the 'Argosy' seine-net fishing boat in the North Sea, Scotland, February 1995. Photograph by ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 1995.

Bill Smith secures the nets, aboard the ‘Argosy’ seine-net fishing boat in the North Sea, Scotland, February 1995. Photograph by ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 1995.

 

12th November 2016 – 19th February 2017
Entry included in museum admission

Here, Jeremy talks about how the work came about:

“Considering I come from a land-locked family I’ve done my fair share of bobbing about on the waves of the planet, and no sea has more bobbing than the North Sea (although going through the 40degress and 50 degree latitudes of the Southern Ocean was quite interesting). The North Sea – “a confused sea” as it was once described to me and, as one fishing trawler skipper told me, late at night, only the instrument panel lighting the bridge room, “the north sea, she’s a cruel mistress”.

I think my first experience on the North Sea was on a fishing trawler, on an overnight assignment photographing fishing trawlers for a paper. There was a fisherman’s protest, lots of trawlers all together, protesting latest EU rules and regulations, net sizes and quotas. I got sent out to photograph. It was a night of adventure: watch dawn rise, shoot the other boats, back to harbour, home by lunchtime. The skipper that night, Ronnie, was a decent chap. I asked him how long he usually goes out for at a time, “10 days”, was the reply. “Can I come next time?” I asked. He smiled, he laughed, he replied, “if you think you can handle it, you can come, but there’s no going back. If you’re sea sick you’ll be sea sick for 10 days”. Count me in.”

The results of this expedition are captured in these striking images which serve as an important record of a period and style of fishing which is already passing into history and the Scottish Fisheries Museum is pleased to be able to provide our visitors with an insight into the working conditions for seine net fishermen, operating far from the safety and comforts of the shore.

We feel equally privileged to be hosting the inaugural display of this exhibition which will then tour other venues nationwide. The production has been made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of several organisations including Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow, Scottish Fishermen’s Trust, Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation and Loxley Colour Photo Lab.

Aboard the 'Argosy' seine-net fishing boat, in the North Sea, Scotland, February 1995. Photograph by ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 1995.

Aboard the ‘Argosy’ seine-net fishing boat, in the North Sea, Scotland, February 1995. Photograph by ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 1995.

 

The Scottish Fisheries Museum-partnered exhibition will then tour to the following venues across the country over the next year:

12th Nov. 2016 – 19th Feb. 2017 – Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther

22nd Feb 2017- End of March 2017 – Arbuthnot Museum, Peterhead

Early April – 13th May 2017 – Montrose Museum

Mid May – end June 2017 – Signal Tower Museum, Arbroath

8th July – 27th August 2017 – Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland Isles

9th Sept – 21st October 2017 – St Fergus Gallery, Wick

28th Oct – 9th December 2017 – Thurso Art Centre

A related Education Pack developed by the Scottish Fisheries Museum’s Learning and Access Officer will be available for subsequent venues to engage with their local young people.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum will host a talk by the Photographer Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert and featured fishing boat skipper Ronnie Hughes on Friday 2nd December – look out for details on our events listings.

June 9, 2016
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Shipbuilding, Glasgow – Limited Edition prints offer.

During the ‘Govan / Gdansk’ exhibition at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, which includes  a large series of my images form the Kvaerner shipyard in Govan in the 1990’s, I’m pleased to offer two limited edition prints for sale.

In the exhibition the images appear impressively large, a very nice 2metres wide each, allowing the scale and monumentality of the shipbuilding work to be seen, and almost experienced.

Images on show at 'Govan / Gdansk', at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, until July 31st.

Images on show at ‘Govan / Gdansk’, at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, until July 31st.

And available as limited edition prints, in editions of 10 each, at the gallery.

Shipbuilding on the River Clyde, with the PS Waverley, Glasgow, Scotland.

Shipbuilding on the River Clyde, with the PS Waverley, Glasgow, Scotland.

Please contact Street Level Photoworks for more information.

Street Level Photoworks,
Trongate 103,
Glasgow,
G1 5HD

E: reception@streetlevelphotoworks.org
T: 0141 552 2151

June 9, 2016
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A Window On Glasgow

I’m pleased to announce that 4 photographs of mine will be on display in the Consul’Art, in Marseille, France, in the coming weeks, as part of the Street Level Photoworks exhibition ‘A Window On Glasgow’.

This exhibition profiles aspects of Glasgow in 26 photographs covering styles of social documentary and portraiture to street and architectural photography, by several photographers who are associated with Street Level as artists and co-creators. The work portrays a unique profile of a city in constant transition – from the mid 70s, when half the city’s tenements were being demolished and the other half undergoing transformation and construction, to more recent depictions of people and place which convey the energy of change in the environment and in the diversity and demographics of its inhabitants. From a city recovering from the post-war deindustrialisation and depopulation, to one that has cohered around  community spirit, civic pride and a cultural resurgence in its art, music, theatre and writing, the exhibition aims to capture aspects of the social, cultural and political identify of Scotland’s largest city.

 

Waiting to see Nelson Mandela, George Square, Glasgow, Scotland. 1993. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert all rights reserved.

Waiting to see Nelson Mandela, George Square, Glasgow, Scotland. 1993. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, all rights reserved.

 

Nelson Mandela receives Freedom Of The City, in Glasgow, Scotland. 1993. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert all rights reserved.

Nelson Mandela receives Freedom Of The City, in Glasgow, Scotland. 1993. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, all rights reserved.

Exhibition includes work by myself, as well as Hugh Hood; Arpita Shah; Iseult Timmermans; Chris Leslie; Keith Ingham; Martin Hunter; Sarah Amy Fishlock, David Gillanders.

This exhibition is part of the celebrations to mark 10 years of Friendship and Twinning between Glasgow and Marseille, supported by Glasgow City Council and the City of Marseille.

Consul’Art: 21, Cours d’Estienne d’Orves – 13001 Marseille, France.

Kvaerner shipyard on the River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 1993. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert , all rights reserved.

Kvaerner shipyard on the River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 1993. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert , all rights reserved. Currently available as a limited edition print from Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow. 

 

PS Waverley passes by Kvaerner shipyard on the River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 1993. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert , all rights reserved. Currently available as a limited edition print from Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow.

PS Waverley passes by Kvaerner shipyard on the River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 1993. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert , all rights reserved. Currently available as a limited edition print from Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow.

Books of both series, Nelson Mandela in Glasgow, and Shipbuilding On The River Clyde, are both available to buy via Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow.

 

May 4, 2016
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Clyde Built – Shipbuilding on the River Clyde

I’m pleased to announce that some of my archive work, of shipbuilding on Glasgow’s River Clyde in the 1990’s, has been published as a small book, and is due to be exhibited over the summer here in Glasgow.

Jeremy Sutton Hibbert — Shipbilding on the River Clyde

The photographs, shot in the Kvaerner, Yarrow and Ferguson’s shipyards on the River Clyde, have been published as a limited edition book by the industrious Craig Atkinson at Café Royal Books: ‘Shipbuilding on The River Clyde’.

A selection of the work from the book will be exhibited, in a group show ‘Govan / Gdansk’ at Street Level Photoworks gallery in Glasgow, Scotland, from 4th June until 31st July.

The show opening is Friday, June 3rd, at 6pm if you’re in the neighbourhood and would like to pop by. My book will be on sale at the show also, and on Saturday 4th June I’ll be talking about the work at the gallery. Please join us!

The book and exhibition were showcased a few days back by the Daily Record. You can read the article here, and here’s how it looked in a pretty decent spread.

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This exhibition at Street Level, curated by director Malcolm Dickson, will encompass the work of four photographers- Michal Szlaga of Poland, Nick Hedges of England, Raymond Depardon of France, and myself. The works on show link the shipyards of Govan in Glasgow and Gdansk in Poland and their post-industrial decline and resilience.

Michal Szlaga’s ‘Stocznia/Shipyard – Documents of Loss’ is the outcome of a 15 year project in which Szlaga has documented the buildings of the Gdansk Shipyard, their gradual demolition and the construction of new ones. For Szlaga, the shipyard represents a dynamic landscape of industrial architecture reflecting history and its people, the images loaded with memories of the turbulent times of the anti-communist revolution.

In 1980, the French Magnum photographer Raymond Depardon was commissioned by the Sunday Times to record aspects of Glasgow and the evocative results are now lauded as telling an unremittingly bleak portrayal of urban deprivation and decay. In 1968 Nick Hedges was commissioned by the housing charity Shelter to document the abject living conditions being experienced in slum housing in the UK, including Glasgow. The images here are from the seminal and humanistic body of work ‘A Life Worth Living’, which, like Depardon’s work, see children happily at play against the backdrop of the Govan cranes, evidence of a community spirit unthwarted by the harsh realities of life.  Shot for editorial clients, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s ‘Shipbuilding’ from the mid-1990’s is a critical time capsule at the Kvaerner shipyards in Govan which catches the monumentality of this industry and the people who drove it. 

Jeremy Sutton Hibbert — Shipbilding on the River Clyde

Jeremy Sutton Hibbert — Shipbilding on the River Clyde

The exhibition ‘Govan/Gdansk’ and the programme of events around the exhibition are organised in association with an RSE – funded research network on Regeneration and Waterfront Heritage Zones, exploring participatory approaches to waterfront regeneration in urban spaces in transition in Northern European cities. The main case studies of regeneration focus on Govan and wider Glasgow (Scotland) and Gdansk (Poland), each of which are dealing with the consequences of the post-industrial demise of the shipbuilding industry, trying to find a transition into a new economy and community.

Associated Events:

Street Level Photoworks | 4th June 2016, 1-4pm
Symposium: Attracted to dereliction? Documenting post-industrial heritage

•  Prof Katarzyna Kosmala (UWS) Introduction – Gdansk/Govan; Govan/Gdansk
•  Michal Szlaga talk and tour of the works
•  Dr Waldemar Affelt (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, and the Main Conservation Commission to the General Conservator of the Polish Republic) addressing issues of documenting and conversation, linking to his on-going research on Gdansk shipyard and post-industrial regeneration.
•  Talks: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Chris Leslie
•  Discussion facilitated by Graham Jeffery (UWS)

 

UWS, School of Media Culture and Society, Paisley Campus | 3rd June 2016, 1-3pm, Room A100

Seminar is free and open to public. To register pls email: Susan.Caldwell@uws.ac.uk  by 31 May.

UWS research seminar series:  Panel on politics of regeneration, artists lens and community engagement with Polish artist Michal Szlaga’s video screening

•  Chair Prof Katarzyna Kosmala (UWS)
•  Dr Waldemar Affelt (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, and the Main Conservation Commission to the General Conservator of the Polish Republic) discussing his collaboration with Michal Szlaga in Gdansk shipyard, problematizing the heritage value of the site.
•  Roman Sebastyanski (UWS) addressing Gdansk shipyard regeneration through artists lens and public participation.
•  Dr Peter Matthews (Stirling University) discussing politics around connecting communities to/in post-regeneration era.

Alongside the exhibition we will be selling copies of Raymond Depardon’s ‘Glasgow’.
112 pages, 30x23cm, £20, and Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s ‘Shipbuilding on the River Clyde’ on Cafe Royal Books, £7.