The Next step in Fundraising is a Kickstarter project, we hope you will help us raise enough money to create a memorable and unforgettable event in June.

Some of the Kickstarter team.

Some of the Kickstarter team.

After a number of days of hard work involving sourcing work and filming we have finally created a video for the page which is of high quality and explains exactly what we are aiming to achieve, accompanied by a slideshow of work showcasing our groups many styles and directions.

Our Goal is £1000 at the moment, to make this would be a great achievement for the group as it will go towards our final amount of £7000, so if we could raise more that would be amazing and to say that we would be happy would be an understatement!

The Kickstarter project has only just begun so we are currently in the process of spreading the word in hopes to reach our goal and we are of course not expecting you to donate without receiving something for yourself. The slideshow of work also acts as a rewards video, depending on how much you pledge you’ll get your choice of rewards which may be anything from hand crafted cards to large 20 x 16 limited edition prints made to order for you. I’m sure you will find something you like in the slideshow, we are after all a diverse group with many different styles.

All we need is your support so please if you can’t donate share the link and get this project out there, we’ll do you proud in creating a fantastic Exhibition!

Check out the video!

And the slideshow of work:

-Brett White

Visual Culture Symposium.

Photography students and staff from Plymouth College of Art travelled to London recently to attend the annual Visual Culture Symposium, held this year at the White Rabbit Studios in Shoreditch.

It was a fantastic opportunity for students at all levels of the degree programme to hear from creative professionals out working in the industry and finding different ways to carve their careers and fund their passion. To have such a diverse range of speakers provided a refreshing insight into all aspects of the discipline and it was well planned to cater for all interests – whether that be high end commercial photography to working in artistic spaces through curatorial practice.

With photography being such an accessible medium to everyone it has previously struggled to gain the recognition it deserves as a career path, however in our increasingly visually literate culture the creative industry is always expanding.

As programme leader Tim Gundry highlighted in the introductory speech, with thousands of new graduates leaving photographic education every year, those wishing to pursue careers in the industry must adapt to face a number of challenges. In addition to being self-sufficient, highly motivated, and determined to succeed, graduates need to acquire a range of skills and be able to adapt to the demands of the global knowledge economy.

Clarisse d’Arcimoles presents her work.

However the whole tone of the day was very positive with each speaker reiterating that the work is out there as long as you are actively searching and using your passion constructively. Photographic programmes in education can open so many doors to careers, and not all are necessarily based behind the camera.

Jason Shenai runs Millennium Images, seeking out new talent within contemporary photography. And Bridget Coaker spoke about her experience working in galleries, her position as picture editor for the Guardian and setting up Troika Editions.

We also heard from some working photographers such as Patrick Ford whose focus is within the commercial field. As with other professionals he emphasised that with such a lot of competition the key is to be confident and really clear about what you do; create a continuity about your work.

A lot of practitioners showcased their use of film within their work. Combining these two disciplines is something that is more and more sought after by clients. After doing a photography degree it is a given expectation to be a good photographer, so extra skills are always in demand and will enhance your profile.

Fine art photographer Emma Critchley offered advice on how to create and fund your work through competitions, bursaries and residencies. This was an area that was highlighted frequently throughout the day; there are many resources available to creative people and we are fortunate enough to already be exposed to many of these through our programme information.

Portfolio reviews were available to students.

Between talks the speakers chatted with students and some were kind enough to stay at the end of the day for further portfolio reviews. To have your work critiqued by professionals was a great opportunity; to be advised on how best to enhance and present your work and to also question its meaning and effectiveness.

Overall the day was a great success. For the 1st and 2nd years it was a chance to see where the rest of their studies could potentially take them and for the 3rd years, an encouraging insight into the professional sphere that awaits us after graduation. There is a lot of competition out there today but I believe that we all left with a sense of confidence that working hard and being flexible with goals can lead into many different possibilities within the creative field.

Course leader Tim Gundry introducing the event.

Many thanks go out to the photography team, especially programme leader Tim Gundry for making this event possible.


All images ©Nicholas White


On the 7th-11th January we were very grateful to have access to a pop up shop in Drake circus shopping centre, in Plymouth.

Setting up the shop.

A small group of students chose a selection of images and produced high quality prints and cards that were available for sale. At the start of the week we felt unsure about how well we would do, due to the chosen week being after the Christmas sales and the lack of people around. However a couple of days in and the sales really picked up, the main sellers were the landscape and abstract work.

Work on sale.

Work on sale.

On the Thursday and Friday we had the pleasure of being joined by documentary photographer, Robin Maddock and landscape photographer John Curno for book signing! We received great feedback and it was a fantastic learning curve.

Robin Maddock

Robin Maddock

One customer said ‘I think it’s great that you have organized all of this, and there is some real inspirational work here, I wish you all luck with the fundraising.’

This really was a superb opportunity to show off our photographic talent and to raise some more funds towards our exhibition. A total of £197!

-Becky Brown.


Just under a week ago we were seeing to final preparations for out photographic print auction. As a group we had worked very hard to create this event; it’s only when you get near to the finish that you realise just how important all the finer details are and appreciate everyone involved. At the beginning it’s all about the big roles but I think with hindsight we can use this experience to understand everyone has a role to play in each step closer we take to our final exhibition.

But back to the auction, and what a success it was! We are very proud of what we have achieved so far….

Our final total raised was £3,093!

It was a fantastic night with a great atmosphere… I think mainly consisting of a lot of relief. The venue looked beautiful thanks to the build team who set up in the afternoon and the rest of us assembled a little earlier for any last minute jobs.

Prints ready for sale!

The final selection of work we managed to procure was incredible, a wonderful mixture of award-winning photographers and emerging practitioners being sold alongside one another.

Everyone’s happy when food arrives.

We were so lucky to have The Treasury bar supporting our work by providing us with such a stylish venue, letting us set up how we needed it and even providing our guests with canapes! All their kindness is much appreciated.

During the second interval we had a raffle with a great selection of prizes.

Many of these were donated by the students themselves but a special thanks to WaterstonesWHSmithThe Body Shop and Hotel Chocolat for their contributions which boosted the success of the night.

Gallery images ©Matt Elliott Photography

Our hard work paid off and with a total like than we can all think positively about reaching our target to put on a great summer show next June in London! There’s plenty more work to do and activities in the pipeline but I think we all feel that what seemed like such a far off goal is becoming more attainable as long as we work together.

A big thank you goes out to everyone involved!


The Task at hand

It’s a lot of hard work putting together a print auction alongside continuing to think of other fundraising activities, as well as our ongoing commitments to our assignments, dissertations and lives outside of college. As a group we were visited by Karin Jordan: Enterprise, Employability and Entrepreneurship Lecturer at the college, who put it to us to think of our individual roles within the team.

We considered our strengths and areas that we perhaps need to work on to function more effectively as a group. It can be a really tricky skill to manage this concept of ‘working together’, it’s easier said than done when as artists we have cultivated ourselves to be individuals. However when channelled positively it means well all have a variety of strengths to attack challenges from different mindsets.

Karin introduced us to Dr Belbin’s Team Roles Model.

“A team is not a bunch of people with job titles, but a congregation of individuals, each of whom has a role which is understood by other members. Members of a team seek out certain roles and they perform most effectively in the ones that are most natural to them”


We each filled out a self-perception questionnaire to reveal what role was natural to each of us….

Firstly are the Plants. They come up with ideas and suggestions for solving problems and creating new work by looking at things from a different angle.

Resource investigators go outside the group to initiate new contacts and negotiate with others whilst building other people’s enthusiasm.

Establishing an air of authority over the team, the Co-ordinators bring others into discussions and hold the group together through praise and encouragement.

Shapers get things moving. They are honest and straightforward, always pushing the team to achieve its goals.

Taking a more measured approach is the Monitor Evaluator. They provide a balanced opinion, discussing the reason behind a teams action so to best judge the right course.

Promoting good atmosphere and supporting members of the group when necessary. Defusing any disagreements, these are the Teamworkers.

Implementors organise the systems. They can take charge of the practical issues and turn ideas into action.

Concerned with the details, the Completer Finisher role uses the ability for accuracy to promote excellence, raising the standards in all the team does.

And so we all found our own roles. For some they ring true, more so than we first realised. These separate pieces that make up our team are important to reflect on when things get tense (as they always do at some stage) as we can see that where these conflicts begin. We aren’t all looking at things from the same angle which means the person next to you in the meeting may see something entirely different to you, that you can’t even imagine.

The solution is to accept this and agree to look at it from both your viewpoints and hopefully meet somewhere in the middle.

Some see a rabbit, some see a duck….

Under the hammer.

Since we returned to college in September we have been brainstorming constantly and working hard towards creating successful fundraising events that will benefit us but also engage with the community and generate interest in Photographic practise.

Our first such event will be held this Wednesday when we will be hosting a photographic print auction. The Treasury Bar in Plymouth have been very generous in letting us use their stylish function room, also providing our guests with canapes. We are very grateful for this local support and know it will play a huge part in the success of the night.

Paul Clark of Clarks Auction Rooms is kindly providing us with his services as Auctioneer for the night, introducing an exciting selection of prestigious work.

The auction will include lots from award-winning and renowned photographers such as Charlie Waite,  David Ward and Robbin Maddock, as well as work from a variety of emerging practitioners. A diverse selection of authentic prints and signed books will be available. For keen buyers who are unable to attend the event in person, advance bidding will be available through the website




Information on all the work available can be found HERE in the online auction catalogue.

There will also be entertainment on the night as well as a raffle with some fantastic prizes.

We hope it will be a great success!