Book Your Place Now at Visual Artists’ Café @ Belfast Photo Festival

8XJR6poCIZL23xDZMUUj2pboeFnZQwV8_2jqJ9VmQNsVisual Artists’ Café: Belfast Photo Festival
12th & 13th June 2015

Belfast Exposed Gallery
As part of the Belfast Photo Festival, Visual Artists Ireland and Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery are continuing a programme of events that look at art books. This event will focus on photobooks and zines and will feature a panel discussion with some of Europe’s leading photobook publishers and a photo zine making workshop with Matt Martin, Curator of London-based group – The Photocopy Club

Please note that there are limited places available for the Saturday workshop so early booking is advised.

Friday 12th June
11am: Panel discussion “The Photobook Today” with Willem van Zoetendaal, Hans Gremmen, Zhenia Sveshinsky and Agata Stoinska
1.30pm Lunch (provided)
2pm Peer review with Jan McCullough, Paddy Kelly and Jill Quigley. In this session three of Northern Ireland’s most exciting emerging artists will discuss recent book dummies. (Limited places)

Saturday 13th June
10am – 4pm DO IT YOURSELF zine making workshop with Matt Martin (The Photocopy Club)

This workshop will take you through the history of zine making and how photographers use it today. You will then be split into groups in which you can create collectives, solo or split zines. The workshop will take you through the stages of curation and show you simple but effective printing and binding methods. Everyone will leave with one copy of their zine to take home. No computers needed, all zines made by hand and photocopier.

Friday only – Free (limited places for afternoon peer review)  Click Here to Book
Saturday workshop – £10 (VAI members) / £20 (Non-members)  Click Here to Book

Willem van Zoetendaal
is a graphic designer who has been producing photography books since the early nineties. In 1994 he started publishing his own books, first under the name of Basalt (in collaboration with Frido Troost) and then under the name of Van Zoetendaal Publishers. Van Zoetendaal has been active as a gallery owner for contemporary photography from 2000 until 2014. Recently he changed his gallery space into a studio to develop his own art projects, art books and installations. In 2008 the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag acquired his photography collection (consisting of more than 1200 photos) that he had built up during his period as lecturer at the photography department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the nineties. The collection included early works from now renowned Dutch photographers/artists such as Céline van Balen, Koos Breukel, Rineke Dijkstra, Paul Kooiker, Esther Kroon, Harold Strak, as well as striking photos from anonymous photographers (found footage). Together with Noshka van der Lely, Van Zoetendaal manages the estate of the filmmaker/photographer Johan van der Keuken and the photo archive of former studio photographer Lee To Sang.

Amsterdam-based graphic designer Hans Gremmen is a jury member of the Unseen Dummy Award. He recently designed the last book of Rinko Kawauchi, ‘Ametsuchi’, published by Aperture. Hans is also part of the board of FW: in Amsterdam.

Zhenia Sveshinsky is a freelance curator and researcher working primarily, but not exclusively in the field of photography. Under the imprint of Image Matter she collaborated on various shows with foundation Paradox, co-curated a co-produced exhibition on Dutch photobooks Undercover -and a series of workshops and seminars on Dutch photographic practices for foundation FotoDepartament, St. Petersburg. She is currently the head of Unseen Book Market at Unseen Photography Fair & Festival Amsterdam.

An architect by trade, Agata Stoinska set her sights on the world of fashion photography in 2003, and soon became one of the most sought after photographers in the country. Stoinska’s personal work has been exhibited in galleries throughout Ireland, Europe and the United States.

Unsatisfied with the range of studios Dublin had to offer, Stoinska set about establishing a large studio space in the city that would accommodate the photography, fashion, television and arts industries. D-light Studios opened in early 2009 and boasts clients such as RTE, TV3, BBC, Meteor, Vodafone, PhotoIreland Festival, Sweet Media, Elevate and Thinkhouse P.R. In the summer of 2010, Stoinska introduced the world to her latest endeavour; BLOW Photo Magazine. This large format image-based publication features both emerging and established photographers and is published quarterly by Hudson Killeen. Hudson Killeen were recently awarded the Overall Print of the Year Award at the Irish Print Awards for their work on BLOW.

The Photocopy Club
The Photocopy Club have been doing DIY workshops since 2012. Working with local communities, students and people of all ages we have made a simple and easy workshop that helps you get your images off the computer, on to the page and into print. Giving you a history of zines and self-publishing culture that hopefully pushes you into new ideas of releasing your photography into the world.

Matt Martin is a photographer, curator and publisher living in London. He has been curating exhibitions since 2008. Since then he has curated over 30 photographic exhibitions in the UK and overseas, and worked with photographers such as Michael Jang, Ewen Spencer, Chris Floyd, Henrik Purienne, Eleanor Hardwick and more. He is now the curator in residence at Doomed Gallery in London, runs Doomed Press and is the founder of the Photocopy club.

Peer Review Artists
Paddy Kelly is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Having graduated from the Belfast School of Art in 2011, Kelly has been involved in a number of group and solo shows both locally and internationally including the Backlight Photo Festival in Finland, ‘An Uncertain State’ at the Gallery of Photography Dublin, and the Hereford Photo Festival. A member of the Belfast Photo Factory, the artist has also held residencies in Washington and Belfast, and Co. Clare.

‘Land of Milk and Honey’ examines how a political situation can fuse with a physical landscape. The project is an attempt to express and explore how personal experience and collective memory can be communicated regarding a past that has been withheld and suppressed. The work asks how history is handed down from generation to generation, contrasting the ‘objective truth’ of the photograph with the oral history of storytelling – times and places become merged together and fragments of truth and multiple truths exist in the one situation.

Jill Quigley is from County Donegal, Ireland. Last year she completed an MFA in Photography at the University of Ulster, having previously studied Art History at Trinity College Dublin. Her photography has been published in the British Journal of Photography and as part of the Where We Are series of photo books, and also on the websites Firecracker,, Self Publish Be Happy and Lensculture. In 2014 she received a General Art Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, an Outstanding Student Award from the Royal Ulster Academy of the Arts and the student prize at ESPY Photography Awards in Wales. She has recently participated in group exhibitions at the Schau Fotofestival in Dortmund, the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China, the Sirius Arts Centre in Cork and at Format Festival in Derby.

‘Cottages of Quigley’s Point’ makes use of photographed interventions in abandoned houses to question romantic readings of the rural Irish cottage. Rather than viewing them as artefacts with nostalgic associations, the redundant nature of these abandoned houses allows the freedom for active engagement and the creation of personal records of explorations made in the artists locality. The process of intervention subverts a wistful reading of a disappearing way of life, and provides the opportunity to take a fresh and playful approach to familiar subject matter.

Jan McCullough lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Recent exhibitions include Circulation(s) Festival in Paris and the International Biennial of Photography in Belgium. ‘Home Instruction Manual’ (2014-2015) received the Genesis Award at FORMAT International Photography Festival, and will be exhibited this July as part of the Belfast Exposed ‘Futures’ programme.


“Traditionally, instruction manuals have been the perfect source for practical solutions. Experts in specific subjects provide written authority on how to repair faults and carry out tasks from scratch. I typed ‘how to make a home’ into Google, and was directed to an online chat forum in which self-described experts were exchanging detailed instructions. I rented an ordinary suburban house and carried out the strangers’ advice exactly over the period of two months. In complying with the instructions for making the perfect home, I contemplated the construction of an identity from scratch. The photographs in the series document the end result of my time living and working in the house, trying on different lives for size.” (J. McCullough, 2015)

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