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Senior Lecturer’s photography commissioned for North East exhibition

Posted on 21 November 2019

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​A Senior Lecturer in Photography at Leeds Trinity University has showcased her latest work in a new exhibition exploring the relationship between photography and science.

Senior Lecturer in Photography and professional photographer Dr Liza Dracup has had her photography commissioned by the North East Photography Network (NEPN) as part of their Observe, Experiment, Archive exhibition at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

The exhibition has received funding from Arts Council England and features work from photographic artists across the city, nationally and internationally. It seeks to create contexts for photography-science dialogue and establish Sunderland as a centre for excellence in the medium.

Dr Dracup's work, Light Matter, illuminates the natural world with artificial light, taking inspiration from the historical ideas of Sunderland-born polymath and inventor of the lightbulb, Joseph Swan. Her subject matter is selected from a wide variety of flora from the English landscape and her own garden.

Dr Dracup said: "Light Matter gave me the opportunity to explore, experiment and extend my photographic practice. I made work with a wide reach across gallery venues. The new work has enriched both my teaching and academic research at Leeds Trinity University."

Amanda Ritson, Programme Manager of the North East Photography Network, said: "It is a huge privilege to have commissioned a new body of work by Liza Dracup. Liza's photography provides a unique idea of the northern landscape and the natural world and I am very pleased that this opportunity to respond to the legacy of inventor and pioneer Joseph Swan presented a new conceptual and creative challenge, resulting in a beautiful body of work."

Observe, Experiment, Archive has been ranked in the Top 5 UK exhibitions by The Artists Information Company. It is showing at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens from 15 November 2019 – 5 January 2020. Works from Dr Dracup's Light Matter can also be viewed at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland until 12 January 2020.​​