2018 Off Centre Festival Events listing

Sunday 7 Oct

Through a lens darkly... + Q&A with photographer Vanley Burke

1pm, Broadway Cinema, Broadway, Nottingham NG1 3AL

This documentary explores the history of Black photography and representation, and how contemporary artists use this material as inspiration in their visual storytelling. Followed by a conversation with celebrated photographer Vanley Burke with an illustrated presentation of his work.

About Vanley Burke

Vanley’s body of work represents possibly the most substantial photographic record of the Caribbean Diaspora in Britain. From local community organisations to the Victoria & Albert Museum and Whitechapel, Vanley has exhibited widely in the United Kingdom, and as far afield as New York, South Africa and China.

Saturday 27 Oct

Off-centre Launch Event   

2pm - 4pm, New Art Exchange, 39-41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 6BE, UK

Join us to celebrate Nottingham's first independent photo festival, Off Centre. We will officially launch the city-wide festival and celebrate the local photographers who have been chosen to take part. Preview some great work in the Central Gallery stairwell space, meet the artists and enjoy a drinks reception with presentations by the event organisers.

Artsits exhibiting work at the New Art Exchange are Aaron Greco, Adrian Vitelleschi Cook, Andrew McClymont, Anna Wels, Brenda Baxter, Charles Fox, Charlotte Lounds, Clare Richards, David Littlejohn-Carrillo, Hannah Howe, Heath Clark, James Marvin, Jamine Bramble, John Rourke, Jonny Davies, Kayne Clarke, Kit Page, Krisztian Kosa, Lamar Francois, Lesley Farrell, Mariano Doronzo, Mark Walker, Mike Colechin, Orlando Beakbane, Peter McConnochie, Ragib Choudhury, Rob Padley, Roy McCready, Susana de Dios, Thomas Griffith, Trevor Melton, Trevor Hamilton and Wesley Morgan

Plus, find out more about related workshops run by Real Creative Futures, Creative Quarter and Big House.

Monday 29 Oct    

Open View

6pm-8pm, The Photo Parlour, Unit 8 Karlsruhe House, Queensbridge Road, Nottingham NG2 1NB

We are pleased to launch the work of Andy Coupe, Isabella Holder, Jim Grainger, Kim Watson, Mick Rhodes, Philip Formby, Priscilla Toy and Sam Stockman.

Come and see the work and meet the photographers.

Tuesday 30 Oct    

Open View and Launch of Life Lens

6pm-8pm, Cafe Sobar, 24 Friar Lane, Nottingham NG1 6DQ   

This exhibition has brought together a group of people with mental and physical health issues from various backgrounds and cultures. They have been working together, using photography creatively and mindfully to aid recovery and express themselves through their art. This exhibition will showcase some of their recent photographs.

The photographers exhibiting work are Alyn Mulholland, Benjamin Elliott, CSS, Eileen Stewart, John Wheat, Karlito Knight, Lisa Stead, Martina Warner, Nicky Paul, Rita Kaur, Stephanie Shaw and Stuart Thomas.

This exhibition has been delivered through collaboration between Off Centre Photo Festival, New Art Exchange (Real Creative Futures) and Turning Point, with support from Sobar and the Nottingham Photographers’ Hub

Wednesday 31 Oct    

Notts Photo Social Open evening

6pm-8pm, The Photo Parlour, Unit 8 Karlsruhe House, Queensbridge Road, Nottingham NG2 1NB

The Nottingham Photo Social is an informal monthly gathering that offers a platform for local photographers to showcase their photography, improve their skills, and develop their personal approach to their photography projects. Come and show your work, get feedback, ideas and meet other like-minded photographers.

Thursday 1 Nov    

Launch of Whitby Goth Weekend by David Severn

7pm – late, Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB

Award winning Nottingham based photographer David Severn is launching a limited edition photobook of his series taken during Whitby Goth Weekend published by Nottingham independent art publishers Beam Editions. Designed by Joff+Ollie and including a new essay by Wayne Burrows, the book is a whimsical exploration of the Gothic seaside tradition.

Join us in celebrating the launch of this new publication with a Gothic soirée in the Ottar Café Bar at Nottingham Contemporary featuring: ‘Spooky DJ sets’ by writer and artist Wayne Burrows and Joff Casciani (Truth &. Lies) take to the decks for gothic exotica disco.

Friday 2 Nov

Open View 6pm-9pm

Surface Gallery, 16 Southwell Road Nottingham NG1 1DL and

Come and see work by Al Brydon, Aria Shahrokhshahi, Carl Bull, David Severn, Ema Johnston, Grace Eden, Imran Azubir, Rinzing Kelsang, Simon Bernacki, and Tom Quigley

Tenfold, 6 Hollowstone, Nottingham NG1 1JH       

We are pleased to launch the work of Amin Abdulrahman, Bridie Lewis, Daniel Lee, Hannah Taylor, Julian Hughes, Lee Walker, Michal Tekel, Rhys Herbert

Saturday 3 Nov : Learning Day (9am to 4pm)

Today we are providing a whole day of learning, in collaboration with Creative Quarter and Real Creative Futures. The day begins in Sneinton market in the morning, and moves to the New Art Exchange later in the afternoon.


Creative Quarter, Sneinton Market   

9am-9.40am  Street Photography Taster Workshop

11am-12noon Photo Walk with Leeds Film Photo and the Photo Parlour

1pm-2pm Skate Board Photography Taster Workshop   

9am-9.40am   Starting a photography project with Daniel T Wheeler   

10am-10.40am  Developing and funding you photography project with Jagdish Patel and Simon Bernaki, Skate Notitngham

11am-11.40am  Ending a photography project with Jake Howe   


New Art Exchange, 39-41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 6BE, UK

Room 1

1.30pm-2.30pm        Addressing mental health through photography with Scrambles photo group, Chris Middleton and Priscilla Toy

3pm – 4pm            Local documentary photography project with David Severn and 

Room 2

1.30pm-2.30pm        How to find and make photos where you are with Jake Howe

3pm – 4pm            Capturing the myriad of beauty through photography with Grace Eden, Suzannah Bedford and Leah Wareham

Workshop room

1.30pm-2.30pm    An introduction to editing and sequencing photography - Session 1

3pm-4pm   An introduction to editing and sequencing photography - Session 2   


Monday 5 Nov    

Invisible Britain... + Q&A with photographers David Severn and Laura Dickin with film makers Paul Sng

8pm  Broadway Cinema, Broadway, Nottingham NG1 3AL

Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience’ reveals untold stories from people who have been left out of the media narrative and left behind by government policy. Featuring the work of accomplished documentary photographers, the book shows how an unprecedented world of austerity, de-industrialisation and social upheaval is affecting us all.

SLEAFORD MODS - INVISIBLE BRITAIN shows the most relevant and uncompromising British band in years sticking two fingers up to the zeitgeist and articulating the rage and desperation of those without a voice in austerity Britain. Part band doc, part look at the state of the nation, the film features individuals and communities attempting to find hope among the ruins, against a blistering soundtrack by Sleaford Mods.

Following the screening there will be a panel Q&A to discuss the book with director/editor Paul Sng, Carl Phillips and photographers David Severn and Laura Dicken.

Tuesday 6 Nov    

Backlit   Open View

6pm - 8pm, Backlit Gallery, Alfred House, Ashley Street, Nottingham NG3 1JG

We are pleased to launch the work of Chris Middleton, Chris Dale, Gemma O’Brien, Guy Berresford, Katharina Fitz, Laura Worthington, and Richard Chung

Wednesday 7 Nov    

In Conversation with Photographers (first talk of the season)


The Photo Parlour, Unit 8 Karlsruhe House, Queensbridge Road, Nottingham NG2 1NB

Saturday 10 Nov

Learning day at Photo Parlour   

10am to 2.30pm

The Photo Parlour, Unit 8 Karlsruhe House, Queensbridge Road, Nottingham NG2 1NB

10am-11am            Introduction to Film Photography   

10am-2pm            Bring your film camera open day

12noon, 1pm and 2pm    See the Darkroom in action

12.30-1pm            An introduction to editing and sequencing photography –

                Session 1   

1.30pm-2.30pm        An introduction to editing and sequencing photography –

Sunday 11 Nov        

Festival Ends