Nepal Expedition October 2016
Open Call for Photographer
Project Pressure and The Glacier Trust invite proposals from artists using photography and video to contribute to Project Pressure’s archive. Promoted by Project Pressure’s new partner, the World Photography Organisation, this opportunity will see an artist travel to the Nepalese Himalayas to document glacier research in the region.
Project Pressure is a charity documenting the world’s vanishing glaciers, collaborating with world-renowned artists to create work that will inspire action and participation. The project’s purpose is to launch the world’s first comprehensive crowd-sourced glacier archive hosted on an open source digital platform (MELT), a touring photographic exhibition, and a book publication.
The Glacier Trust provides education and expertise through locally based organisations, our Partners, to enable communities to understand the problems that climate change presents and how to implement solutions.
The selected artist will be invited to join a three-week expedition to Nepal. Starting in Lukla, a town in the Khumbu area of the Solukhumbu District, which is part of the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal, the trek will follow a route to Chhukung.
The selected artist will join a team of students and staff from Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University, as they study glaciers and permafrost in the region.
The artist would be required to be skilled with a camera in order to accurately capture the expedition’s research being carried out, with powerful and informative images, with videography being desired, but not required.
The selected artist will also be expected to create a body of their own work while on the expedition. Proposals are invited for any project that would be achievable in the time-frame, and deliverable by the end of December 2016.
The work will become part of Project Pressure’s archive and will also be exhibited as part of the travelling exhibition in 2017 & 2018 alongside Simon Norfolk, Noémie Goudal, Mariele Neudecker et al. It will also be used for publicity for the charity. Project Pressure’s archive is open-source for educational, scientific and not-for-profit use; all other rights will remain with the artist. Examples of previous projects are viewable on the Project Pressure blog.
During this trekking expedition over moderate ground, the team will pass many glaciers; Dablam (a hanging glacier), three major glaciers around Imja Tscho Lake, the Imja Glacier (joined by Lhotse Shar and Ambulapcha Glaciers) and the Lhotse Shar Glacier.
The dates for the trek are 12th October – 30th October 2016.
The deadline for proposals is 11th September 2016, 11.59pm GMT.
Flights, accommodation and food are provided.
Project Pressure sponsors Rab will supply the artist with trekking kit.
To apply please submit the following to email@example.com with the title ‘WPO Nepal Open Call Application’:
• A short bio (max 500 words)
• An outline of what you intend to achieve with your own project (max 500 words)
• A moodboard (one A4 page, PDF) with reference images of your work, showing similar photography to what you will create.
(Max. 3 A4 pages)
The selection will be made by a panel consisting of;
Jamie Forsyth – Director of The Glacier Trust
Simon Norfolk – Photographer (Sony WPO 2015 winner for a Project Pressure commission)
Flora Fairbairn – independent curator
John Wyatt-Clarke – Project Pressure
This call is only open to established artists, no students. Aged 18 and over, any nationality. There will be no remuneration for the selected artist and no monetary exchange can be made for items provided. Free to apply.
11/07/2016 Outdoors InstallationProject Pressure, with the generous backing of The Lighthouse Foundation, is displaying some of its photographic archive on an outdoor installation in Schleimünde Pilot Island, Germany. A selection of highlights from contributors so far, including Simon Norfolk, Corey Arnold and Mariele Neudecker, will adorn boards close one of the Foundation’s buildings. The installation opens on 16th July, with a free talk by charity director Klaus Thymann.
14/06/2016 Talk at Photo-Forum: 14th June
Tonight Klaus Thymann and Simon Norfolk will be giving a talk at this month’s Photo-Forum event. They will be speaking about how the arts can intersect environmental issues, including detailing how this is important in long term projects such as Project Pressure.
7pm at ThePrintSpace, 74 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DL.
24/05/2016 Expedition: Arthur E HarrisonIn September 2016 Peter Funch will return to Washington for the third instalment of his exploration of the Cascade Range. Funch will continue to use this area’s rich tourism history to create comparative imagery. Alongside this he has gained access to the extensive photographic archive of Arthur E. Harrison at the University of Washington Library. The information and photographs there will enable a fuller portrait of the area and provide further comparisons
20/05/2016 Noordelicht Photofestival
Simon Norfolk’s series of Lewis Glacier on Mount Kenya will be on display as part of the Noorderlicht Photofestival. Running from 22 May – 3rd July at Museum Belvédère in Heerenveen, Netherlands. The exhibition celebrates documentary photography from 21 different artists from around the world, read more here.