Royal Photographic Society Talk Series

Get to know Form members and their practice with an upcoming selection of talks, hosted by RPS. All events are held online.

Rachael Burns  - On Curation

26 April, 7 - 8pm BST

Credit: FORM Collective

This workshop will take a practical look at curating photography, examining how the presentation can change audience experience and reinforce or subvert the meaning of the work. We will look at examples of different ways of presenting photography and consider the way that the printing, mounting, framing and scale has been used strategically by photographers and curators. The workshop will help you to consider the options for presenting your own work and encourage experimentation.

Rachael Burns is a curator, arts organiser and educator based in Manchester and currently working at Redeye, the Photography Network and on the BA Photography course at Manchester School of Art. She works across various collaborative curatorial projects including FORM collective and the Museum of Half Truths. Rachael curates exhibitions, programmes events and workshops, and designs and produces publications. She is interested in connecting artists and audiences, presenting projects that are accessible, relevant, playful, engaging and encourage discussion and reflection.

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Jo Coates - On Northern Narratives

25 May, 7-8pm BST

Credit: Joanne Coates

Joanne Coates will lead a talk around working in documentary photography as a working class woman. Discussing making work with rural communities, finding the right audience for your work, and getting commissioned as a documentary photographer. 

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Cath Stanley - On Landscape Photography

3 June, 6-7pm UK time

Credit: Cath Stanley

Cath Stanley talks about the challenge of landscape photography, with travel restrictions, localised lockdowns and her city surroundings. This last year has challenged her creative practice to explore not only new ways of making work, it has opened up a sense of discovery about her local environment. Her observations document flora and fauna, living alongside major intersections of motorway carriageway and residential areas. These small pockets of greenspace offering so much more than she initially contemplated, yet they become an integral part of her daily recordings.

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The Other

Announcing the launch of a new photography collective working to raise awareness on class discrimination within photography in the UK. The Other are - @_kelly_obrien @JoanneRCoates @KirstyGMackay.

As part of The Other’s ethos is a new to create space and conversations in photographic practice. Check out the up coming talks programme for the winter season to get in volved in this exciting new collective. Follow them at The Other

2020 Graduate Mentoring

Rosie Dale - Ad Astra

Form Collective have collaborated with Redeye Photography Network to support two 2020 Graduates. Graduating from a photography BA or similar course, with the aim of starting a career, is going to be a particular challenge in 2020. Wethink mentoring - regular advice sessions with experienced specialists in photography - is one of the best ways we can support graduates going forward. We will be offering online mentoring. Over the next year we will be mentoring Rosie Dale and Joe Kelland

About: Rosie Dale is an emerging artist based in south west England. Her work is created through an intuitive process, often focusing on themes related to philosophy, ethics and her own personal relationships.

Joe Kelland’s practice is immersed in the present day, fueled by emotions, experiences, thoughts and situation. His latest project has developed due to feeling as thought I belonged to more than one place and would never be able to fully experience the both at once.

Berwick Visual Arts WIP

Form Collective member Joanne Coates is currently the new artist in residence for Arts organisation Berwick Visual Arts in partnership with Newcastle University. Jo is working collaboratively with the University to research to document and respond to the role of women within agriculture and the challenges and barriers that they face within this sector. Her residency, with Berwick Visual Arts is in partnership with Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy and Institute for Creative Arts Practice and will explore how artists and academics can collaborate to inform and develop new approaches to rural research. It also will facilitate the exchange and sharing of knowledge between artists and researchers to inform critical responses to the rural issues. Here is a sample of some of the work in progess. Much more to come!

Urban Form Launch

Form member June Cadogan has launched a great new project aimed at amplifying the urban photography of female practitioners. Urban Form is a female focussed photography group which invites photographic submissions of the city. So many of us are living in cities and this is often the backdrop for our photography. Urban Form is a way to promote womxn who photograph in cities. We are looking for work that explores urban environments. Does your photography delve into the soul of the city? Show us how! Submit using #Urban_Formphoto or @urbanformphoto

The Museum of Half Truths

Rachael Burns and Polly Palmerini are co-curating a new and incredibly necessary project entitled The Museum of Half Truths.

An ongoing body of work is unfolding with links to research and archives to delve into their website. Describing the main themes of the project: Museums and libraries are the repositories of history but they remain flawed and biased in their representation. How can we disrupt the pre existing structures which surround us? How can we represent fairly our many co-existing and conflicting memories and histories? The Museum of Half Truths will aim to answer these questions by exploiting the conventions of these institutions to present a playful take on a museum that is transparent about its subjectivity. The artists featured question our recording of cultural memory; investigating rituals and traditions; the whitewashing of popular culture; and by memorialising and advocating for underrepresented communities.
Check it out here: MUSEUM OF HALF TRUTHS

Jo Coates for The Guardian

Form Collective founder Joanne Coates looks at the hidden crisis of rural homelessness in a photo essay for The Guardian newspaper. She provides an unexpected story of hope during the global crisis and a focus on the problems of those who could easily have been forgotten in the pandemic. In log cabins nestled in the heart of tranquility five men recount how they got there. This is a story very close to Jo’s heart and a very important to issue which isn’t often highlighted. Take a read here: Sanctuary for Yorkshire’s rural homeless during the pandemic – photo essay

Representation on the Line : (Un)framing our identities

FORM member Becky Warnock will be showing work as part of a satellite event for London Photo this week. The Royal Photographic Society present “Representation on the Line : (Un)framing our identities” which brings together a collaborative exhibition from RPS Hundred Heroines, in which female photographers explore the theme of identity. This a great opportunity to catch FORM collective member Becky Warnock’s contribution to this timely initiative, as well as a host of other industry leading photographers. 


19 Mallord St, London SW3 6AP. 

Access is through the double iron gates.

Opening times (15th – 19th May)

Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun:  12.0018.00
Thurs: 18.0021.00

The venue is fully accessible via the ramp


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