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Artists showcase the Extraordinary Everyday at ICA symposium

Photographers and filmmakers from Middlesex University focus their lenses on the Extraordinary Everyday at Institute of Contemporary Arts exhibition

Middlesex student Jason Summerfield at the ICA exhibition

Photographer Jason Summerfield presenting his work at the ICA

Middlesex graduates, staff and invited artists presented their work to current students and industry experts at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) on Thursday 24 November.

Curated by Creative Industries Senior Lecturer Camilla Brown and Head of Visual Arts Phil Healey, the exhibition focused on film and photography which shines a light on the ‘extraordinary’ found in everyday social and cultural practices, youth cultures, fashion and music.

Will Lakin presenting his work

Will Lakin presenting his photographic work to industry experts, staff and current students

Among those presenting their work were photographers William Gillingham-Sutton and Will Lakin, Lecturer in Photography Alison Tanner, and Gavin Fernandes, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Communication and Styling.

“Our collaboration with the ICA provides a great opportunity for staff and students to showcase their latest work in an informal setting whilst allowing a wider audience to attend.” Alison Tanner, Lecturer in Photography

“The focus of my project is on people who collect excessively – these artefacts often tell a story, hold a history about these people,” says William, who studied BA Fine Art and MA Photography and now works in the Visual Arts department as a technical tutor.

“The exhibition provided exposure for up and coming artists. It gave people involved a chance to formulate their work to be expressed to others in the public domain and it brought our work to a professional platform.”

Joining staff and alumni were documentary filmmaker and artist Jeanie Finlay and performance artist Rory Pilgrim, who both participated in a panel discussion around giving ordinary people the chance to do extraordinary things through art and film.

Jeanie Finlay discussing her successful films

Documentary filmmaker Jeanie Finlay talking about her film Sound It Out

Rory spoke about empowering audiences and non-artists to become part of his art work while Jeanie, who gained international recognition for Sound It Out and Orion The Man Who Would Be King, talked through the process of making a successful film.

“The discussion brought together a range of artists who essentially make ordinary people the subject of their work – including an impressive showcasing of work made by both faculty and recent talented alumni,” said Camilla Brown.

“The photography students at Middlesex have a long tradition of producing portraits of people and many go on to have successful careers working for newspapers and magazines.”

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