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Alberto’s work features in show of northern photographers

University of Chester

1 Jul 2021

Alberto Gonzalez-Gabarre’s work is on display in the Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Warrington.

First class Hons BA Photography graduate and MA Fine Art student Alberto Gonzalez-Gabarre’s work is on display in the First Light exhibition at Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Warrington.

A partnership between the Castlefield Gallery, Waterside and Creative Industries Trafford, and Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, the photography exhibition can be discovered in the former Marks and Spencer store in the town centre.

In 2020, final year students have had to forgo the experience of the degree show - the crowning event after three years of study. Providing a new showcase, this exhibition features 13 emerging photographers who have graduated from universities across the north of England. Alberto’s striking black and white images, together with the work of his peers, reflect the richness and diversity of photography as an artistic medium in the 21st century.

People only have until the end of the week to visit the exhibition. However, a special First Light edition of Tilt, Open Eye Gallery’s in-house zine, has also been produced featuring 13 commissioned pieces of new writing by 2020 graduates from the north, that respond to the selected photographic works. The texts range from poetry and flash fiction to traditional journalism.

Alberto, from Madrid, Spain, said: “Thank you to the Castlefield Gallery, Waterside, Creative Industries and Open Eye Gallery for the opportunity to showcase my work at the First Light exhibition.”

The First Light exhibition has been curated by Waterside Visual Arts Co-ordinator Mario Popham, and Polly Palmerini from the Museum of Half Truths.

Mario said: “The selected work reflects the diversity of photography as practised today, demonstrating the rich ways in which the medium continues to reflect and interpret the world and our reality.

“It has been wonderful to be able to offer a platform to these talented individuals as they step into the professional realm.”

Dr Cian Quayle, Associate Professor and Programme Leader in Photography at the University, said: “Last year Mario Popham contacted BA Photography Programme Leaders in the North West to invite them to nominate four graduates for consideration for the First Light exhibition. I was delighted when Alberto was selected as he is an outstanding student whose rigorous practice is both theoretically and technically accomplished in its experimentation.”

The exhibition runs from Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm, until July 4, 2021.

A number of COVID-19 measures have been introduced to keep visitors and staff safe, in line with government guidance. As part of this, capacity will be limited for safety so there could be a short wait.

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