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Exhibition Events

Portfolio Reviews

MK Calling 2015 visitors viewing Haversham (2015) by Boyd & Evans

MK Calling 2015 visitors viewing Haversham (2015) by Boyd & Evans

MK Calling 2015 visitors viewing Haversham (2015) by Boyd & Evans

Portfolio Reviews

Saturday 8 August / Timed sessions between 11am – 1.50pm
Free but pre-booking essential*


Please note, these sessions are now fully booked. 


Take part in these one-to-one sessions with our selection of arts professionals - artist Stuart Whipps and artist, curator and writer Niki Russell. This event is open to all artists or students who would benefit from one-on-one feedback and advice.

There will be five, twenty minute time slots available to book per reviewer.

Timings as follows:

  • 11 - 11.20am
  • 11.30 - 11.50am
  • 12.00 - 12.20am
  • Lunch break
  • 12.50am - 13.10pm
  • 13.20 - 13.50pm

    To book please email: You will need to complete a short form about your work at the booking stage.

    NB. Reviewers will be allocated on a first come first served basis and specific reviewers cannot be guaranteed.



    Stuart Whipps (1979) works predominantly with photography and video alongside reconfigured existing or remade materials. In taking an artefact or historic position as the starting point for his work, the artist questions the role of documentation in constructing a shared understanding of cultural values and contexts.

    Recent works have utilised found negatives from redundant photographic labs, the online archive of Margaret Thatcher’s speeches, interviews and statements, an online archive of vintage ‘adult publications’, microfilm collections, and the photographic collection of the British Motor Heritage Museum amongst other diverse sources.

    Selected solo exhibitions include: Birth Springs, Death Falls, Flat Time House, London. 2013; Tick, Tack, Tick, Tack, Tick, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland; Why Contribute to The Spread of Ugliness?, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2011; and New Wooabbeleri, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-On-Sea, 2010. Selected group exhibitions include: Relatively Absolute, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, 2013; Community Without Propinquity, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, 2011; and East International, Norwich, 2009. In 2005 he won the Observer Hodge Photography Prize. In 2009 he was the joint recipient of the East International prize.


    Niki Russell is an artist, curator and writer, who is currently Programme Curator at Primary. As a curator, he has organised a number of projects independently, such as the Not ready yet (2011) at the Exchange Building in Nottingham and the You Are Here Festival (2003/4) in various locations across Nottingham. He was also played a key role in instigating Sideshow - the Nottingham wide artist-led initiative to present exhibitions and projects alongside the last two iterations of the British Art Show (2006/10).

    Previously, he worked as Programme Co-ordinator at Radar, Loughborough University, producing projects with Ruth Ewan, Future Farmers, Becky Beinart and Nils Norman and curating programmes including: Folk Variations, with Serena Korda, Sally O'Reilly, Olivia Plender & Patrick Staff, and Tris Vonna-Michel, and This is not a performance or a performance!, with Frank Abbott, Robin Deacon, Jenny Hogarth & Kim Coleman, Janice Kerbel, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Ruth Proctor, Neal Swettenham & Michael Pinchbeck, and Jennet Thomas.

    As an artist he has presented work in exhibitions in the UK and internationally, and for the last ten years has worked collectively with the group Reactor, whose recent projects include Log!c ?stem at Flux Factory (New York, USA) and Dummy Button for KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin, Germany). Reactor have regularly worked internationally at institutions such as MoBY (Bat Yam, Israel), Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt, Germany), Donau Festival (Krems, Austria) and also programme the events series Reactor Halls at Primary, presenting live projects with artists such as Juneau Projects, Pil and Galia Collective and Plastique Fantastique.

    He co-founded Nottingham Studios, working with the organisation to successfully realise a permanent artist studio for the city at Primary and acted as Chair of the Board, before stepping down to become Primary’s Programme Curator.


    August 2015













    Read participant comments from our Photography Portfolio Review session in November 2014.