Another chance to see selected photography from my Greenham Common portfolio, opening today at The Base Greenham. All images were taken at the Greenham Women’s Peace Camp in January / February 1985.
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A new exhibition of my COMMON PEOPLE photography (including previously unseen images) opens at The Base this autumn. I am delighted to be showing my work alongside Jemima Brown‘s Peace Camp, and David Hockney‘s Hockney & Hollywood.
In 1981 a group of 36 women walked from Cardiff, Wales, to Newbury, Berkshire. It took them ten days to walk the 110 miles, some pushing children in pushchairs, sleeping in tents and church halls on the way. Their peaceful protest was against the siting of American nuclear missiles on British common land. On arrival they set up camp outside RAF Greenham Common. This was the beginning of the legendary Greenham Women’s Peace Camp.
Despite this being the largest female-led protest since suffrage, this extraordinary event has largely been written out of history. So to mark it’s 40th anniversary, and to get people talking again about the achievements of these remarkable women, the group Greenham Women Everywhere (GWE) are re-creating the march; following as close as possible to the original route and staying overnight in the same areas.
I photographed the Greenham Women’s Peace Camp in 1985 when I was a photography student, and now GWE have invited me to join them on their new march. I will be documenting the walkers, the rallies, the camping, the singing and the many cups of tea. From when the march leaves Cardiff, and throughout the following ten days until arrival at Greenham Common.
It will be a huge honor to be part of this pilgrimage. I hope that my photography will help highlight the importance of peaceful protest, and the remarkable achievements made by the original Greenham Women.
For more information about Greenham Women Everywhere and details of the march please click here
If you would like to buy me or my assistant a cup of tea to fuel us on our journey I have set up an account with ko-fi here.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor to help me bring this project to fruition, I would love to hear from you. The easiest way is to DM me through my Instagram channel, or message me through my website www.wendycarrig.co.uk
Many thanks as always for your support and for reading my blog.
What Greenham Women Everywhere say :
“The timing couldn’t be more crucial as we face the multiple, cascading crises of the climate emergency, nuclear weapons escalation, daily violence against women, extreme hunger, social inequality – and so much more. We need to stand on the shoulders of our foremothers and carry their campaigns for peace and justice forward, while securing the Greenham Women’s unique place in activist history.”
**Exhibition extended until 21st March 2021**
POW! is a charity celebrating and exploring issues around feminism, women and girls, and their annual festival is designed to coincide with International Women’s Day celebrations.
To accompany the opening of Actions of Art and Solidarity at the Kunstnernes Hus Norway this week, the curatorial team at the Office for Contemporary Art, Norway invited participating artists to contribute suggestions for a protest playlist:
Get Up, Stand Up – Bob Marley and the Wailers, Respect – Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On, Ku Klux Klan & Handsworth Revolution – Steel Pulse, and Beyonce – Run the World (Girls). Listen to these and more here.
Actions of Art & Solidarity opened today at the Kunstnernes Hus Oslo. This international group exhibition has been curated by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and I am absolutely thrilled to be invited as a participating artist, showing an extensive portfolio of my Greenham Common photography.
“…includes works by both national and international artists operating in the name of cultural, socio-political and environmental solidarity across various geographies and contexts…”
I am of course disappointed that I can’t be in Norway for the opening events, but I am hoping that I may get to see the exhibition [and meet the team] at the Kunstnernes Hus before it closes on March 21st. My sincere thanks to Katya Garcia-Anton, director and chief curator at OCA; Elsa Itzel Archundia Esquivel; Liv Brissach; also Astrid Vostermans the contemporary art publisher and founder of Valiz who is publishing the accompanying reader.
“Solidarity has re-entered the global zeitgeist with resounding force in the last decade. It has driven new thinking focused on countering systemic failures and outright abuses related to climate, economy, surveillance, health, gender and race amongst other issues. Actions of Art and Solidarity considers the central role that artists play within this historical shift in the new millenium, drawing parallels to synergic cases of the twentiethcentury.“
Photography copyright Wendy Carrig. All rights reserved
Many thanks to Feng Gu at The China Photography Association for featuring my work in their magazine. Here is a translation of the interview : 1 Could you tell me your experiences in photography? I studied photography at Salisbury College of Art before moving to London to work for four years as an apprentice, mainly to the music and portrait photographer Mike Owen; he introduced me to the legendary surrealist photographer Angus McBean whom I also had the pleasure of working with. I set up on my own in 1990. 2 Introduce your job of commercial photography? Do you take documentary photography now? How do you deal with the relationship of commercial photography and documentary photography? Most of my commercial work comes via A&R Creative Agency – a wonderful team who have represented me for 25 years. I am regularly commissioned for fashion, beauty, lifestyle and portraiture assignments - recent clients include NBC/The Bi-Life, Triumph, Elle Germany and Stella Telegraph magazine. I am also known for my portrait photography. My work has been selected for both catalogue cover and poster campaign for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at The National Portrait Gallery London; and I have won the AOP best in category award for portraiture at the Association of Photographer’s Awards. Recent sittings include the Olympian athlete Tessa Sanderson CBE, the MP Dr.Rosena Allin-Khan, Buddhist nun Emma Slade, the girl band Bananarama, and Ayda Field Williams. I am considering working on a new documentary project, but nothing has been decided upon yet. 3 What is the Greenham Common Peace Camp? Could you introduce it to our Chinese readers? Greenham Common is a former British RAF (Royal Air Force) base. During the Cold War period in the 1980s the British government allowed American nuclear missiles to be installed there. Many people were outraged at this act and a group of women demonstrators made a peaceful protest by walking 100 miles from Wales to Greenham Common. The number of protestors eventually grew into thousands and Peace Camps were set up encircling the base and became women-only. Their mission, to peacefully disrupt the movement and deployment of nuclear missiles. 4 Did you join it? Tell some stories about it and you? I was a photography student during the mid-1980s and visited the Peace Camp for my final year project. I stayed at Greenham for a couple of weeks during a very cold winter - sleeping under tarpaulin, eating donated food and wearing donated clothes. Every morning police and bailiffs would evict us from the site, and as soon as they had left we would return to relight the campfire for warmth, tea, talk and songs; and some women would plot and plan and eventually by nightfall would cut through the wire fence that surrounded the base, and often be arrested found sitting alongside a nuclear missile. 5 When you shot these photos of COMMON PEOPLE did you you think there will be an exhibition of your work 30 years later? No, not at all, the pictures have been stored in my negative files until only last year. 6 What do you want to convey through these photos? My pictures mainly show quiet, domestic life at the Peace Camp. I realise now that this vision is possibly unique, as by excluding all men from the camps would have also meant excluding most photographers, as photography at that time was very much male dominated. 7 How do you think the photography experiences affected your later photography career? As a student I was interested in both documentary and fashion photography. As a professional photographer I fell into working in the fashion industry as I was inspired by the photographers, mainly fashion photographers, whom I had assisted. In recent years I have been working towards more portrait commissions as I like to show a reality and truth in my work. Re-visiting my Greenham pictures has made me reconsider my early thoughts on documentary photography and I am now looking for new ways I can take this forward in my career. 8 What do you think about as a woman photographer in shooting beauty, fashion,lifestyle photography? I believe that whatever genre of photography I choose to work in – beauty, fashion, lifestyle, portraiture, documentary etc - my creative style as a photographer is as individual and unique as the personality of any photographer, regardless of gender. 9 How many years do you take photography as a career? And How do you keep your passion alive in photography? Next year I will be celebrating thirty years as a professional photographer. The advent of digital cameras was definitely a moment that boosted my passion for photography – I often prefer to work with daylight, so the extra film and shutter speeds combined with auto-focusing allowed me to push the boundaries of my vision. 10 Could you give some advice to our readers about how to take a nice photo? A ‘nice’ photograph doesn’t have to be technically perfect, but I think it does have to convey something of a message to it’s audience. There is usually a reason for taking a photograph so it is important that your audience understands the message or story you are trying to convey. Photography like art is only ‘nice’ if the viewer believes it to be so. I always question my own work by asking myself “Is it real..?” “do I believe..?”. COMMON PEOPLE can be seen at the Greenham Common Control Tower until this Saturday 9th March.
My COMMON PEOPLE photography exhibition continues at Greenham Common Control Tower Thursday-Sunday until 9th March 2019. The gallery will then open on Sunday 10th March for a private view, where Dr.Meg Thomas from the Tower will be in conversation with myself, and Beccy Trowler QC who is featured in the exhibition and whose image is on the exhibition poster. Tickets for this event are £8.50 available from Greenham Common Control Tower
Many thanks to Lin Wilkinson for this wonderful review featured in The Newbury Weekly News 3rd January 2019 edition. My COMMON PEOPLE photography exhibition continues at the Greenham Common Control Tower Berkshire until 9th March - open Thursdays to Sundays. For more photography by Wendy Carrig please visit WWW.WENDYCARRIG.CO.UK
I am pleased to announce that my COMMON PEOPLE photography exhibition will be opening at the Greenham Common Control Tower on Sunday 9th December 2018 and will run for three months until 9th March 2019. All the photography on show was taken at Greenham Common Peace Camp during the mid-1980s whilst I was a photography student at Salisbury College of Art. Many thanks to Meg Thomas and the trustees of The Tower for inviting me to exhibit my work in their new gallery space. All photography is for sale, together with an exhibition poster and postcards. If you would like to attend the launch event, especially if you were at the Peace Camp during the 1980s, please DM me via the contact form on my website. Best wishes. Wendy
Women protestors at Greenham Common Peace Camp 1985. As a photography student I stayed at the camp, documenting life around the campfire as part of my final year project. I was only there a few weeks, but in that time I experienced daily evictions, slept in makeshift tents in sub-zero temperatures, had bricks thrown at me, and witnessed at first hand the enormity of a cruise missile convoy. The camp was disbanded two years later when, as a result of the women's protest, the cruise missiles were removed. Greenham women, like many other women's protest groups, followed on from the legacy left to them by the Women's Suffrage Movement. After years of protesting the suffragettes finally achieved their ambition in obtaining votes for women on the 6th February 1918, one hundred years ago today. All photography © Wendy Carrig