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Workshop: Image making as community making

Sat 22 Jan 15.00 £4

Saturday 22 January 15.00-17.00


“Why have we found erotic subject matter to be important to document?”

Join artists Phyllis Christopher and Janina Sabaliauskaitė for a workshop exploring ‘image making as community making – a conversation between the generations’.

Phyllis and Janina will share their work, their influences and inspirations, and talk about the importance of intimate queer photography. What does it mean to photograph this community now as opposed to 20-30 years ago?

This workshop is aimed at photographers who are interested in documenting other marginalised communities. In the workshop you’ll explore motivational techniques, access and collaborative consent, whether you are working within your own communities or from the outside.

The second half of the workshop is dedicated to looking at and discussing your own work. Please bring it along, Phyllis and Janina would love to see it. If you don't have your own work yet, you may want to bring photographs or books by other people that inspire you, to spark conversation and future projects.

There will be a computer in the space so you can share work in a digital format if this is convenient for you.

Spaces for this workshop are limited. If you have booked a space and can no longer attend please let us know so your space can be given to someone else.

About the artists

This workshop coincides with Contacts, Phyllis Christopher’s solo exhibition at BALTIC. Pairing images depicting moments of sexual intimacy alongside documents of LGBTQ+ protest in the street, Contacts explores the ways that visual representation and political activism are rendered inseparable through Christopher’s lens.

Contacts is curated by Laura Guy. The exhibition at BALTIC runs in parallel with Christopher’s solo exhibition at Grand Union in Birmingham and together they represent the artist’s first major retrospective. It also coincides with the publication of Christopher’s first monograph Dark Room: San Francisco Sex and Protest, 1988-2003 by Bookworks.

Janina Sabaliauskaitė is a Lithuanian artist, independent curator, researcher and collaborator based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Since 2014 she has been working with photography documenting her own communities, running analogue darkrooms, teaching, exploring experimental film and queer archives. Her work looks at the history of feminism and LGBTQ+ visibility and addresses the issues of identity, gender, sexuality and desire. Recent projects include: co-producer and researcher, Lesbian Zine Portraits, Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne (ongoing); co-creator and editor of annual LGBTQ+ printed art and media magazine, Kreives, Vilnius Queer festival (2020-now); co-curator of the On Our Backs: An Archive, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne (2017). Sabaliauskaitė is currently preparing for her solo show and curating the forthcoming Rimaldas Vikšraitis exhibition (accompanied by a monograph published by Kerber-Verlag), both at Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland in 2022.


We want our events to be inclusive and accessible. This event can be supported by a British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter. You can let us know about any requirements you have when you book your ticket. Ahead of your visit, you can find out about BALTIC's facilities and accessibility here.