Wideyed is an arts collective that undertakes international projects and creative collaborations leading to the production and innovative dissemination of new works. Since founding it in February 2008, its photographers have played active roles in photography festivals, received awards and bursaries, worked on commission, and exhibited from England to South Africa.
The collective began by producing ‘Sisters in Chanel and Chador‘, Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian’s first UK solo exhibition, which was programmed as part of the 2008 edition of the Tees Valley Museums Photography Festival.
March-April 2010, Wideyed undertook an experimental exchange with Blindboys in South Asia, leading to the exhibition ‘Blindboys Wideyed‘ and two site-specific interventions [here and here] in Newcastle upon Tyne, followed by participation in ‘BlowUp Bombay‘, a group street exhibition in Bandra, Mumbai on 22nd May. Also in 2010, Wideyed was awarded a NAN ‘Go and See’ Bursary, and in October used it to visit photography collective Belgrade Raw in Serbia.
In 2011, Wideyed was commissioned by Photo Festivals to work in partnership with ASA Collective on ‘Mapping the Flâneur‘, an intervention as part of Collectives Encounter at FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby. Wideyed and ASA Collective continued working together to recurate the prints produced at FORMAT11 into the exhibition ‘Re:Mapping the Flâneur‘, which took place at Newcastle Arts Centre 14th June – 9th July.
In September 2010 and 2011, Wideyed’s photographers collectively engaged in two arts residencies at the organic vineyards of Château du Perron in the Touraine region of France. The results of their work there became ‘In Vino Veritas’, which was first exhibited at ArtHouse gallery in London April – May 2012, then again in November 2012 at Espace Beaujon, Paris, as part of Mois de la Photo-OFF. Also in 2012, the collective produced ‘Foreign Bodies‘ during Nomadic Village, an international arts residency in Wolsingham, Weardale, 21st May – 3rd June, which lead to a touring group exhibition.