Fotonet ARCHIVE 1999 - 2009

Fotonet was founded by Susie Medley and Southern Arts to promote and develop photography in the southern region of the UK and was hosted by the Visual Arts Department at Oxford Brookes University. The website was made as a priority as the best vehicle for networking and promoting photography activities in the region, nationally and internationally. An on-going gallery of specially curated exhibitions was created as a valuable resource for photographers to show their work to a wide audience. During this period Fotonet worked in collaboration with many galleries and arts organisations. (see below)

In 2005 Fotonet moved to join The Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art which is part of the University of Southampton. This move gave the opportunity for Susie Medley to curate exhibitions in the gallery and for Fotonet and The Winchester Gallery to promote photography together. In April 2009 Fotonet moved to the present base in Oxford.

The aim has always been to promote the work of photographers in as comprehensive a way as possible. Thus, for example, the new work developed during a fellowship becomes a touring exhibition and usually a publication; nearly all exhibitions were accompanied by artists' talks or a conference and at The Winchester Gallery the artists took part in the schools education programme.

Here is an archive of the activities completed by Susie Medley and Fotonet over these 10 years. Most of these activities were collaborative projects and were all funded by Southern Arts then South East Arts. Other main funders are listed separately.

International Research Fellowships

Naoya Hatakeyama (Japan) to Milton Keynes 2001  During Japan 2001 Festival and The Arts Council Year of the Artist. ACE, japan 2001, Architecture MK, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Elephant Trust, Sasekawa Foundation. Japan Foundation.

Wong Hoy Cheong (Malaysia) to Oxford Brookes University/The Pitt Rivers Museum University of Oxford. 2004

Richard Billingham (UK) to Artsway, Hampshire 2004

Jari Silomaki (Finland) to Oxford Brookes University 2005, IPRN, Jyvaskula University, Finnish Institute, FRAME.

Toby Glanville (UK) toThe Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu Finland 2006. Arts Council England, Finnish Institute.

Renja Leino (Finland) to Winchester School of Art 2007. Finnish Institute, FRAME.

David Spero (UK) to The Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, Finland 2007. Arts Council England, Finnish Institute.


“Who are you?” Group exhibition about portraiture curated with the artists Norman McBeath, Lucy Dickens, Jude Eddington, Tom Pilston.  Xchange Gallery, Oxford. 2001

Naoya Hatakeyama “Slow Glass” produced with The Winchester Gallery. 2002.
Tour: Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland; The Winchester Gallery, Winchester; Impressions Gallery, York; The Dick Institute, East Kilbride.
Publication: “Slow Glass” with essay by Mark Haworth-Booth, Curator of Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum. Designed by John Gillett. Published by Light Xchange with The Winchester Gallery. ISBN 1 873451 44 X

“Picturing Oxford,Oxford Through the Eyes of Young Asylum Seekers” with Rory Carnegie, photographer and Nikki van der Gaag, writer. Modern Art Oxford with Oxford Literary Festival. 2003

Wong Hoy Cheong “Slight Shifts” installation in The Pitt Rivers Museum 2004
Online exhibiton

Poole Photography Festival.2004, Artistic Director. Commissioned new work by Sunil Gupta “Tales of a city, Delhi” for Lighthouse; other galleries involved in the festival were, The Study Gallery, The Gallery Arts Institute of Bournemouth, The Atrium Gallery Bournemouth University.

“Green in Colour” Group exhibition 2006 – David Spero, Mandy Lee Jadrell, Peter Finnemore, Henna Nadeem. The Winchester Gallery curated with Kate Maple.

“Green in Black and White” Group exhibition 2007 – Sarah Moon, John Davies, Jonathan Olley, Ingrid Pollard, Stuart Franklin, Angela Easterling, Henry Fox Talbot, Eugene Cuvelier, Gustave le Gray, Charles Jones, Anon’s.The Michael Wilson Centre for Photography produced digital images of  19th century photography from the collection. The Winchester Gallery curated with Kate Maple

Jari Silomaki “My Weather Diary – My UK Days, My Unopened Letters”. Produced with The Winchester Gallery 2005.
 “Telling Tales” a symposium held during the exhibition to bring artists together to discuss their work in relation to telling stories using image and text – Jari Silomaki, Anna Fox, Kate Mellor, Roma Tearne, Val Williams chairperson.
Tour: The Winchester Gallery, Said Business School, University of Oxford for Oxfordshire Artweeks and galleries in Finland. 2005/6.
Publication: “My Weather Diary, My Unopened Letters” with essay by Brett Rogers, Director The Photographers Gallery. Designed by John Gillett. Published by Fotonet with The Winchester Gallery. ISBN 1 873451 56 3

Toby Glanville “Finland Stations” produced with The Winchester Gallery 2007
Tour: the Winchester Gallery and galleries in Finland.
Publication: “Finland Stations” 14 cards with texts by Toby Glanville in envelope folder. Designed by John Gillett. Published by Fotonet with The Winchester Gallery. ISBN 978 1 873451 57 1

Brighton Photo Biennial 2008 “Photography and Revolution: Memory Trails through the Latin American Left” Group exhibition co-curated with Julian Stallabrass and produced with The Winchester Gallery.

Anna Fox “Cockroach Diary and Other Stories”.The Winchester Gallery 2008. Touring show conceived with Anna Fox and Anne McNeill, curated and produced by Impressions Gallery, Bradford.
Tour: Impressions Gallery, Ffotogallery Cardiff.
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize
Publication by Photoworks  “Anna Fox Photographs 1983 – 2007” with essays by Val Williams, Jason Evans, David Chandler, Mieke Bal. ISBN 978 1903796221

Renja Leino “Just Anybody” produced with The Winchester Gallery 2009.
Tour: the Winchester Gallery, galleries in Finland
Publication: “Just Anybody” with essays by Renja Leino and David Sweetman. Designed by John Gillett. Published by Fotonet with The Winchester Gallery. ISBN 978 1 873451 60 1

David Spero “Balls, wood and audiotape” produced with the Winchester Gallery 2009
Tour: The Winchester Gallery, galleries in Finland.

Commissions for online exhibitions

On the theme of New Towns – John Kippin “A Home in the Country” and Clare Strand “Signs of a Struggle”
Mar Mateo “The Road”

Online exhibitions by invitation.

Reviews of exhibitions, festivals, books

Open Submission exhibitions promoted and selected for

Forest Arts, New Milton
South Hill Park, Bracknell
Lighthouse, Bournemouth
OVADA, Oxford
Otter Gallery, University of Chichester.

Professional Development

Series of Portfolio Days in regional galleries for photographers to show and discuss their work with the exhibiting photographer and another invited professional.

Lectures and gallery talks in association with residencies and exhibitions.

Susie Medley

Summer 2009