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Exhibition Announcement: Photographs from Another Place

Exhibition Announcement: After my four year research project around a rediscovered family photographic archive, the results will be exhibited at The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum on the Wirral this coming December and January of 2020, it will then tour to Norwich Cathedral. The Williamson was a gallery that the original photographer Sydney J Gearing visited and I’m really delighted to be taking his and my work back to its spiritual home. Thanks to an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant, I will now be undertaking a phase of local engagement with groups who are touched by content from the collection and project, this will result in a parallel exhibition of outcomes. I will also be completing a collaboration with renowned author and poet George Szirtes, which will investigate the project as a companion text piece. Along with the financial assistance of Arts Council England, The Elephant Trust have also supported a specific aspect of the engagement which will culminate in a limited edition artwork.


Also I’m equally delighted to confirm that Dewi Lewis will be publishing and distributing the book of the project. More details to follow shortly.



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Elephant Trust grant

Delighted to confirm that I am the recipient of an Elephant Trust Grant to develop and deliver a specific aspect of my long-term ‘Photographs from Another Place’ project.

I would like to thank their vision and support in enabling me to make a piece of work based around the original camera used by Sydney J Gearing.


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Over the seasonal break I’ve been busy reviewing, editing and assembling footage for the little artist film I’m making called ‘Some thoughts on Masonry and Its degrees’ which is part of my long term photographic project ‘Photographs from Another Place‘.

It is an address to the Merseyside Association of Masonic Research by Sydney James Gearing in 1954 and is performed by Worshipful Brother Ian Dallinger, Provincial Gtrand Steward of Elleray Park Lodge 5620, at the Wallasey Masonic Hall that Sydney attended on the Wirral.


Here are the opening few paragraphs from the address:

Presidential Address.
By Bro. S. J. GEARING, P.P.G.D.


In presenting this Address, following my Induction into the President’s Chair by Worshipful Brother T. W. Fletcher, Past President, in consequence of the unavoidable absence of the retiring President, Brother A. L. Cox, may I say how much l appreciate your confidence in electing me to that distinguished band of Masons, who have occupied the Chair of this Association.

Should I be able, during my year of office, to assist this Association to progress even a little further upon the road to knowledge of the profession of Masonry, I shall be grateful.

Having an arduous business life and busy Masonic life, I propose to confine this Address to my thoughts generally on the Degrees of Masonry, with which I am connected, so that I may perhaps kindle a spark of interest in them in the minds of some of the younger Brethren, that these Degrees may continue to receive the new blood, so necessary to progress in any phase of life.