Artificial Things: Shutter Hub Photography Exhibition and Events at Cambridge University

Open to the public from 3rd November 2017 to 19th January 2018

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm (closed for Christmas from 23 December 2017 – 3 January 2018)

Art at the ARB, University of Cambridge, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

Credit: Theo Ellison, Ascending Descension

Artificial Things, a photography exhibition by Shutter Hub in collaboration with Art at the ARB at Cambridge University, opens on Friday 3rd November 2017.

There will always be a question over the photographic image as to whether it can ever truly capture reality. ‘Artificial Things’ explores this idea further, bringing together photographic artists who use the medium to explore and merge the boundaries of the fake, the real, and the in-between.

Credit: Ben Altman, Act 1, Year Four, December #1

An exhibition reception will take place on Thursday 30th November from 5.30-8pm  which will include talks from two of the exhibiting artists. Ben Altman will present his 7-year project The More That Is Taken Away, involving elements of performance and filmmaking as well as photography. Clara Turchi Rose will present her work Liquid Images, which explores the boundaries of the definition of the photographic image.

Credit: Victoria Ahrens, ALLA

Artificial Things has been organised by Shutter Hub and Art at the ARB, an exhibition space at the University of Cambridge. Shutter Hub is a photography organisation that provides opportunities, support and networking for photographers across the UK and worldwide, at any stage in their career. As well as supporting photographers in person at events and meet ups, Shutter Hub also offer their members support and promotion via social media, and run an extensive online resource including their award winning blog (Best Company Photography Blog – UK Blog Awards 2017).

Credit: Jacqueline Thow, BG.XL

Shutter Hub members Becky Probert, Ben Altman, Charlotte Morrison, Christopher Sims, Clara Turchi Rose, Ethan Lo, Gavin Smart, Georgina Howard, Jacqueline Thow, Jo Stapleton, Joanne Coates, Luke Harby, Lynn Fotheringham, Olli Hellmann, Paul Hart, Rachel Wright, Theo Ellison, Victoria Ahrens and Will Webster will exhibit a diverse and thought provoking range of work, including video installation and sculptural pieces.

Credit: Lynn Fotheringham, Summit

An associated event in collaboration with WomenBeing will take place on Saturday 9th December 2017. The Importance of Being and Accepting Yourself will take place from 2-4pm at Art at the ARB.

The WomenBeing Project is an international platform for discussion, sharing of experiences and knowledge, supporting the empowerment of women.

At this event, speakers Karen Harvey, Founder and Director of Shutter Hub; Tina Antwi, model, speaker, writer and youth development worker; Sonali Mohapatra, Chancellors PhD Fellow in Theoretical Physics, blogger, poet, spoken word performer and author; and journalist Catarina Demony will tell us about the impact that embracing themselves fully had in their professional and personal lives, and how self-acceptance is the only route that can lead to real contentment and fulfilment.

Credit: Paul Hart, Holbeach St. Matthew from the series Farmed

Each talk will last 20 minutes, and will be followed by a Q&A session/panel discussion and networking.

All events are free to attend. For more information about the Artificial Things exhibition and events, visit