Study Visit: Martin Parr

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Prolific, successful, influential, over-rated? Parr is perhaps the leading British photographer. He is distinctive, eclectic and controversial but, love him or hate him, he’s been hugely influential and is impossible to ignore.

Join tutor Derek Trillo on the 12 March at the Hepworth Wakefield which according to the Independent is “one of the finest contemporary art museums in Europe”

We will visit The Rhubarb Triangle and Other Stories: A commissioned exhibition of the local rhubarb industry alongside a comprehensive overview of Martin Parr’s work will be shown, from early Yorkshire-based black and white photographs of rural communities to his recent international examinations of consumerism. Drawing on the implicit themes of labour and leisure present in the new Rhubarb Triangle commission, the exhibition brings together photographs from multiple series and commissions to address contemporary global networks of industry and consumption. Key series to be exhibited include: The Non-Conformists, 1975-80; The Last Resort, 1983-85; The Cost of Living, 1989; Autoportrait, 1991-2012 and Common Sense, 1995-99.

Derek will provide some links to recommended leading material prior to the visit to give food for thought when viewing the exhibitions, and to provide topics for an informal discussion with other students afterwards. Your thoughts and the discussions can then be reflected on in your learning logs.

One not to be missed, you can reserve your place by emailing

Please see the Joining Instructions here


  1. dougslr 3 February 2016 at 9:29 am

    Can I suggest that when Derek publishes the links to the recommended r[l]eading material they are placed here so that those of us who cannot attend have the opportunity to review this material too.

  2. Joanne 3 February 2016 at 10:00 am

    Yes I’ll make the Joining Instructions available on the post so those who cannot make it can investigate the work further.


  3. Sarah G 3 February 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I’ve booked on, really looking forwards to it and quite a fan of the Hepworth too

  4. Christine 6 February 2016 at 9:28 pm

    What time would I have to get there on 12th March

    1. Joanne 8 February 2016 at 9:13 am

      Hi Christine,

      The visit will start around 11am.


      1. Christine Sedders 15 February 2016 at 8:20 pm

        I have just sent a message to say I would like to attend. Been a bit awkward to organise because I am not usually free on Saturdays.

  5. Joanne 17 February 2016 at 10:12 am

    The Joining Instructions are available in the post above for anyone who would like to take a look.


  6. John Adrian Orr 13 March 2016 at 10:54 am

    A really excellent visit yesterday. Big thanks to the tutor Derek and all the other students for making it such a worthwhile day. Lots to think and write about! Great to meet Eddie Smith too from the OCA office team.

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