A Masterclass with Red Saunders: An ABC of Hidden

From: 23rd March 2019 12:00 pm

To: 23rd March 2019 3:00 pm

Derby Museums

University of Derby, School of Lens Media

A unique Masterclass workshop from international photographic artist Red Saunders




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Image credit: Red Saunders on location – by Simon Warner/Impressions Gallery

Red Saunders is an artist who combines his photographic practice with cultural, artistic, musical, and political activism. He is currently working with Derby Museums to create a major new artwork in his ‘Hidden Project’ series for the new Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill.

As part of this project, Red will be delivering a unique Masterclass workshop, which is ideally suited to photographers interested in extending their knowledge of composition and lighting, as well as activists wanting to celebrate trade union history through the realisation of ‘The Hidden Project’.

Working closely with Red Saunders as a major UK photographer and artist, participants will have the opportunity to develop a Hidden tableau as a group endeavour. The session has a practical focus on working in a studio set-up with green screen technology. Learning from Red’s mastery of studio lighting, you’ll experiment with creative and technical processes that ensure the overall consistency of the image when produced as a large scale tableau. This will include group concept development, and there will be an opportunity to learn more about post-production processes that use composite images to create a finely crafted large-scale image.

Those attending are invited to bring props and objects with them that have special political significance.

This event is part of the Museum of Making project by Derby Museums. It is being run in collaboration with FORMAT19, Derby QUAD and the University of Derby, and made possible with support from Unite TU.

Supported by Rolls-Royce and funders of the Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill.


Red Saunders Casting Call

Saturday 30 March, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm – Co-Production Hub at Derby Silk Mill near Cathedral Green

Sunday 31 March, 11am-2pm -St Martin’s Church and Community Centre, Allenton, Derby

Red Saunders In Conversation with Audience Q&A
Friday 22 March, 6-7.30pm
QUAD, Derby


A former member of the 60’s underground theatre group CAST, Red Saunders made his name as a regular contributor for the ground-breaking Sunday Times colour supplement for over 20 years in addition to photographic commissions for Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire and Time Out.

As a founder member and activist with the Rock Against Racism campaign in the 70s, Red’s ongoing engagement with politics and social change has resulted in The Hidden Project series which, through the involvement of local people, reproduces important historic scenes involving the dissenters, revolutionaries, radicals and non-conformists who have so often been written out of our history books.

Commissioned internationally, Red Saunders has created photographic tableaux including The Peterloo Massacre (Manchester 2019), Wyatt Tyler and the Peasants’ Revolt 1381 (The Museum of London), The Signing of the Treaty of Utrecht 1731 for its 300th Year Commemoration (City Of Utrecht), and The Women Levellers of the Civil War 1646 as part of a major series of tableaux vivant (Impressions Gallery).

As an artist, Red’s work focusses on the staged or constructed school of photography using large format cameras and processes that lend themselves to a much slower, more considered composition. It is this practice that finds influence from the great traditions of classical painting, theatre and opera that are the palette from which he draws his photographic practice.


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