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CREDIT: Joanne Coates

Documenting Northern culture in rural places: Joanne Coates

Event info

About the event:

Joanne Coates will lead a talk around working in documentary photography as a working class woman. Discussing making work with rural communities, finding the right audience for your work, and getting commissioned as a documentary photographer. 

We invite you to explore Joanne’s website and read more about her most recent project (exploring gender inequality in the farming industry).


About the photographer:

Joanne Coates is an award winning working class documentary storyteller who uses the medium of photography. She is based in the North of England and is a winner of the British Journal of Photography Portrait of Britain 2020 Awards. Joanne is interested in rurality, working life and class inequality and her work has been shown internationally and across the UK. She is currently Artist in Residence at Berwick Visual Arts and Newcastle University. Her practice is as much about process, participation and working with communities. 

She is also the Director of the Arts organisation Lens Think, to meet, share, grow ideas, & develop photography in the North of England. With the aims of fighting for class equality and a more creative industry through participation and radical community arts.

Joanne is a member of Women Photograph. ( A co-founder of The Other ( and Form Collective (

Her approach can be seen in commissions for BBC, Vice, The Guardian, The FT, The Telegraph, and more. 


Event details:

25 May

7-8pm BST

The event will be organised on Zoom and will not be recorded. A link will be provided closer to the date.

Event Organiser

Patricia Hilbert




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