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Forthcoming venues

Now that the Witham Exhibition has finished, where do we go next?

After negotiations with the powers that be at various sites we have bookings at the following venues:

We have been offered the Pottery Room at Sunderland’s Museum and Winter Garden.  This is a magnificent space complete with cabinets full of Sunderland Lustre pottery.  Another big plus here is that we should be exhibiting at the same time as the prestigious Taylor-Wessing Portrait Exhibition is on display at the same venue.

See the photographs below.

To add to our good fortune, we have arranged for the exhibition to be on view at the Ushaw College; once a seminary for Catholic Priests, this magnificent Pugin building is now part of Durham University.  The potential here is enormous and the venue is in the process of being made suitable for exhibitions.


For July and into August we will be exhibiting at Washington Arts Centre.  This has a purpose-built space with superb lighting and crisp, white walls.  There are also pictures attached below.


There are other venues we are pursuing and they will be detailed on the website as and when appropriate.

The Story so Far – reviewed 25th February 15

Since the last Story so Far update in January we have photographed two Professors from the world of medical research, an author and former Children’s Laureate, a Deputy Shadow Chief Whip MP, a Judge, a Director of a major North East museum, a Chief Fire Officer and a renowned artist

Pictured: on location with Adrian Jenkins, Bowes Museum,  and Prof. Herbie Newell

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The Story so Far – reviewed 30th January 15

The latest additions include:

  •  Prof. Sir John Burn
  • From the world of entertainment we have Brendan Healy and John Miles
  • From politics we have Lord Jeremy Beecham
  • The poet Katrina Porteous, and the guiding hand behind Side Gallery Graeme Rigby
  • Mike Barton, Chief Constable of the Durham Constabulary and Marie Nixon, once a member of the pop group Kenickie and now part of Sunderland’s regeneration
  • And Gary Bennett, the legendary Sunderland FC footballer

Pictured: Katrina Porteus and Professor Christopher Chinnery on location with PftNE

        Katrina Porteus on location at Beadnell with Joe Grabham (centre) and John Coganfrom right, John Clarke, John Cogan, Professor Chinnery

The Story So Far – reviewed 15th December 14

After a busy, pre-Christmas period we have to report the following new additions to our portfolio:

  • The two founders of the Berghaus brand: Peter Lockey and Gordon Davidson,
  • Ammar Mirza CBE, called by the Journal “The most powerful British Asian in the North East!”
  • Malcolm Gerry, the power behind The Tube and many other musical events… giving us a photo opportunity after a phone call with Bob Geldof
  • Grahame Morris MP for Easington,
  • Mike Tilley, the businessman behind the Newcastle Arts Centre and other developments.
  • Steve Howey, Sunderland-born but played football for Newcastle (and Manchester City)
  •  Jim Montgomery, legendary Sunderland goal keeper and ambassador for Sunderland AFC.

Pictured: the founders of Berghaus

                        Berghaus founders

The Story So Far … reviewed 22nd November

After a very busy week we have added several very significant people to the exhibition portfolio. The latest additions include: Dr Hari Shukla OBE, Tom Capeling Chief Fire Officer for Tyne & Wear, Sue Sim Chief Constable of Northumbria Police Force and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE. Photographed by John Cogan ARPS

Hari being questioningTom TWFS mono imperious

Sue Sim-8Tanni in profile

The Story so Far, 8th November

Latest additions include Professor Douglas Turnbull, Professor of Neurology Newcastle Medical School, Ian Mearns MP, Paul Morrison, Senior RSPB Warden Coquet Island, and Stephen Fitch, Helmsman of RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, bringing the total Portraits from the North East subjects during 2014 to 63

Pictured: clockwise from top left: Stephen Fitch, Douglas Turnbull, Paul Morrison and Ian Mearns

RNLI Blyth Steve Fitch helmsman Doug Turnbull in lab by microscope

Ian Mearns MP Paul Morrison RSPB 1

The Story So Far … 18th October

The Story So Far listing of Portraits from the North East subjects has just been reviewed and updated and can be found on the About page of this web site here

Latest additions include author and broadcaster Kate Adie, Paralympic Gold Medal winner Stephen Miller, High Sherriff of County Durham Gerry Osborne and businessman and philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer bringing the total Portraits from the North East subjects in to 58

A new member of the PftNE photography team has been added to the Team page here

Pictured:  Stephen Miller photographed by Joanne Coates and Kate Adie photographed by Peter Walton

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The Story So Far …

The Story So Far … 4th October

The Story So Far listing of Portraits from the North East subjects has just been updated and can be found on the About page of this web site here

20141003 053 Chi Onwurrah MP, Newcastle 

Pictured: Chi Onwurah MP

Launch of our Website

from John Cogan ARPSThe Portraits from the North East website goes live! Thanks to Darren Pratt and the Team we can now share this exciting photography project with you and the wide world.

 The website covers all aspects of the Project from who we are to what we’re doing and how we do it.   Our HOME page has all the various metaphorical doors that lead to these sites within the site.  ABOUT describes our mission and there is a link to “The Story So Far” which shows an illustrated list of those already “in the can” for the exhibition.

 Welcome to the BLOG.  This part of the site is our way of keeping you up to date with what we are doing and how the Project is developing.  Hopefully, we will give you a chance to inspect the minutiae of how we work and who we work with.

 Go to our TEAM page to get to know we are.

Behind the scenes

 Go to GALLERIES for behind the scenes pictures and just some of the portraits


Behind the scenes 2

 Go to CONTACT to make enquiries and give feedback. We would love to hear from you.

 We hope you enjoy the website and follow our activities with understanding and enthusiasm… Thank you!