Arena Seminar 2016

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The Arena Seminar 2016 took place on Friday 11th to 13th March 2016

at the Riviera Hotel, Burnaby Road, Alum Chine, Bournemouth, BH4 8JF

The Seminar has become established as a major weekend event in the photographic calendar.   The Seminar brings together a first-class group of speakers and photography enthusiasts for a weekend of lectures, discussion and the opportunity to share inspirational photography.  

Arena Photographers will hold the next Seminar in 2017 from the 10th to 12th March 2017 again at the Riviera Hotel, Bournemouth.  Please join the Arena mailing list if you wish to be notified of the opening of bookings.  

Seminar Speakers 2016

This year we are pleased to announce another excellent line-up of speakers: Lottie Davies, Peter Dazeley, Asher Svidensky, Roger Tiley as well as Arena’s own Cathy Roberts, and Paul Mitchell.

In addition to the lectures we will be running the hugely popular ‘Print Walk’ where guests can show their work to other delegates, and the well-received ‘Arena Print Raffle’ together with an opportunity to visit the Permajet Trade Stand.


Roger Tiley

Shortly after graduating from the highly acclaimed Newport School of Art, Roger’s sensitive images documenting the 1984/85 miners’ strike in the south Wales valleys where he grew up, were highly acclaimed. Much of his work since then has focussed on industrial communities in the UK and USA, and has been widely exhibited and published.

Most recently, he has completed a body of work titled “Thirty Years Ago’, revisiting the miners and their families he originally captured in the 80’s.


Peter Dazeley

Peter’s recently published and stunning coffee table book ‘Unseen London’ captures the fascinating interiors of 50 iconic London buildings, some derelict but many still working. They range from backstage at the capitals great theatres to the changing rooms of our temples of sport, and from the boiler rooms of the city’s infrastructure to the most opulent buildings in the Square Mile.

Many of the images taken during the four years of this project will be the last record of a disappearing London.


Asher Svidensky

A freelance documentary photographer, Asher has a strong passion for integrating his work with storytelling. His career as a photographer began whilst being conscripted into the military for 3 years. Now, as a world traveller, much of his work focuses on Mongolia and northern Asia.

His work has been published in magazines, newspapers and publications around the world, including National Geographic, GEO, The Times, The Guardian, and the BBC. Asher will be travelling from his home in Israel to give this presentation.


Lottie Davies

Much of Lottie’s work takes its inspiration from classical and modern paintings, cinema and theatre, and the imaginary worlds of literature. She has won recognition with numerous successes including the Association of Photographers’ Awards, International Colour Awards, and First Prize at the Taylor Wessing Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery.

Sandy Nairn, the former director of the National Portrait Gallery, described her work as “brilliantly imaginative”.


Cathy Roberts

Fine art photographer and Arena member, Cathy has had a lifelong interest in the visual arts. Although her photographic interests are wide-ranging, she inclines towards final images which are at some remove from reality.

She has a strong passion for photographing dance and the creative possibilities of this dynamic art form. This, together with her minimal approach to the landscape, make up her best-known work. She currently sits on the Licentiateship panel of the Royal Photographic Society.


Paul Mitchell

A member of Arena, Paul’s introduction into photography began at art college whilst training to be an illustrator, which ultimately led him to become a graphic designer for many of London’s design agencies.

Whatever his method of capture, exploring ideas and an emphasis on design are both something that he values and will be reflected in his “Lensless Journey” presentation. He will give a brief introduction into the techniques and equipment involved in pinhole photography, accompanied by a selection of his pinhole images.

Booking Information

Bookings are closed – as the seminar has now happened  🙂  please sign up to the Arena Mailing List below to stay up to date with the future seminars.

Seminar Location

We are pleased to be returning to the Riviera Hotel in Bournemouth once more where we can look forward to the excellent service and facilities that we have enjoyed on previous seminars.

More info: Riviera Hotel Bournemouth website