Creative Networks is an exciting and popular peer-to-peer networking event that aims to bring together the many professional practices that make up the creative, cultural and digital sectors across Yorkshire, including film, graphics, animation, fashion, textiles, music, performance and design, to name but a few.
The network operates wholly for the benefit of its members and is managed through a partnership of Leeds College of Art, the Elsie Whitely Innovation Centre, Business Link Yorkshire and the West Yorkshire Lifelong Learning Network.
In January 2010 Creative Networks was proud present the internationally acclaimed photographer, Martin Parr.
Martin Parr is probably one of the most influential living British Photographers still working today. With over fifty books and countless exhibitions, Parr is known for his lurid and sometimes shocking use of colour in photography and his satirical, witty approach to documentary photography leaves the viewer not sure whether to laugh or cry.
His three recurrent themes are leisure activities, consumption and communication, which he uses to denounce consumer society, wastefulness, vulgarity, mass tourism, fashion and the often worrying narrowness of everyday life. He captures the laughable, the grotesque, and the unacceptable. We laugh, we giggle, we howl with laughter – the image of society that the artist holds up to us puts our moral failings and the absurdity of our everyday lives into sharp relief.