The exhibition at Christchurch Mansion, curated by John Sheeran and Emma Roodhouse, features many of Mark’s works.
A group of Photography and Fine Art students from the University of Suffolk took part in a masterclass. Among them was final year Photography student Lauren Vince, who said: “It has been a fantastic event. It’s been really interesting to hear the stories of how the photographs by Mark Surridge were taken and what happened behind the scenes. I think it’s really helpful for us students to hear how photographers have made their way into the professional world.”
Mark Edwards, Associate Professor in Photography at the University of Suffolk, added: “Many of the students visiting today are in their final year and I’m sure meeting Mark and seeing his work will be a source of inspiration.”
Mark Surridge said: “There were a couple of students asking questions about how to get into ‘Rock Photography’ as it’s called. We spoke about some of the challenges in Photography and shared experiences. There isn’t one route in pursuing Photography as a career, there are so many options. To be successful I think you need enthusiasm, an enjoyment, drive and thick skin, to put up with the inevitable knocks. Being a people-person is important, too, but overall you’ve got to enjoy it.”
The next day, a group of Year 12 students from across East Anglia took part in a workshop with Mark at both Christchurch Mansion and the University. The students explored the theme of identity and sense of place and edited their work using the newly- refurbished Photography studios at the University.
Jacob Staddon, 16, attends Northgate High School. He said: “The workshop was really interesting. I’d like to go into photography as a career so today was really inspirational. It showed me that what I’d like to do is possible and something I can work towards. Mark is really down to earth and relatable.”
The University of Suffolk, Ipswich Borough Council and One sixth-form college are supporting and hosting the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk educational workshops which are taking place in January and February.
Pictures by JADE FROUD