Sam Ivin


Exploring human migration in Stoke-on-Trent

Settling. Exploring Human Migration in Stoke-on-Trent.
New dates are: 17 April- 9 June 2021

Settling explores the different stories of people who have moved to Stoke-on-Trent from around the world. Settling is a series of diptych portraits that tell the stories of people who have moved to Stoke-on-Trent from around the world. Stories include the life journey of World War Two veteran Walerian Tyminski, Pat Phillips the wife and business partner of a local artist, and Aida Haughton’s story on finding love in post-war Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Settling began as a 3 month, summer residency in 2017 with local arts organisation Appetite (part of Arts Council England funded Creative People and Places programme) and photography producer GRAIN projects. Funding from Arts Council England enabled Sam to expand the work in 2018 leading to an exhibition at Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Hanley from May to September 2019.

Image of Hyacinth Stone participant in Settling
Image: Hyacinth Stone, Settling. 

Sam Ivin is a photographic artist whose work focuses on social issues and the people connected with them. His pictures attempt to demonstrate the impact situations have on his subjects. By documenting their stories and perspectives he hopes to provide a more personal, tangible understanding of them. He has been awarded numerous significant photography prizes including the Magnum Photos Graduate Photographers Award, May 2017,The GMC First Prize, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, March 2017, the Best Graduate Single Image, Runner Up, British Journal of Photography (BJP) Breakthrough Award 2016 and the Winner of Best Single Image, Human Category at Renaissance Photography Prize 2015.

Settling was supported by GRAIN Projects, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Appetite and Arts Council England. Made in collaboration with local residents.

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