LENS THINK X Village X Natasha Caruana

Theme | | Self Love | Tainted Love | Unrequited Love | Enduring Love | Obsessive Love | Playful Love


Lens think wants to see your works that interpret love. We are searching for photographers to showcase their work at an exhibition and pop up event taking place in Leeds, at Village bookstore from February 13th - 28th 2020. The selected photographers get the opportunity to showcase their work in a group show titled ‘Sweet dreams… are made of this’.

The selected images will be printed by us, and up for sale in a silent auction to raise money for a Leeds based domestic violence charity, Behind closed doors (https://www.behind-closed-doors.org.uk ). Photographers and artists based in Yorkshire are welcome to submit.

Love can be hopeless and nihilistic. Love can be a perpetual state of seeking. Love can be a number of things. We welcome submissions to use the theme as playfully as possible. We want to see your images that touch on the theme of love. Guest judge Natasha Caurna and Village bookstore will make a selection. We are looking for love in all forms, from people of all backgrounds and experience.

Deadline: January 30th 2020


(please read carefully.)

1. Please submit your 50-75 word bio, statement, and any other info you think we should know (social media, website) to hello@joannecoates.co.uk

2. Email up to three (3) JPGs (sRGB color profile works best.) 300 DPI with " LOVE Submission" in the subject line and each image titled with your name and the title of the image (i.e. Glenn_Warhol_love_01)

IMPORTANT: Please do NOT submit zipped folders of images.

ALSO IMPORTANT: Please do NOT watermark your images. We can’t print them with a watermark, but we will credit you if we share. The print auction will be silent, so it’s important people don’t know who are, but we will.

OPTIONAL: Want other people to see your submissions and us to share them? AFTER submitting via email, Hashtag #LTsweetdreams@lensthinkuk on Instagram.

FEE: None. It’s not a competition, it’s a showcase, we want to see your work. The prints will be free, with the conditions of them being submitable to silent print auction (you can bid on your own print if you like) All money will go towards a donation for charity, Behind Closed Doors (https://www.behind-closed-doors.org.uk ).

Village co-founder Joe Torr (https://villagebooks.co) and Artist Natasha Caruna will select images to feature in the exhibition Sweet Dreams, are made of this . . .

f you need any inspiration whatsoever Natasha’s work (https://www.natashacaruana.com) needs to be seen.

Joe Torr @ Village Leeds //
Village is an independent bookshop and gallery based in Leeds, UK. We offer a curated selection of contemporary art, design, fashion and photography books and magazines. We also source self-published and small press zines from artists around the world. Our bookshop supports a not-for-profit gallery space on the first floor. Through regular exhibitions, book launches, and artist talks, we aim to promote work from talented emerging artists and photographers within the city, and provide a platform to showcase work by established artists from further afield.

Natasha Cuaruna //
Natasha Caruana is a London-based artist working across photography, moving image and installation. Caruana has an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London. Her work begins autobiographically, exploring narratives of love, betrayal and fantasy, underpinned by a performative and playful approach. Her work is created drawing from archives, the Internet and personal accounts. The series Married Man breaks with traditional portrayals of infidelity, whilst later works grapple with the institution of marriage - its promise and defeat. She is a Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University of the Arts London.



FEB 13TH @ 6:30PM - 8:30PM

VILLAGE, 3 Thorntons Arcade, Leeds LS1 6LQ

A short intro chat from Natasha Caruana, friendly vibes and informal. Think valentines, or anti valentines, think millennial pink, free donuts, and lots of brilliant work. A silent auction to raise money for a domestic abuse charity, and where you can end up with talented photographers art work at a steal.

There will be an opening event with a talk from Natasha Caruna, food and drinks at Village Leeds on Feb 13th 2020. (invite your pals and get your work seen) The show will be on from Thursday feb 13th till 28th feb 2020. We will announce selected photographers via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram feed and through our mailing list.


March 14th - May 2020 | | Show at the Town Hall with Creative Darlington X Lens Think winning artist Luke Piper and two runners up.

Summer - August 2020 || Electric Summer | A series of workshops filled with energy around the town with a selection of artists. More info TBC.

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