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Exhibition coincides with new network opening

An exhibition with an international flavour opened in Sunderland today.

The WORK exhibit brings with it the launch of a new body that aims to stamp North East photography firmly on the international arts map.

It showcases a range of international artists and focuses on the world of work in three diverse environments.

The exhibition features the work of local photographer Tomoko Yoneda who worked in the former steel-producing town of Sesto San Giovanni, near Milan, to produce a series of photos called The City.

Rob Hornstra, from the Netherlands, documents contemporary Icelandic society.

His work shows Iceland in a different light to the stereotypical view of the country as a place of mystic romantic landscapes in his series of work, Roots of the Runtur.

Andre Vieira, from Brazil, created his commissioned work while he spent five months working in Essen, Germany.

Cartography of an Invisible World is a portrait of the changing face of the workplace, focusing on a new generation of younger German workers in different industries.

The opening of the exhibition coincides with the launch of the North East Photography Network.

The network has been put together to develop, promote and showcase the top photography produced across the region.

To date, the North East boasts a diverse range of photographers who specialise in a diverse range of photography, from photojournalism and documentary to visual arts.

Jointly funded by the Arts Council of England and the University of Sunderland, the networks gives photographers the chance to produce, discuss and evaluate their work.

The North East Photography Network's website is being launched in the university's Reg Vardy Gallery.

For more details, visit www.northeastphoto.net

The exhibition at the Reg Vardy Gallery runs until October 15.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment.

Entry is free and the gallery is open to the public. For more details, phone 515 2128.