Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Opening event 14 March, 6 – 8pm

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Central to XTRALIFE is a series of ‘melted photographs’ in artist-made frames produced specifically for the exhibition. This marks the first time the photographs have been exhibited together as a solo show and builds on Seb Trend’s ongoing investigations into states of ‘in-between’: molten and solid, representation and abstraction, permanent and momentary.

Through a painting process akin to alchemy Seb Trend liquifies and manipulates images, moving photographic emulsion around like paint. The ‘melted photographs’ are produced by meticulously applying paints and chemicals to the surface changing both the physical make up and narrative reading of the photographs. What was once a photograph is now a painting. Parts of the photograph are held, liquidated, painted, drawn over and embellished to produce new forms in response to the original composition of the image. The patterns in the work reference a sense of structure or break down in structure, against the fluid, amorphous nature of the melted image.

The ground material of the ‘melted photographs’ is KODAK XTRALIFE paper. The exhibition’s title references this promise of longevity, that what is captured within a photograph outlives the fleeting moment it depicts, and everything contained within the photograph lives an XTRALIFE.

℅ National Glass Centre Liberty Way Sunderland SR6 0GL

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9 March—9 June 2024


  • Mon 10am – 5pm
  • Tue 10am – 5pm
  • Wed 10am – 5pm
  • Thu 10am – 5pm
  • Fri 10am – 5pm
  • Sat 10am – 5pm
  • Sun 10am – 5pm
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