Today we had our final (3rd) creative session at Levenshulme Market, as part of an artist residency we’ve been running over the past month, tied in with the Jubilee celebrations.
Laura Deane and I have been running portraiture sessions – where people can make photographic self portraits in our pop up studio and/or draw or collage or otherwise contribute something for inclusion in our community exhibition, due to take place at Levenshulme Old Library next Saturday, 4 June.
We are being funded to do this fun project by money from Arts Council England, distributed to us by Forever Manchester. We made the case that we wanted to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by paying tribute to the wealth of cultures and characters who live in our local neighbourhood of Levenshulme.
Over the three sessions, around 170 people have made photographic self portraits using our studio and a shutter release cable, getting a print to take away with them. We now need to pull together the exhibition in a matter of days….
Today we were graced by celebrity in the form of BBC TV weatherman Owain Wyn Evans and our local MP Afzal Khan. Thanks to everyone who has taken part so far – it’s had such a positive reception and we feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to work on something so fun.