‘Looking into the Family Album’ started with a research trip to the Jerwood Space in London, with students from years 10 & 11 from Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Community Academies.
The exhibition presented new commissions and existing work by early career photographers relating to the theme of Family Politics; the curatorial theme of the first issue of Photoworks Annual. Exhibiting artists included invited artists: Claudia Sola and The Photocopy Club; and artists selected from an open call: Jonny Briggs, Robert Crosse, Nikolai Ishchuk and Joanna Piotrowska.
The exhibition explored the different ways in which artists consider and use photographic practice, resulting in an expanded view of the medium. The exhibition inspired the students, the majority of who had never visited a Gallery before, and introduced them to the practitioners they would be working with.
James Cassey, Alex Buckley and Marysa Dowling are Photography and Digital Artists with a wealth of creative, technical and exhibition skills and they spent a year training, coaching and collaborating with students and teachers.
Processes and resources experienced included visiting the photography archive centre The KEEP, training in all areas of photography and film; using digital SLR, framing and directing portraits, creating and working with props, using studio cameras and lighting, delivering their own workshops, learning how to plan and curate an exhibition, from marketing to finding a venue and ultimately creating their own work to exhibit.
Students at Brighton Academy created their work for their GCSE Art while students at Portslade created their work for their Silver Arts Award.
Supported by project partners Lighthouse and Photoworks the exhibition was then presented as part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 ( communities, collectives & collaborations) and Brighton Digital Festival 2014.
This project was made in partnership with Arts Council England, Art at Work, Aldridge Foundation, Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, Lighthouse, Photoworks, Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton & Hove City Council and Culture Shift.