I was delighted to be involved in the British Council’s OPENCities project from 2007-09. As curator for a photographic exhibition and book I drew up a shortlist of potential photographers from six European cities, interviewed them and them briefed them on theme of ‘immigration and city success’.
With British Council staff and their graphic design company in London, we produced an exhibition of photographs and text that toured Europe and China.
See OPENCities on my website.
IN 2006 I curated the Our House exhibition and book project for The Lowry in Salford. I was originally invited to show my own regeneration work in their promenade space but instead suggested I extend the range of the work and so invited five other photographers, including a 15-year-old from a council estate.
“...it was a really moving and inspirational presentation...”
“...I can honestly say that you really reminded me of why I wanted to be a photographer.”
“This is basically to tell you how invigorating your lecture was. It’s been a while since I heard anyone speak in such a manner as to really appreciate and love an aspect of their work.”
I give talks to university and college students, to emerging photographers and to photographic societies.
I also lead photography workshops for different groups. During December 2010 and January 2011 I was the lead practitioner on a photography and creative writing project entitled Life Through a Lens at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster. Working with a small number of community groups, an exhibition was produced, inspired by a new play at the theatre.