Picturing England’s High Streets is a major commission that will see six artists undertaking residencies at high street locations across England, with the Open Calls for the last photographer-in-residence programme, in Leicester, still open.
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… Photoworks commission is part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zones Cultural Programme…
Historic England writes:
Picturing England’s High Streets is a major commission that will see six artists undertaking residencies at high street locations across England.
Four artists have been selected for photographic residencies and there will be an open call to find the remaining two launched in July 2021.
The selected photographers will use a socially-engaged approach, working alongside local communities to create a contemporary portrait of England’s high streets between now and 2024. The images they produce will become part of the Historic England Archive.
A three-year project on six high streets
The three-year project will deliver six photographer-in-residence programmes at six high street locations across England, as well as artist mentoring and a digital nationwide mass participation project.
Users of the high streets and the community are at the heart of Picturing England’s High Streets, and each selected photographer has a link to the local high street area.
To host each residency, Photoworks and Historic England have partnered with photography organisations across England, including:
- Prescot (with Open Eye Gallery)
- Chester (with Open Eye Gallery)
- Coventry (with GRAIN Projects)
- Stoke (with GRAIN Projects)
- Leicester (with QUAD/FORMAT)
- Tower Hamlets (with Photofusion)
Photographers have been chosen for four photographer-in-residence programmes. Each of the four photographers will also benefit from mentoring support delivered by Impressions Gallery, PARC (Photography and the Archive Research Centre), Redeye The Photography Network, ReFramed and The Photographers’ Gallery.
The Open Calls for the remaining two photographers-in-residence programmes in Leicester and Tower Hamlets will launch in July 2021.
The Photoworks commission is part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zones Cultural Programme, led by Historic England.
“Picturing England’s High Streets is an ambitious and long-running photography commission, that aims to get under the skin of our high streets and capture people’s hopes and dreams. To see this cohort of exceptional photographers come together is truly exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing them bring this commission to life.”
Find out what’s coming up in our four-year programme of cultural activity across England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones, continuing until 2024.