Local Lights Open Hollins Photographic Exhibition

The Haworth Art Gallery hosted an event for students, friends, families and local dignitaries to open an exhibition of Hollins students’ photography. The exhibit is the result of a joint venture between The Hollins Cohesion Through Creativity Initiative and the Friends of the Haworth, in which students were given free rein to photograph aspects of the Haworth from a young person’s perspective.

Student photographers unveil their works for friends, family and other Haworth visitors

Councillor Kath Pratt was notable among the guests who attended the opening of ‘Haworth Through the Lens’, a wide-ranging photographic exhibit captured entirely by Hollins students, and now on display in the Haworth’s Education Room. Other guests included Blackburn University Senior Lecturer Martyn Pearson and Peter Graham, a student in the Photographic Media Degree Programme who is making the first formal photographic record of the interior architectural detail of the Haworth Art Gallery. The Haworth Artists’ Network was represented by Clare Drew, who helped prepare the exhibition, along with members of the Friends of Haworth Art Gallery.

Students captured some 700 wonderfully creative images on mobile phones and compact cameras, from which the exhibition was curated. The resulting exhibition was prepared and mounted over the half term holiday and its snowy aftermath – in spite of the adverse weather conditions. The Friends of Haworth Art Gallery arranged the printing and students selected the photographs they wanted to showcase their chosen themes.

A chance to chat about the exhibit
Students discuss their works

This is the second photographic project Hollins students have undertaken in recent times at Haworth Art Gallery. The first project recorded the refurbishment of the Haworth Stable Block & Motorhouse. Both projects have met with great acclaim and have provided valuable photographic images for the gallery archives. In addition, the projects have afforded an excellent opportunity for students to familiarise themselves with the buildings and the works of the Haworth while also developing their experience and expertise in photographic arts. Gallery Coordinator Yvonne Robins has expressed interest in further involvement of Hollins students in future projects.

Haworth Through the Lens can be seen in the Haworth Education Room on the first floor of Haworth Art Gallery until April 29. As with all exhibits, admission is free.

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