The National Portrait Gallery Comes to Nottingham
19 July to 31 August 2017
Creative Connections: Nottingham has enabled students from Farnborough Academy in Clifton, Nottingham to work with artist and photographer, Katherine Green, to create new responses to the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection and explore people and perceptions of identity, pride and place. The project aims to inspire young people, broaden and raise their aspirations, promote pride in their local neighbourhood and support the development of creative skills.
The students used these new skills to authentically capture the spirit of the people and places that make up their community. They visited key places and met local people in Clifton, including The Hope Centre, Lark Hill Retirement Village, Clifton Market and Central Park, finding out about the residents’ lives, backgrounds and histories. Their research informs their photography approach, using framing, lighting and technical camera skills, they have been capturing people’s interests and personalities, placing and signifying their role within their community.
As a finale to this project, the students’ work, alongside material from their research into Clifton history and images from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection will be exhibited at both Nottingham Contemporary and the National Portrait Gallery – giving students the opportunity to see their work on display at two major international art galleries. Students, their families, local people from Clifton and local and national partners will also be invited to both launch events; culminating in a celebration of community spirit of Clifton and our city.
Creative Connections: Nottingham
Exhibition open: Tue-Sun: 11am-3pm
Creative Connections is generously supported by the Palley Family.
Artist Katherine Green is a social documentary photographer based in London. Her work often focuses on the idea of community and what makes or bonds communities. Her previous works have explored social environments such as sporting clubs, laundrettes and the home. Green has exhibited work at Kettle’s Yard, the National Portrait Gallery and The Lowry.
Creative Connections, devised by the National Portrait Gallery, was launched in 2012. So far, the project has taken place over 4 London borough schools. This is the first time the project has moved to a national platform outside of London. The project is designed to inspire young people, raise aspiration and pride of their local neighbourhood and support their creative skills development.