Sixteen Years Old — Past and Present

Sixteen Years Old — Past and Present

Share your memories of what it is/was like to be sixteen years old.

For 3 days artist Emily Bryant will be hosting workshops at The Atkinson Library, inviting you to share memories about what it means to be sixteen years old.

The workshops invite anyone around the age of sixteen to partake in a workshop session with a relative/peer of an older generation. For example, a teenager and their parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or family friend, etc!

All participants are asked to bring along a photograph or object containing a memory of being sixteen, which will aid conversation between the two generations.

The project will create photographic and audio artwork that explores the similarities and differences of sixteen year olds across the generations. Work produced in these workshops will be exhibited later in the year on Open Eye Gallery’s Digital Window Gallery.

Event times
Wed 21 August, 10:30am – 4pm
Fri 23 August, 10:30am – 4pm
Sat 24 August, 10:30am – 4pm

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This project is in partnership with the University of Salford and is in response to Craig Easton’s project SIXTEEN, which asks ‘what’s it like to be sixteen years old now?’. Craig Easton invited leading photographers to join him and collaborate with more than one hundred and seventy young people across the UK to explore the hopes, dreams, ambitions and fears of sixteen year olds from different walks of life. In keeping with their 2019 policy of showcasing the work of female photographers, Open Eye Gallery has selected work by four of the female photographers in the group: Linda Brownlee, Lottie Davis, Jillian Edelstein and Kate Peters. Using photography, writing, and social media these portraits, and the wider SIXTEEN portfolio, give prominence to voices rarely heard.

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Posted on 24 July 2019 under General news

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