I’ve got a fantastic opportunity for any of you interested in art/photography!
The Eye to Eye Photography Group based in Birmingham has been granted £8,000 from the National Lottery to fund a project including 10-12 women each from L:Bow Room and the Sandwell LGBT Group. The project is called ‘Still Lives’ and is aimed at queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans women with an interest in, but little experience of, photography. It will introduce participants to photography through a series of workshops and one-to-one support.
They will be purchasing SLR cameras, a projector and disposable cameras, so people don’t need to have access to their own equipment in order to take part. The project will include an introductory workshop in mid-July to bring participants together in an informal, welcoming setting to forge links between the different communities and individuals, and outline the nature of the project.
Following on from this, there will be three sets of three workshops in late July, August and September with one of each taking place in Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Birmingham, and each lasting 3-4 hours. The workshops would be to discuss current and relevant community issues, share common experiences, and introduce participants to documentary photography and ways to approach a theme/brief. Participants will be inspired by the workshops to go out between sessions to work on their own ideas and to carry out their own research with voluntary support available from more experienced members of Eye to Eye if needed.
Following the workshops, the work produced will be exhibited across three locations; The Public in West Bromwich, The Lighthouse Media Centre in Wolverhampton, and BVSC’s Arts for Change Gallery in Birmingham. These will take place in November 2011 as part of the SHOUT Festival (and by extension, the Wolverhampton LGBT Health & Wellbeing Show), to bring stimulating and challenging work to locations where there is currently a lack of representation of women’s issues or creativity.
I think this is a great sounding project, and a fab opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people, and I for one am signing up! If you’re interested, email Eye to Eye at: email@example.com