Residents are invited to visit a touring photography exhibition created by secondary school pupils.
Medway Libraries received £17,000 funding from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project to run photography workshops for local secondary school pupils in partnership with the University of Kent and Medway Archives.
PHD photography and social arts students have been teaching local pupils aged between 11 and 14 basic photography skills during a six-week course at Gillingham and Strood libraries. The workshops have helped the pupils improve their photography skills.
The project is themed around Medway and the pupils had the opportunity to learn more about the area’s history during a special session held at Medway Archives Centre. They looked at the then and now illustration collections and online resources which capture the past and present.
A public exhibition of the young people’s work will be held:
- Between Saturday, 14 December and Saturday, 11 January at Gillingham Library
- Between Thursday, 16 January and Wednesday, 19 February at Medway Archives Centre
- Between Saturday, 22 February and Saturday, 21 March at University of Kent
- Between Saturday, 28 March and Saturday, 25 April at Strood Library
Helping young people improve their photography skills
Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I am pleased we were able to offer young people the chance to improve their photography skills and I would like to thank Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project for the funding which enabled us to deliver this project. Medway has a rich military history and it is great that young aspiring photographers were able to take inspiration from previous illustrations at Medway Archives Centre. I would encourage residents to visit the exhibition as it tours Medway.”
Picture Medway is just one of many arts projects and events taking place across Medway, contributing to Medway’s strong case to bid for City of Culture 2025.