Our annual charity photography exhibition is always a highlight of the College calendar and this year its reach is bigger than ever, with first year students from Bradford School of Arts & Media’s BA (Hons) Photography programme producing a multi-venue show aiming to support two local charities: Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Haematology Unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Lecturer Jo Booth explained, “We decided on a multi-site exhibition this year to get more exposure. It is hoped that different venues will allow us to reach different audiences and receive more print sales in aid of the charities. The concept for Visions reflects the Positive Bradford campaign and aims to show what is positive about the Bradford district. Rather than making the brief too prescriptive, it was deliberately wide, enabling students to be creative and encouraging a diversity of work, although it needed to have a wide appeal.”
The collection of images selected for inclusion in the show discloses a variety of approaches, great talent and a deep affection for Bradford. For instance, Jonathan Tattersall uses rooftops and derelict mills as a vantage point to reveal the hidden grace of the city. He said “I am interested in urban decay and cityscapes with views people never normally access. I like taking things that people consider as eyesores and making them beautiful by showing their colours, textures and reflections. I am currently working on a series of abandoned buildings.”
Deon Ferris has taken local sunsets and woodland scenes. She was so captivated by the colours she had seen on a College trip to Judy Woods in Wyke for an assignment to shoot black and white film that she returned with her digital camera to capture what she had seen. “The colours were really lovely and had an amazing intensity that was quite magical. I normally prefer portraiture but this project has made look at the local landscape and really appreciate it.”
You can see Visions at Lister Mills and City Hall from 1st to 31st March, Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm. Revenue from prints sold at Lister Mills will be donated to the Haematology Unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary, while prints sales at City Hall will support the Lord Mayor’s Appeal charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Valerie Slater, will formally open the City Hall exhibition at 7pm on 8th March, when charity coffers will also be swelled by an auction and a raffle of prizes kindly donated by local businesses.
Supporting for the local Haematology Unit is in memory of the father of one of our students. Read Grace's moving story.
Mass produced art prints cost considerably more on the high street and don’t offer the feelgood factor of encouraging local photography talent, supporting local charities and spreading the word about what a wonderful place Bradford is. We are indebted to Pro-Am Imaging for their generous sponsorship of printing, enabling more money to go directly to these good causes.
Purchasing a print in aid of these deserving charities is simple, even if you cannot make one of the exhibitions. Just view the photographs online and email and email email@example.com to place an order. These orders will support both charities.