Two Jamaican photographers have packed their cameras and travelled over
four thousand miles to inspire and be inspired, as part of a unique art exchange
project in the East Midlands.
The Liquid Light project links the East Midlands with Jamaica
through a shared interest in the arts. It is part of the national Spirit of Friendship
Festival, linked to this years Commonwealth Games and Golden Jubilee. The visit
also coincides with the celebration of forty years of Jamaican Independence.
Brown (28) and Andrew Smith (33), both from Kingston, will spend six weeks in
the region. They will tour each county and share their skills through a series
of photography workshops and artist talks. Two artists from the East Midlands,
Zoe Childerly and Michael Forbes, will work alongside the Jamaican photographers,
having been chosen to visit Jamaica in the autumn.
In Corby, Northamptonshire,
they will spend two days with a class at Studfall Junior School. The group of
year 5 children will use digital cameras to photograph Kirby Hall and Rockingham
racetrack, to show the diversity of their county.
In Leicester, a group
of young people from the African Caribbean Centre will work with Arlene and Andrew
at Picture House Centre for Photography. They will try to communicate the importance
of friendship through photographs and the results will be displayed on t-shirts.
they are not busy running workshops or talking to the region's photographers,
Arlene and Andrew will find time to create their own new work. They have been
set the challenge of using photography to capture the essence of the region, from
the rural charms of Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, through to the wilds of
Derbyshire and the diverse urban cultures of our major cities.
Andrew are particularly keen to photograph the Leicester Caribbean Carnival, which
happily coincides with their visit. Picture House have been the official carnival
photographers for the past decade and will be launching a special exhibition to
welcome their Jamaican guests. The images, music and costumes celebrating 10 years
of the popular city event will undoubtedly inspire Arlene and Andrew. The exhibition
begins on Monday 29 July and runs for six weeks.
The Liquid Light project
is supported by the Spirit of Friendship Festival, East Midlands Arts, Visiting
Arts, the British Council in the Caribbean, the Institute of Jamaica and Jessops.
Dates Host/Group Location
2, 3, 4, 6 July Junction Arts/Bolsover
Festival. Creswell and Bolsover Castle, Derby
8, 9 July Corby Community Arts/Studfall
Junior School. Corby, Northants
16, 17 July New Perspectives/Dukeries Complex
and Maun Infant School. Ollerton, Notts
23, 24 July North Kesteven District
Council/Sleaford Youth Club. Sleaford, Lincs
30, 3 July, 1 Aug Picture House
Centre for Photography/African Caribbean Centre and Headway. Leicester
8 Aug Charnwood Arts. Loughborough, Leics.
Full artist talks schedule:
9 July, 7.30pm The Willows Complex George Street, Corby
July, 12.00pm The Old Library Leeming Street, Mansfield
25 July, 7.00pm Lincolnshire
Photo Forum 5 Silver Street, Lincoln
2 August, 7.30pm Picture House 125 Granby
9 August, 7.30pm Q Studios Arboretum Square, Derby