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Outdoor exhibition completes the facade at the nationally renowned St Pauls Learning Centre

2 Mar 2021 8:28AM
The final part of the St Pauls Learning Centre renovation is now complete with a permanent display of 20 photographs taken during workshops by the Real Photography Company who run the community dark-rooms at the learning centre.

The black and white images taken on film were developed and printed in the darkrooms by individuals from a variety of local groups including: over 50s, refugees and individuals recovering from addiction.
The photographs cover the brief ‘My St Pauls’ and include images taken at St Pauls Carnival.

One of the Directors Ruth Jacobs said, ” "We are pleased to mount this exhibition celebrating the creative achievements of the participants of Community Photography Projects taking pace at St Pauls Darkrooms. As a large-scale outdoor photography exhibition it is accessible for all to enjoy, without restriction, even in this time of lockdown. We are working with Bristol Photography Festival to bring more photography outdoors in a series of workshops taking place this summer - look out for details!"
St Paul’s is an area of high unemployment and lack of investment so many of the activities will be offered free of charge, targeting local schools and community groups.

This permanent exhibition, as well as increasing the profile of the centre, enables local people to represent their community through traditional photographic skills.

The Real Photography Community Interest Company design photographic projects with local community groups and schools, promoting membership of the darkroom, as well as optical science education, the wonders of light, alongside professional development for teachers.

The darkrooms provide an alternative to the automation and screen based imagery of the digital world. A centre providing skills and resources for long term use and most importantly community cohesion.

The exhibition joins murals by local community artists Graft in partnership with the Architecture Centre, completed as part of the Greenway project which connects St Pauls Learning Centre , the Adventure Playground and Halston Drive Community Room in Bristol with a 'green route' to bring people together and promote healthy living.
2 Mar 2021 9:34AM
Thanks for this information. Hopefully when it is possible to move around a bit sounds to be well worth visiting.

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