Charity photographing Gloucester, street by street
By David Wood
The only charity dedicated to promoting women in photography is looking to capture images of Gloucester, street by street - and they need your help to do it!
Hundred Heroines which has just moved its headquarters to Gloucester, is inviting residents to capture the hidden narrative of the city through photography.
Dubbed Glostorama!, a title which references the 'spectacle' of a panoramic view, the project presents an opportunity for all Gloucester residents to share personal photographs which convey their experience of the locality.
Over the project's lifespan, images will be collected depicting all 2,000+ of Gloucester's streets.
As the photographic mosaic begins to take shape, the images will be compiled into a 'living archive', which will be accessible online around the globe.
Hundred Heroines is also looking to develop partnerships with businesses and the community.
Del Barrett, Hundred Heroines founder and chair, said: "I'm so excited about Glostorama! and can't wait to see the results. Every street has a story to tell, and we're looking forward to hearing these stories and meeting the people behind them.
"Our aim is to work with like-minded partners and residents to produce exhibitions and resources that encourage audiences to explore the contribution of inspirational, pioneering and significant women in photography - past, present and future.
"We want the talent, perspectives and contributions of the world's leading female photographers to be accessible to everyone."
Haley Drolet, researcher for Hundred Heroines, said:"We are the UK's only charity dedicated to promoting women in photography and we are taking it to the streets of Gloucester. Our HQ is now there so we want to promote the city.
"Glostorama! is a project where we go around the streets of Gloucester taking photographs and documenting what Gloucester is like in the 2020s.
"We are looking for anyone who might be interested in the history of photography or the history of Gloucester to come and join us on our photo walks. Although we promote women in photography, we welcome anybody to come and join us. We want a range of photographs showing the modern cityscape but also showing the architectural features."
While people are welcome to get involved individually, Hundred Heroines is hoping the project will foster a creative community. A 'meet-up' group will be co-ordinated to facilitate shared photo-walks, enabling participants to connect with others while staying active in a supportive environment.
Alongside the initiative itself, which will culminate in an outdoor exhibition as well as a virtual archive, a series of online talks and workshops from industry professionals -- including several of the photographic heroines -- will illuminate the context of Glostorama! and provide an insight into inspiring work by some of the leading women in photography.
With the project running well into 2022, participants will have plenty of scope to take to the streets and re-frame the familiar. Those wishing to take part can submit their photographs to Hundred Heroines using the hashtag #Glostorama! on Instagram and keep up with photo challenges via the Hundred Heroines website.
Through innovative exhibitions and events, Hundred Heroines showcases the invaluable contribution women make - and have made - to the visual arts and to society, while building a living archive that aims to increase public appreciation of their pioneering work and transformational humanitarian impact.
Achieving independent charitable status in 2020, the charity has necessarily only been working online, but from 2022 will have a dedicated space in Gloucester for women in photography.
As well as building a living archive and public display of Gloucester images, Hundred Heroines aims to achieve an exhibition series that will bring to the public's attention the breadth and quality of female photographers working across the globe, and showcase their important contribution to addressing complex social issues, such as climate change, identity and migration.
Hundred Heroines is looking for partners to get involved with all aspects of the programme from encouraging employees to join Glostorama! to supporting the exhibition series.
Sunday 21st November, 10am. Meet in front of the Mariners Church at the Docks.
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