"WHAT MAKES OUR TOWN, OUR TOWN"
A Photographic project
at The Bluehouse Darkroom, Kent.
in association with 16Plus Canterbury and Swale
Exhibition Kent County Council City Hall August 5th - 26th 2006.
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Art Organisation (TAO)
Though participation includes
learning the basic understanding and use of an SLR camera, and the taking
of photographs, we ask 8 persons involved to consider a concept to their
The group will be asked to
discuss and agree on the concept and follow the theme throughout the
The emphasis of this project in the darkroom and workshop (in relation to the previous) is for the young persons to consider the quality of their work (rather than the quantity); presentation is important if the theme of the work is to be reflected on seriously and the concept relayed to the audience.
It is expected the project will continue for a minimum of 15 taught sessions liaising with the group to agree when suitable for the individuals involved, over a period from February to May 2006.
It has been agreed with Kent County Council Youth and Community that the young persons involved will include this project as the 'skills section' in their efforts to attain their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.
Kent County Council Youth and Community
Canterbury City Council Arts Department
supported by Fotospeed
Duke of Edinburgh registration £100.00
Week one : the concept
The group have a chance to meet with each other, discuss the idea of the project and the schedule. They are asked to debate and agree a concept to the project and the theme behind the taking of the photographs. Finally the group are introduced to the space they will exhibit and the necessary requirements for the project to be fulfilled.
Local media is informed.
The group are introduced (at a site relevant to the concept) to the SLR camera and film, and are individually taken through the process of taking a photograph.
Week three and four : the darkroom / processing the film
The group are split in two and (following a health and safety lecture) are shown the process of developing a film and creating a contact print of their images.
Week five and six : the enlargement
The two groups are taken through the technique of enlarging their images and are allowed the opportunity to print several of their images as a means to selecting images worthy of exhibition relevant to the concept.
Week seven and eight : the enlargement
The two groups further their exploration of enlarging techniques working hand in hand with the tutor and making full use of equipment available.
Publicity material is designed and printed. Local media is informed.
Week nine and ten : finishing
The two groups finish their exhibition print and consider toning and finishing to their image, spot-touching and trimming.
Invitations are designed
Week eleven and twelve : frame making
The two groups are asked to hand-make the frame for their image and are taught the process of routing the wood, cutting at angles, gluing and tacking, dying and waxing.
Invitations are sent out.
Week thirteen and fourteen : glass cutting and mounting
Finally the two groups trim mount board for their image and cut glass to fit the frame before putting it all together.
Publicity material goes out. Local media is informed.
Week fifteen : hanging and exhibit
The group meet at the gallery to hang their artwork and prepare for the opening
THE OPENING : Exhibition
Kent County Council City Hall August 5th - 26th 2006.