Exeter based artist Brendan Barry from Positive Light Projects will be working with Cowick Roots and Recreation to produce a large-scale piece of photographic art to cover the walls of Cowick Barton Playing Fields changing room. Throughout this socially engaged collaborative project a group of participants from St Thomas will, through a preliminary series of participatory workshops and activities, explore a range of cameraless photographic approaches and techniques. Experimental images will be created in various ways using photographic chemicals, silver gelatin photographic paper, materials from the local natural environment and light. Chance, chaos and randomness will initially be at play but after time an element of control will be applied to each process leading to complex, engaging, exciting and completely unique results. One of the processes will then be chosen and utilised in more depth to produce a series of giant prints that will be mounted on the walls of the changing rooms and displayed as part of Festival of St Thomas Stories.
Positive Light Projects is a not for profit organisation using the visual arts to engage and inspire a diverse range of audiences and communities as well as developing emerging practitioners and aiding them move their practice forward in exciting and innovative ways. They have a focus on and strong belief in community based, socially engaged creative practice.
This project is a commission supported by HLF.