For the 3rd year running, the Work & Learning Team have partnered with Accumulate offering a photography course to those affected by homelessness.
Running for 12 weeks from January to April, the course has grown exponentially and is making a real difference to our customer’s lives.
This year, customers were particularly passionate about photography and their dedication has been exceptional.
As in previous years, the customers’ work will be displayed at The Guardian newspaper headquarters. This is a bespoke exhibition (named ‘Displacement) and will continue to run until June. Customers’ work will also be on sale to the public.
Over the course of the program, customers were invited to many places of interest around London. This has included art galleries, exhibitions and studios; all of which have contributed to the development of learning a wide range of photographic styles and techniques.
Areas and venues included:
› The Barbican Centre
› Somerset House
› Shoreditch (Street photography)
› Dalston (Portrait photography)
› Victoria & Albert Museum
› Peckham Levels
› London Fashion Week
Seeing the customers’ confidence and talent develop over the project has been incredible. From going from little to no knowledge, they have produced some truly beautiful work.
Come to the exhibition at The Guardian in King’s Cross from the 18th of May until 15th of June (10am – 6pm). The participants’ work will be displayed and available for sale to the general public with 40% of the sale price going directly to the photographer and the remaining amount contributing to the running costs of this fantastic project.
Finally, Design scholarships for Ravensbourne College are available for 2 lucky participants. Last year, a customer from the Fitze, Luke Smith was successful and is currently a student on the course.
We have one customer that has applied this year, Patricia Webster. Patricia was unsure of whether to apply or not due to her age. However, she is a real talent and was persuaded to go for it buy Evolve staff and the course tutor. Art knows no age limit and Patricia recently went for an interview at the college.
Not only did the customers learn about photography, but there has been a real sense of comradery this year. Being able to travel all over London every week is no mean feat and the customers’ dedication has been phenomenal.
Customers that fully completed the course this year are:
› Michael Kay, Bromley
› Olive Douglas, Alexandra House
› Taylor Rickard, Ingram Court
› Kevin Harriot, Alexandra House
Off the back of the success of this course, a 3-day ceramics course was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum. This was also extremely popular with customers.