Thanks again to everyone who joined us today to celebrate the first public display of Our Place, Our Priorities. It was great to see Kane and Graham, as well as lots of SSC scholars and Andy’s friends and family.
GREAT NEWS! Andy has a new place to live from the first week of July. A new chapter begins…
It started with a simple plan. We would meet for two hours, once a week, and go for a walk. Whilst walking we would photograph anything that we found interesting, anything that made us stop and pay attention. The things that we photographed would then become the topic of our conversation (our priorities)… why do we want to photograph this?
After our walk, time permitting, we would process our photographs and pop to the minilab to print a selection. The plan was that we’d work towards creating a collection of 12 photographs that could be displayed around The Pathways Centre (our place), and possibly used for a calendar (and a portable display) to help raise awareness about Framework, and funds for future creative projects.
As you read the project’s blog posts, you’ll notice that the ‘we’ that constitute the project participants has not only included residents and staff from Framework and scholars from the Social Science Centre, Lincoln, but many of the people we have encountered whilst out walking, talking and photographing Lincoln. A good illustration of how the project has created new relationships between us and our City is how we met Paul the stone carver. Last year Andrew took a photograph of Moneybags, a grotesque that had recently appeared between the transepts on the south side of Lincoln Cathedral. David bumped into Paul on Steep Hill a few months later, and told him about Andrew’s photograph (David recognized Paul from a life-size photograph that had appeared on the boards surrounding the foot of the scaffolding tower at the West Front of the Cathedral). As a token, Our Place, Our Priorities gifted Paul a copy of the photograph, in turn, Paul is in the process of trying to organize a visit to the stonemason’s workshop for a taster workshop in stone carving…
It has been a privilege to be part of this project. I have learnt so much from the other participants.
David McAleavey | SSC Scholar
Shortly after moving into Framework accommodation in Gainsborough, I was introduced to a weekly activity at The Pathways Centre in Lincoln, meeting up every Thursday to take part in a two hour photography session run by the delightful and very informative David McAleavey.
The group would take the camera out and about the centre of Lincoln taking photos of any subject matter that perhaps may have held some personal interest or maybe just made a pleasing shot at that moment in time. We would then process any pictures we were happy to keep. This in time turned into a project, Our Place, Our Priorities, where we would intentionally take shots of certain Buildings, Events, Persons etc. that meant something to us, taking into account the places where we live, and the people and their actions in those places.
This project has definitely got me interested in photography as a hobby and has also opened my eyes even further with regards to my surroundings, which would often be ignored without the conscious act of ‘looking’ which is so central to ‘doing’ photography. This project is now at an end, myself and Dave have started our own new projects, and we meet up fortnightly to discuss our shots and findings along with a mug of tea and a general natter – as I now consider Dave as a great friend. I would like to thank Framework for providing me this activity as it has been a great experience for me.
Andrew Wingell | Our Place, Our Priorities | Photographer
Over the past year the Our Place, Our Priorities project has contributed towards the support of The Pathways Centre residents. The project has enabled residents to build their confidence and feel reconnected to their surroundings and the community they have become detached from. The project has raised the profile of the beautiful surroundings in which we live, whilst highlighting the unusual, the quirky, and the landmark sights of our city. The residents have been able to look at the community in a different light, and with a keen eye and a camera, capture that moment to share with us.
I am so proud of all the residents who have been involved with this project, as not only have they produced some beautiful and interesting artwork for The Pathways Centre, they have also applied their time to a meaningful project. The residents have achieved a great deal from working on this project and we have seen an improvement in communication, confidence, engagement, and a speedier move on process with those who have taken part in the sessions.
We have now been able to install the work that has been produced up on our walls, and have produced this exhibition to share with you the work that we’ve created. I am very thankful to David for what he has brought to our service, and hope this partnership can continue to grow and some future projects can arise for our service users.
Louise Kent | Service Manager | The Pathways Centre
Framework Housing Association
This morning Carol, Vernon, James, David and Andy met up at Lincoln Central Library to install OPOP. We collected the work from Dom at Snappy Snaps – thanks again for all of your support throughout the project guys – put up some deep blue backing paper, and then thoughtfully positioned our display prints (here’s Carol, Vernon and Andy making some curatorial decisions). I think the display is a credit to everyone who has been involved in the project.
The display runs daily (9am – 5pm) until Saturday, 14 June.
We’ve got the dates for our public exhibition – Monday, 2 June until Saturday, 14 June – and today we continued with our preparation… in Andy’s mum’s house! Andy, Vernon and David were joined by James Jarvill (one of David’s former students), who is recently back from India and keen to get involved. We’re planning a social event for the middle Saturday of the exhibition, but we’re waiting to hear back from the Eleanor at the library before we send out invitations. On Tuesday, 15 April Andy and David spent the day in Gainsborough, walking and talking. Andy is having a few problems with his benefits – whenever he finds a few days work, miscommunications between A4E and the DWP result in his benefits being suspended (Andy gets ‘sanctioned’) – A4E don’t seem quite so committed to improving people’s lives as their slogan proclaims.
It’s been a very busy time. Our loans request is now under consideration at Tate, and we’ve had preliminary meetings with Tom Dickins, Am Nuden Da, Fenja Ziegler and Joff & Ollie… more soon.
Tom Dickins invited me to contribute a short presentation about the SSC at this event. Tom is working on a project called Prosocial Place, which has a lot in common with the work being done by DS Wilson in Binghamton (USA), and Daniel Nettle in Newcastle (UK).
It was a very interesting day… more soon.
Yesterday, Vernon, Carol, Andy, David and Gary met up at the Angel Coffee House to discuss all of our ongoing projects. Vernon shared the work he’s been doing with the Word in Edgeways poetry group at Developmentplus; Carol shared her ongoing photographic exploration of the work of the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh; Andy shared his recent formal/abstract photographic experiments (see below); David shared his new photographic work on masonry; and Gary asked questions (well he is doing a PhD!)… a wonderful way to spend a beautiful spring morning!
Image: Andy Wingell
On Friday, 7 March, Andy, David and Karolina met up at KSA HQ. After a quick chat about the OPOP exhibition, Andy and David went out for a walk… we’ll be processing those images during our next IP session in April.
Today we decided that the Community Room (Lincoln Central Library) will be the venue for the first public display of the Our Place, Our Priorities work. Watch this space…
David and Andrew spent the day planning the exhibition, discussing their new project – Inflection Point (working title), and collecting the final display print from Dom and Dan (thanks again for all your support over the course of the project gents). Next session, Friday, 7 March, at our new location – Karaolides Szynalska Architects‘ Bailgate office.