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New Brighton: Major exhibition wants your photographs

A major photography exhibition is due to be held in the seaside town from July as part of the Imagine Wirral 2018 year of culture.

For the first time, the New Brighton images of renowned photographers Martin Parr, Tom Wood and Ken Grant will be exhibited together, and exhibited in the town itself. All three photographers have published books and exhibited these pictures taken during their times spent living and working in New Brighton.

Northern Narratives, the organisers of the show, are calling for local people to get involved by sharing their own photographs of living, working and visiting New Brighton.

If selected, your images would be part of a unique fresco exhibited in The Old Sailing School building alongside the work by the three photographers – and will be retained by the council as a photographic archive of the popular resort after the show.

If you are interested in being part of this there are a number of ways to share this work with the organisers over the coming weeks:

Email ONE digital image to:

Ken.grant@northernnarratives.org or tracy.marshall@northernnarratives.org with a short paragraph giving the story behind the photograph by Saturday 7th April.  Alternatively, if only hard copies of your photograph exist two afternoons have been arranged, where the organisers will scan your photograph for inclusion and instantly return it to you. These events will take place in The Floral Pavilion on: 

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th April (1pm - 4.30pm)

Northern Narratives and Wirral Council are also asking those who appeared in the famous pictures of New Brighton taken during the 1970s and 1980s to get in touch with your stories to the above email addresses.

Cllr Christine Spriggs, Wirral’s Cabinet member for delivering differently and culture, said: ‘We want to hear your story about what you were doing when you were photographed, what you thought and whether you ever imagined the image would become so famous. These stories, alongside photos taken by local people of the town will be used to add to the exciting exhibition.’

Ken Grant, one of the exhibiting artists stated “The photographs of New Brighton made famous in books like The Last Resort and Looking for Love and in many exhibitions and publications of our work since has created a series of identifiable people whose images are now widely recognised across the visual arts world. We would love if these people could interact with us and  add their stories to the pictures”

If you are interested in being part of this there are a number of ways to get in touch with the organisers over the coming weeks:

Email one digital image or your story of being photographed to: Ken.grant@northernnarratives.org or tracy.marshall@northernnarratives.org with a short paragraph giving the story behind the photograph by Saturday April 7.

Alternatively, if only hard copies of your photograph exist two afternoons have been arranged, where the organisers will scan your photograph for inclusion and instantly return it to you.

These events will take place in The Floral Pavilion on Friday April 6 and Saturday April 7 from 1pm-4.30pm.

To find out more about the exhibition or other events happening in Wirral across 2018, visit the Imagine Wirral website.