Saturday 29 October 2011

The Cowley Portrait

As a resident artist at the Ark T Centre in Cowley, Oxford I have been involved in the I Cowley project. The aim of the project was to reclaim a sense of community and identity for Cowley and to showcase its history. Other partners in the project were the Museum of Oxford, the Records Office, the Family History Society; it was managed by Fusion Arts and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

I wanted to create a community portrait made up of a series of photographed portraits of individuals. I asked people to bring an object dear to them to be photographed with and to describe it's relevance to them. This combination of object, sitter and their thoughts on that object helps to give more depth to the individual portrait, and so to the group portrait as a whole.

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