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1 August – 1 October

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Pavilion Gardens
East Sussex

Opening Times
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays 10am-5pm)

Free with Brighton Museum admission


Brighton & Hove Museums and Photoworks are proud to present an exhibition of new artwork by young people taking part in Photography Club.

The group have been investigating ‘spirit of place’ and themes of landscape, place and time with Sussex-based photographer Rachel Poulton. From this, they have been inspired to create new photographs exploring the topography of Brighton & Hove past and present.

Photography Club is an initiative enabling young people to meet regularly, develop their camera skills alongside a professional photographer, produce photography and gain an Arts Award qualification.

Working with Poulton, the young people began by delving into the museum’s vast photography archive with its historical images of our seaside town, then going out together to photograph Brighton’s seafront as they see it now.

The artist-led workshops focused on introducing new techniques and creative strategies that have resulted in a striking series of images that represent each participant’s unique view of their much loved and photographed seaside town.

Brighton is one of the most iconic coastal resorts but for the young members of Brighton Photography Club it is simply home. Through exploration of both archival images and contemporary photographs, the young people started to see Brighton from a fresh perspective.

The group’s activities included a behind the scenes peek into the museum’s stores, and curator tours of two museum exhibitions World Above the Waves: Brighton’s Chain Pier and Roger Bamber: Out of the Ordinary.

Comparing past and present, they noticed changes in the landscape and spotted sites that have remained the same. Familiar landmarks became more significant and so, with cameras in their hands and newly acquired photographic skills, each young person set out to capture Brighton’s distinctive ‘spirit of place’.

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