© Khatun, Untitled, from upcoming project Age, March 2021

Today Photoworks is pleased to reveal the final two artists chosen for photographic residencies in Leicester and Tower Hamlets as part of Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme.

The residencies are for Picturing England’s High Streets, which is a three-year project as part of the national cultural programme for High Street Heritage Action Zones. The photographers will use a ‘socially-engaged’ approach, working alongside local communities, to create a contemporary portrait of England’s high streets between now and 2024. Starting immediately, the two photographers-in-residence will work with local communities to reimagine the high street, producing images which will become part of the Historic England Archive.

To host each residency, Photoworks and Historic England have partnered with photography organisations across England, including QUAD/FORMAT, Photofusion and local partners.

Users of the high streets and the community are at the heart of Picturing England’s High Streets, and each selected photographer has a link to the local high street area.


Khatun, Leicester

QUAD/FORMAT are delighted to be supporting Khatun, an emerging artist who is originally from Leicester. During the two year residency Khatun will work with leading cultural partners in the city, alongside diverse individuals and communities in the Leicester HAZ area of Church Gate and Granby Street. Khatun’s work explores the modernity of Britain’s identity and past notions of heritage and heritage sites.

Rehan Jamil, Tower Hamlets

Photofusion are happy to support local artist Rehan Jamil in his residency taking place at Tower Hamlets.  Rehan’s passion and enthusiasm for documenting and working with his community shows in his dedicated practice.

The two photographers will also benefit from mentoring support delivered by Impressions Gallery, PARC (Photography and the Archive Research Centre), Redeye The Photography Network, ReFramed and The Photographers’ Gallery. Khatun and Rehan Jamil join the four artists announced earlier this year who are also part of Picturing England’s High Streets; Tim Mills, Coventry, Natalie Willatt,  Stoke, Suzanne St Clare, Chester, Tony Mallon, Prescot.



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