Wednesday, 7 September 2011


This is the title of an exhibition currently showing at The Gardens Gallery, here in Cheltenham. Four award winners at the Open West show earlier this year are exhibiting work accomplished since then, the most interesting to me being Ellen Nolan’s photographic project, Safety in Numbers. This she calls "an observation on the dynamics and identities of a group of Cheltenham school children within the context of a modern school." It was developed as a result of a short but intensive collaboration with Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre.

Here is Ellen at the exhibition's opening - Caroline and I biked down there this evening - talking with some of the students who posed for her impressive photographs. It was good to attend a Private View where the average ago of those present was about half my own.

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