The Ways of Living archive will be exhibited as part of LOOK PHOTO BIENNIAL 2022

2022-11-25 – Updates

Ways of Living, Archive, Exhibition

Then There Was Us

Opening in the Horrocks Gallery in Leigh Spinners Mill will be an exhibition of photography from the Then There Was Us Ways of Living archive and photography from Wigan & Leigh College Students. A preview of this exhibition will also be on display in the windows of the Castlefield New Art Spaces: Wigan.

With the warming world impacting every corner of the globe, a sea-change, or dramatic transformation, is necessary in our attitudes to nature and our place within it. One of the challenges of the changing climate is its scale and complexity, which requires us to connect our individual lived experiences with events unfolding in distant parts of the world. Photography brings us closer, allowing us to see the effects of a warming world as well as the actions of people taking steps to help us avoid and adapt to its effects.

The photographic projects in See Change, made by artists working in northern Britain and abroad, emphasises this interconnectedness of climate-based issues. The exhibition shifts the focus from the apocalyptic imagery that makes up much of the media coverage of the issue, instead directing our gaze towards the quieter stories of people and communities adapting to and anticipating a changing world. 

The photographic archive was established by Then There Was Us and Open Eye Gallery and was originally produced as an online platform. The archive addressed the urgent issue of climate change and the many ways in which people are adapting to a rapidly changing world. 

Artists exhibiting in the See Change exhibition include: 

Simon Bray, Katie McCraw, Joshua Turner, Gabriel Fernandez, Edwin Huddleston, Charlotte Dobson.

Artists from Wigan & Leigh College with work in the exhibition include: 

Milly Gallagher, Leah Farrimond, Phoebe Burns, Hannah Bate, Alice Balkwill, James Mclelland, Hollie Warhust.

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