Katherine Green is working in collaboration with GCSE Photography students from Farnborough Academy, Clifton, Nottingham.

They have been exploring people in the Collection with links to Nottingham including Jesse Boot, William Booth, Becky Downie, Carl Froch, Laura Knight, D.H Lawrence, Ada Lovelace, Samantha Morton, Alan Sillitoe and Paul Smith. Responding to the portraits they have been exploring identity and representation in relation to their own neighbourhood of Clifton in Nottingham. An exhibition of their work will be at Nottingham Contemporary 19 July – 31 August 2017 and at the National Portrait Gallery from 4 October 2017.

Katherine Green is a social documentary photographer based in London.

Her work often focuses on the idea of community and what makes or bonds communities. She works in photography and oral history and often uses archive material in her work. Katherine studied postgraduate photography at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London and Fine Art at Surrey Institute of Art & Design. Katherine is commissioned by galleries or works on personal projects which often culminate in an exhibition.

She recently completed a project for Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and her work was included as part of National Portrait Gallery’s Road to 2012 project as well as a major commission for The Lowry, Salford. She’s currently working in collaboration with artist Lucy Harrison, called WE: The Ex-Warner Estate in Waltham Forest.

Her work has been published in the Sunday TimesThe GuardianThe Independent and Time Out and she has had solo shows in London, Luton, Rugby, Scunthorpe and Wolverhampton. She has self-published two books, Wood Street, E17 and Last Days at the Dogs and her work is included in the National Portrait Gallery’s Road to 2012 publication.

Julianne England
Head of Expressive Arts and Art & Design
The Farnborough Academy, Clifton, Nottingham

The Farnborough Academy art department has been extremely fortunate to work collaboratively with Nottingham Contemporary for several years, developing exciting projects and outcomes for students at the academy, whilst forming connections with arts professionals.  As part of the Trent Academies Group, Farnborough Academy in Clifton, Nottingham is committed to regional work to prepare young people for the world of work through vocational experiences and connections with the wider community.

Being the partner school for Creative Connections: Nottingham has been a fantastic opportunity for 20 Art and Design GCSE students to visit internationally renowned galleries, view a wide collection of art in context, be introduced to vocations within the art industry and work with the photographer Katherine Green.

Creative Connections: Nottingham commenced in February 2017 with a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, where students were given a tailored guided tour of portraits of inspirational people with connections to Nottingham such as Dame Laura Night, D. H Lawrence and Jesse Boot.  They were also given the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes to view photographic work in the archives. The students participated in a lighting and photography workshop with Katherine and came away with a wealth of ideas to develop their own Photographic Portraits and excitement to begin their project.

Back in Nottingham, the Art department and students have been working closely with Katherine and Nottingham Contemporary on a community-based project to exploreanddocumentthesocialhistoryofClifton, whilst positivelycapturingthecommunity, people, placesthroughphotographyandinterviews. By working collaboratively with the artist, as a school we have gained confidence in making stronger community links, whilst working with organisations such the Hope Church, Clifton Food Bank, Lark Hill Retirement Village and local businesses. Thank you to all of those that have taken part in capturing positive stories and histories of the local area. This has given students the valuable opportunity to hear different voices and stories about their local community as well different values and beliefs about opportunities in the area.

As a final outcome of the project, two exhibitions will bring together the students and artist’s new work alongside portraits from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection and documentary material about Clifton and its people. Students are continuing to take part in the development of this through regular discussions and are developing their own photographic books about their personal experiences of living in the Clifton community. We hope that this project will be a platform to continue to develop positive local and wider community links that celebrate successes of the local community and provide future opportunities for young people in Clifton. We extend a warm welcome to all from the community to the exhibition at the Nottingham Contemporary in the summer and at the National Portrait Gallery this autumn.

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