Photography projects at each of the Picture the Poet venues encourage young people, working with local photographers, to respond to the themes and ideas of the exhibition.


Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, worked with over sixty A-Level students from Trinity School on a project exploring photography, portraits and self-identity in their work. The group visited the Picture the Poet exhibition and then took part in a 'masterclass' with photographer Madeleine Waller, whose work appears in the exhibition.

The group used the portraits on display along with artefacts from the Tullie House collection (chosen to reflect the theme of self-identity) to produce the photographs shown here. The students greatly enjoyed working with a professional photographer and using the objects to inspire their pieces.

Tullie House also worked with Year 10 students from William Howard School on a second project exploring photography, portraits and self-identity. The group visited the Picture the Poet exhibition and then took part in a 'masterclass' with photographer Colin Tennant.


First Year Photography students at the University of Sunderland made their own photographic projects in response to Picture the Poet at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. 

The students each selected one poem written by one of the poets featured in the exhibition. They then made their own creative reinterpretations of the poem, using photography to explore the imagery, language and ideas in the poetry. Some of the work they made can be seen in the collection presented here.


During summer holidays, 2015 eight young people aged 16 -17 years old from Southmoor Academy in Sunderland took part in a portrait photography project with Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens inspired by the Picture the Poet exhibition. The young people worked with documentary photographers Louise Taylor and Paul Alexander Knox to develop their practical photography skills and learn from the practice of professional photographers.

The group photographed eight northeast poets in selected locations around Sunderland. The results of their work can be seen below and in this publication.


The Collection, Lincoln ran a week long summer school for 16 – 17 year olds using the Picture the Poet exhibition at the Usher Gallery as a starting point. The aim was for the young people to explore art, ideas and making, in particular through looking at different approaches to making portraits in two separate groups focused on ‘Drawing & Portraiture’ and ‘Photography & Portraiture’. 

The 'Photography and Portraiture‘ group worked with staff at the School of Film and Media, University of Lincoln and photographer Andy Weekes.The two groups came together to negotiate the curating of a selection of the work in The Collection’s Courtyard Gallery.


The Harris Museum and Art Gallery ran a three-day collaboration with photographer Pete Millson and Preston’s College photography students.
 The students’ work is a series of individual photographic responses to the
 Picture the Poet exhibition.


Museums Sheffield held a five-day portrait photography master class for young people aged 14-19, working with renowned Sheffield-based photographer Chris Saunders. Sixteen young people from across the city used both Chris’s work and the portraits in the exhibition as inspiration for their own portrait photography, learning from Chris’s professional practice and developing their own practical photography skills.


In a collaboration between Writers' Centre Norwich and City College Norwich, second year students studying BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Photography were paired with ten local poets to create new photographic portraits inspired by Picture the Poet

A selection of the students’ portraits was included in the digital exhibition at The Forum, Norwich.

Watch a film about the project

View other young people’s projects here