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Here We Are – photographers focus lenses on Stroud


We Are Here, an organisation founded to help raise money for Stroud food banks, is staging a photographic exhibition at Stroud Subscription Rooms. 

“Our first activity is a collaborative photographic exhibition featuring a broad selection of Stroud’s established photographers as well as showcasing the skills of some up-and-coming talent,” said orgainser Tom Percival, a Stroud-based author and illustrator. 

All the photographers have donated their work to the exhibition free of charge, and all profits from the exhibition will go to helping support the Stroud food banks.

The launch night is at the Subscription Rooms on Tuesday, 14th November at 7.30pm and will feature live music from local musicians alongside introductions to the work and themes of the photographers taking part.

The exhibition offers beautiful and affordable photography with something for all tastes and runs daily from 10am – 4 pm until Saturday, 18th November. The exhibition is also open on the evening of the 18th for Stroud Shindig ticket holders. 

On the morning of Saturday 18th there are two free photographic workshops. A family-focused session at 9:30am encouraging parents and children to have creative fun with whatever camera they have to hand, and a more specialist session at 11am designed to help keen amateur photographers develop their technical skills and improve their photography.

“The theme of the exhibition is a love of all things Stroud. Celebrating the places, the people, the initiatives and communities that inspire us and made us choose this place as our home. Basically, it’s a collection of photographs that convey’s Stroud’s unique energy and spirit—whatever the individual’s interpretation of that energy and spirit may be,” added Tom.

“Long term, the aim is to develop Here We Are so we can put on larger scale events and exhibitions that will all feed in to our local community, encouraging everyone in the area to engage with art and creativity, of all forms, offering workshops and skill-development sessions, alongside exhibitions, multimedia experiences and gigs that will all be run as fund-raising activities to help support vulnerable groups in the area who might be struggling in some way.”

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