Photo Gloucester #PhoGlo takes place from 26th – 29th August at The Eastgate, 22 Eastgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1PA and Jolt Studios, 27 St Aldate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1RP.
This summer, Hundred Heroines & Friends will be taking over the top floor of the Eastgate Shopping Centre and other venues in the city for a photography extravaganza. Visitors can expect a packed weekend of exhibitions, talks, screenings, and activities, with plenty of opportunities to get involved.
The line-up will include the interactive portraiture series Skin Deep by Ecuadorian artist Paola Paredes, which represents the dualities lived by LGBT+ people in Ecuador; Laxmi by Indian photographer Anita Khemka, which follows the story of the eponymous hijra rights activist; and the multimedia experience Astro 2030 by Mexican artist Mónica Alcázar Duarte, which propels audiences into an imaginative, cosmic future.
Alongside these internationally renowned artists, local photography collective Glossy will be hosting an ever-changing exhibition on the theme of ‘what it means to be a woman’, and graduates of the Hundred Heroines 2022 ‘Bootcamp’ programme will be showcasing their work on Photography & Protest.
A cohort of inspiring guest speakers will illuminate the festival programme. Talks include a keynote address from internationally acclaimed US experimental photographer Ellen Carey, a glance through ‘Quirky Vision’ from sassy US street photographer Meryl Meisler, and alternative recreations of popular fiction from Nigerian photographer Jenevieve Aken.
Del Barrett, Chair of Hundred Heroines: “We’re beyond excited to know that so much outstanding work created by women is going to be seen by a wider audience and hope that Photo Gloucester will become an annual fixture in the city’s cultural calendar. The whole festival is participatory so anyone can come along and unleash their creative selves! We have a big blank creative canvas just waiting to be filled with art.”
The festival also offers visitors a chance to explore Hundred Heroines’ growing permanent collection – a rich and unusual array of objects which provide a unique way to learn more about the work of outstanding women artists. The diverse range of artefacts, both humble and profound, recount the history of some of today’s most significant artworks.
Highlights include portraits by Madame Yevonde (1893 – 1975, UK), showing her natural flair for avant-garde techniques, as well as ephemera relating to Gloucester’s best-known photographer, Dorothy Wilding (1893 – 1976).
Adam Jay Coleman, Chief Executive of Gloucester Cultural Trust, commented: “By bringing world-class art to Gloucester and giving residents an opportunity to showcase their own creativity, Photo Gloucester demonstrates the potential of what could happen if we put arts and culture at the heart of the city’s future. With the decline of traditional high-street retail, we need new reasons to visit the city centre, and what better way than to harness the creativity of Gloucester residents and transform otherwise empty properties? Imagine a city full of spaces in which residents and visitors came together to express their creativity?! It would unite communities, encourage investment and accelerate economic growth. It is possible, but not without the city’s leadership establishing a robust plan that attracts cultural investment, makes best use of property and attracts diverse talent.”
Programme details are on the charity’s website, hundredheroines.org.
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August: 10:00 – 20:00
Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August: 10:30 – 16:30
All events and activities are free, with a ‘pay as you feel’ option.