‘Life in the UK’ is a photographic and poetic census of the nation, a collaboration between 15 different communities and two internationally acclaimed artists. The title is taken in part from a test that those who want UK citizenship have to pass in order to stay in this country.
Through out 2015, award-winning documentary photographer Jason Larkin and celebrated poet & spoken word artist Francesca Beard will be travelling to 15 locations in the UK, also locations of ‘Life in the UK’ government test centres, in order to meet community groups from those areas and find out what they have to say about where they live.
Working with Francesca Beard, an experienced workshop facilitator, the sessions will engage and support participants to articulate what matters to them about where they come from. The workshop aims to be empowering and fun as well as opening up poetry and photography to participants in an inclusive and hands-on way.
As a result of the workshop process, Francesca will curate a poem from work that the group has produced. The session will also result in a commission brief for Jason’s photograph for Lincolnshire.
At the end of this initial project, there will be a book, containing photographs and poems from the 15 UK locations visited, with the possibility, to be discussed with community leaders, of a celebratory event with readings and an exhibition of the photograph(s).
The pair are now seeking an existing community group based in Lincolnshire, ideally with +10 participants, and for at least 1-1.5 hours. To find out more about the project or to get involved please contact Jason on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07973 613146