In early summer 2010 Wellcome Collection and Hidden Cities approached a number of youth and community groups within the Bloomsbury area to come up with project ideas that would engage young people for the Bloomsbury Festival 2010. They wanted to make a creative contribution to the festival and at the same time introduce them to Wellcome Collection.
Y Touring Theatre Company and One KX, two operations of Central YMCA, developed the Beautiful Photography project in response to this approach.
Beautiful is an exploration of the subject of body image and body confidence. Using the medium of photography, 15 young people will produce a large-scale outdoor photography exhibition at the Bloomsbury Festival, the centrepiece of which will be a large photographic mosaic housed at Wellcome Collection.
As part of their journey, the 15 young photographers will learn about the art of digital photography, interview techniques and the skill involved in putting an exhibition together. Part of this process will involve working with other young people: interviewing and photographing them, capturing their thoughts, feelings, fantasies and fears about their body image.
Our young photographers group are looking for volunteer models – real people of every age, shape, size and background – to take part in a photo shoot at Wellcome Collection on 2 October. Join us to take part in several interactive workshops activities and let our budding snappers take a beautiful picture of a beautiful you.
To book a slot to be a volunteer model on the 2 October, please email Steve Byrne or call on 020 7520 3096. Group and individual bookings are welcome, though places are limited so do hurry and book now.
For more information on the project, take a look at the project blog.