FORMAT News: Opportunity for photography residency
Gallowtree Gate and Halford Street, Leicester: dated 1885 from Historic England Archive
FORMAT and QUAD in association with Historic England and Photoworks are delighted to offer this unique opportunity to work on the long term project, Picturing England’s High Streets, photographing the high streets of Leicester.
This Open Call is for the photographer-in-residence programme focused on the Leicester High Streets Heritage Action Zones and is part of the Picturing England’s High Streets initiative commissioning six photographer-in-residence programmes based in six high street locations across England.
Supported by FORMAT and QUAD this two year Leicester based residency offers the successful applicant the chance to work with the local communities in Leicester, to reimagine the high street and produce a body of work which will become part of the Historic England archive.
The residency will be developed by QUAD/FORMAT in collaboration with the Leicester High Streets Heritage Action Zone team and a range of local partners in the context of a wider programme of the High Street Heritage Action Zone activities.
The residency will respond to and engage in the context of the High Streets Heritage Action Zone areas in Leicester and needs to be conscious of the aims of the HSHAZ team.
Left: Silver Arcade, Silver Street Leicester: dated 1901 Historic England Archive
Right: Former Victoria Coffee House, 38 & 40 Granby Street, Leicester: dated 2006, Historic England Archive
We are looking for a photographer, duo or collective, who has an interest in Leicester High Streets Heritage Action Zones and whose practice embraces the opportunity to collaborate with individuals and the local community. We would welcome applications from photographers with a strong desire to work in a socially engaged way, with a connection to Leicester or Leicestershire – although this is not essential.
To find out more about the project, the organisations working on the programme and how to apply for the residency please visit the FORMAT website via the link below.
Deadline: Midnight, BST – 29th August 2021
Humberstone Gate, Leicester, showing the Midland Railway Company office on the south side and the shops at the north end of Gallowtree Gate: dated 1907, Historic England Archive
The project starts with a simple provocation: ‘Your high street: Investigate before, picture now and imagine the future……’