Don't Judge a Book by its Cover is an exhibition by Arts Connect Young People’s Photography Club on display at Baltic in Gateshead.
Opening on Friday as part of Juice, and running until November 3, the exhibition explores the thoughts, dreams and hopes of one young group through the creative medium of photography and digital media.
“Arts Connect aims to connect children and young people with additional needs to inclusive creative arts activity in Newcastle,” explains Lynn Campbell, who has been involved with the project.
“We also set up some inclusive groups when there are gaps in what’s on offer. The photography club was one of these groups and I’m really looking forward to the exhibition at Baltic as it’s a chance for lots of people to see their skilled, thoughtful pieces.” Julie Nicholson from Digital Voice for Communities, one of the facilitators of the project, adds: “People might see a young person and have preconceived ideas about them and their behaviour, but we’re here in a positive atmosphere being creative. People might just be surprised by what they see.”
The young people from the photography club certainly seem excited by their work and are keen for it to be displayed. Interestingly, for many of the young people, their introduction to Arts Connect was through their parents, while all members of the group, ranging in age from 12 to 18, share an interest in photography.
“I’ve never done anything like it before,” says Ralph Meritt, 16. “I’d like to have a job where I can use photography skills or at least continue it as a hobby.”
“It’s a visual language”, explains Robin Cowings, a co-facilitator of the workshops.
“It’s very autobiographical, with some of it looking back on their own family history and displaying the work in their own voice.”
It’s brilliant to see such creativity from a young group, and Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover is a must-see for those with an interest in photography and creative arts.
Should you feel inspired and want to try your hand at looking through the lens, a photography workshop takes place on November 1 at Baltic.
Booking is advised. Email firstname.lastname@example.org