Positions of Power exhibition opens at Blackpool and The Fylde College

Melanie Whitehead'Photograph by Claire Griffiths for the Positions of Power exhibition
Melanie Whitehead'Photograph by Claire Griffiths for the Positions of Power exhibition
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An exhibition which explores who and what holds power in today’s society opened at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Photographers met at the college to showcase their work in a pre-exhibition entitled Positions of Power, ahead of a Liverpool-based installation.

Claire Griffiths, whose work features in the exhibition, said: “Disparity Photograph Collective in conjunction with Redeye Photographers Network joined forces on Wednesday night to discuss life after graduation as a photographer for Redeye’s 4th Year event.

“The work showcases Disparity Collective who are currently partaking in Lightbox 2017/18, Redeye’s Lightbox, an intensive year-long course.

“It supports careers of professional photographers through workshops, networking sessions and support from experts in the industry.”

The work from Disparity and a number of third year photography students will continue to be on show at the Palatine Road college site until early Spring and admission is free.

Claire said: “The pre-exhibition at Blackpool and The Fylde College of Positions of Power runs ahead of a Liverpool based photography installation at The Tapestry with the group working together to show at The Liverpool Art Biennial in July.

“The exhibition is designed to present the images in a narrative sequence challenging the conformities of power and where it stands today.

“It involves framing interpretations from seven visual artists using photography as their main medium.”

Claire’s image captures Melanie Whitehead, who runs a community theatre company.

Claire added: “Melanie has been photographed as my take on Positions of Power, which are individuals making a change under the radar in Blackpool and Liverpool, in this case, Melanie runs a community theatre company and writes plays about issues with stigma attached if that makes sense?

“The Barbie is Abbie Jenning’s work about how the football industry portrays female interest and fans.”