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Young people in Grimsbury present photographs in exhibition

9 May 2016
One example of a photograph to be displayed in the exhibition

A group of young photographers in Grimsbury are showcasing their pictures of the suburb at an exhibition, supported by Sanctuary Housing.

Based at Naomi’s Café Bar on Bridge Street in Banbury, the Grimsbury Youth Action Team, with support from OYAP Trust (Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership), are holding an exhibition in Banbury to present their photographs to the public. 

What are the photographs?

With the help of a local photographer, the group were taught camera skills before taking some pictures themselves and coming up with a concept to present the community from a new perspective.

The youth action team decided they wanted to reimagine sites and spaces in and around Grimsbury, through pictures featuring miniature models of people.

They decided on using miniature plastic people in the photographs to demonstrate the idea that this part of Banbury is alive with possibility.

Photography exhibition

The exhibition is taking place at Naomi’s Café Bar until Tuesday 17 May and will be open for people to view the photographs between 7.30am and 6pm on weekdays and 10.00am-2pm on weekends.

Once the exhibition has been closed, the photographs will be taken to The Studio, OYAP’s base in Bicester, to be presented in an art display by OYAP’s Youth of Bicester action team as part of North Oxfordshire’s Art Weeks exhibition.

“Think differently about our space”

Carmen Hoepper, OYAP’s project coordinator, said: “This project has been a fantastic journey for all involved, not only did we challenge ourselves to learn new creative and technical photography skills but we challenged our attitudes as we began to think differently about our space.”

“The young people have excelled”

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “The young people have excelled in their creativity with this project and it’s fantastic to see the unique way they have chosen to present local sites in Grimsbury.

“Supporting a project such as OYAP and the youth action teams is representative of how we look to invest in local people and help them move towards and achieve the ambitions they hold for themselves and the local community.”

This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

OYAP Trust, an Oxfordshire charity which supports local young people, receives funding from Sanctuary Housing, Cherwell District Council, and is supported by Artswork and Arts Council England in order to run youth action teams. Currently groups operate in Bretch Hill, Grimsbury, Bicester and Witney.

For further information about the exhibition or would like to join an action team, please email admin@oyap.org.uk or call 01869 602560.