We’re launching a photography initiative, Photographer in Residence, and inviting young adult carers (aged 17-25 years) and working adult carers in Hastings to take part in this exciting project. You will be able to explore your caring role and share your experiences of caring through a camera lens. Photography is a powerful and creative medium that can convey caring experiences and the day-to-day life of caring for someone.

The three day course is free to young adult carers and working adult carers that live in Hastings and offers the opportunity to learn about photography and build photography skills, working with local photographer John Cole. You can find out more about John's work on his website here.

Photographs taken by carers will be featured in two exhibitions in the two largest hospitals in East Sussex, The Conquest, Hastings and District General Hospital, Eastbourne from June 2020.

The initiative will give carers a voice to share their caring role with the public and the chance to meet new people and try something new. We are working with arts, education and events organisation, 18 Hours, to run the course and who have a strong understanding of caring.

Date: The course starts on Saturday 4th April then two further workshops on Saturday 18th April and Saturday 25th April 2020.
Time: Each workshop will run from 11.00am - 2.00pm.
Venue: The Studio, Hastings Contemporary, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings Old Town, TN34 3DW

During the course you’ll learn some simple photo processing and editing as well as composition, lighting and other technical aspects to photography.

Cameras - if you have your own bridge or SLR camera, please bring it along. Don’t worry if you don’t have a camera, we have a number of cameras that will be available for your use throughout the project.

Here’s a rough guide to the course and each session:

Workshop 1 

• Introduction to the project and overview of the three workshops
• Photography practice – going outside and taking photos for approximately half an hour
• Back in the studio – reviewing your photos
• Briefing for ‘at home’ task: photos to take before next workshop.

Workshop 2

• Review of your photos
• Learning about editing, simple processing and thinking about submission for the exhibition
• Briefing for this weeks’ ‘at home ‘ task.

Workshop 3

• Review and discussion of your photos
• Selection and editing – choosing the best three photos
• Discussion on the exhibition and preparation for final submission.

If you need help with travel, please let us know and we may be able to help. Places are limited, so if you are interested in attending, please email Cally at [email protected], or call 01323 738390.

We do hope that you will take the opportunity to get involved with the course to gain photography skills, share your voice and have some creative fun.