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Impressions Gallery

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This Is Me

09th Jul - 07th Feb 2015

This Is Me is a new public artwork created by young people taking part in Impressions’ Start programme, supported by The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.

The 6 metre tall mosaic of students’ faces fills the entire window of Impressions Gallery, visible from Godwin Street and Princes Street and facing the former Bradford Odeon. This highly visible window has previously exhibited artwork by Turner Prize winning artist Douglas Gordon.

Over 200 students aged 13 to 16 from Samuel Lister Academy, Grange Technology College and Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College took part in a year-long series of inspiring workshops both in their school and at Impressions Gallery. These workshops developed their understanding of photography and how it can shape their view of the world.

This Is Me was created in collaboration with Bradford-based multimedia artist Shanaz Gulzar. Each student gained new skills in portraiture photography workshops and used professional studio equipment to photograph their peers. The students then developed research and editing skills finding images they felt represent their character and interests. Through digital manipulation they combined the images to show us their developing identities, their multiple interests and their aspirations.

An accompanying short film features a sequence of students’ portraits, morphing from one face into the next, bringing to life their changing emotions. The film is shown in Impressions’ reception area and on Bradford’s Big Screen throughout the exhibition.

 

Launch of This Is Me

Launch of This Is Me

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Launch of This Is Me Artist Shanaz Gulzar and Start teachers External shot of This Is Me Detail of This Is Me