For this pioneering project, sixth form art students at Chipping Norton School have partnered with professional photographer Andrew Ogilvy to produce work responding to the brief ‘Our Town’.
The project, and students, took inspiration from Faces Places, a film by award winning photographer and Director Agnès Varda who follows photographer and muralist J.R. across rural France to document the communities and people they meet.
The students have also worked with author and ChipLitFest patron John Dougherty to produce accompanying words for their pieces. Each student group has considered not only the subjects of the photographs, but also the display and positioning of these images.
As with all professional exhibitions, the groups have had to overcome last minute changes, from the location of their works to group members self-isolating. This this has been made even more complex this year because of covid 19 regulations.
This project is an extension of the window art initiative that artist, Luke Embden started in the Beales window, and the ACE Nursery School’s creative display in the former Cotswold Newsagents (both facilitated by the Town Mayor). It is part of a way of thinking about empty properties – that while they’re vacant they can provide interest and opportunity for the community, and enhance the town centre, making it a more attractive place for residents and visitors alike..