Lancashire Photography Festival progress report

Pendle Hill and villahe of Barley, Lancashire.

Pendle Hill and village of Barley, Lancashire.

Avenham and MMiller Park, Preston, Lancashire Sunday January 17, 2021.

Avenham and MMiller Park, Preston, Lancashire Sunday January 17, 2021.

Longridge Fell, Lancashire.

Longridge Fell, Lancashire.

Longridge Fell, Lancashire.

Longridge Fell, Lancashire.

I’m working hard on organising Lancashire Photography Festival, which will exhibit stunning documentary photography images outdoors in the city of Preston, Lancashire, in the spring of 2021. We’re working for an April launch. I’ve spoken to one or two brilliant photographers about displaying their work. And will confirm their participation once the right venues are secured. Conversations are ongoing with dozens of independent businesses and property owners, so I’m really hoping they will get on board and make Lancashire Photography Festival a major cultural event in the city. Support and practical help from the city council has been a bit slow so far but hopefully when they are ready to get in touch they can contribute to what I hope will be a long-term annual project. This city – like any city in the UK or around the world currently in lockdown – needs innovative cultural events and exhibitions to maintain arts engagement and encourage all the health and wellbeing benefits which come from this. Lancashire Photography Festival addresses all of these issues by displaying all art works in an outward facing way so they can be viewed outdoors in a totally safe way, whatever the lockdown restrictions are. I believe this is will be a truly innovative festival, bringing an under-used but highly respected art form – documentary photography – to an area where similar festivals are not held. That area is Preston, Lancashire, the North West, Northern England. While other countries do outdoor photography festivals brilliantly, we in the UK are far, far behind. This is the first step in redressing this imbalance and I hope Lancashire Photography Festival can become a hugely respected event internationally – but it starts from small beginnings and we need support from the city of Preston Get in touch with Garry Cook at gazcook@googlemail.com if you feel you could offer us support through venues, wall space, window space, sponsorship or with the physical installation of the images. Thank you Garry Cook
Pendle Hill and villahe of Barley, Lancashire.

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