In August 2008 I was asked to join the community based arts project Bloomfield Talks by internationally renowned artist Simon Grennan. Bloomfield Talks is a year-long oral history project commissioned by Blackpool Council and ran between July 2008 and May 2009. The project focuses upon the experiences of people who have connections with the Bloomfield, Foxhall, Revoe and near South Shore area of Blackpool.
Last month I was offered a three day photography residency to creatively document NALGAO’s annual conference. Entitled ‘NALGAO Switched On!’, the conference focussed on “the contribution that the arts and creative industries make in building sustainable communities and supporting regeneration”.
The NALGAO conference has become a key date in the national arts calendar and is an important event for local authorities and their delegates.
This annual event is held at a different venue each year, with this years being held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The aim of my NALGAO photography residency was to document a creative account of the event, including keynote speakers, breakout sessions and study tours.