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The Photographers' Gallery / Teachers' Session - Working with Archives

  • The Photographers Gallery 16 – 18 Ramillies Street London W1F 7LW (map)

Primary and secondary level teachers and trainee teachers are invited to join exhibiting photographer Rhiannon Adam for this hands-on session exploring the myriad ways in which archives can be incorporated into project development and inform creative practice.

In recent years, many photographers have placed archival material front and centre in their projects – allowing the past to contextualise the present, both from a purely historical standpoint and using archives as a starting point for more abstract interpretations. Archive work, though seemingly factual, is defined by the context in which it is placed. As artists, we can use it to both challenge preconceived notions, or to reinforce our own narratives. In this way, we become ‘editors’ of the past.

This session aims to equip teachers with a toolkit to take into the classroom, illustrating the multitude of ways that students can work with archives to develop creative outcomes beyond the historic. The session will also include a walk-through of the TPG New Talent exhibition on the 5th floor. Participants should bring their laptops/tablets if they have them. 

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