For the second part of our England’s New Lenses programme, in partnership with Photoworks, we are seeking applications from young photographers keen to develop their skills with support from the Photoworks team and an experienced mentor.
The commissions will be completed between March and May 2021, including research, development, site visits, contact time with a mentor, and production of the artwork.
Four artists will be invited to select an English Heritage site of their choice as an opportunity to explore a place that has significance for them in some way. Using that site as inspiration, artists will create a new body of photographic work exploring alternative narratives and new voices of England, drawing out ideas about identity and its relationship to ‘Englishness’.
We want to present a diverse set of perspectives on heritage, based on the notion of heritage sites as places of significance and meaning, where the past and present interact. Photography offers a unique vantage point from which to explore this.
The four chosen photographers can challenge perceptions of what constitutes heritage, explore how and whether we all see ourselves reflected in heritage, and work to create a sense of belonging, ownership and relevance.