England’s New Lenses: The Exhibition

Photo of the England's New Lenses exhibition

Outdoor exhibition opens at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

5 August – 31 October 2021

From the dramatic coastline of Cornwall to the windswept moors of northern England, four young photographers explored alternative perspectives on Englishness, heritage and identity in a new outdoor exhibition this summer.

England’s New Lenses – an exhibition developed in partnership with Photoworks, has offered  young artists the chance to explore heritage through photography and to tell the stories that get left out of the history books.

Artists aged 18-25 were invited through an open call to submit a proposal and portfolio. The judging panel, including artist Mahtab Hussain and activist Stuart Lawrence of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, selected four outstanding emerging artists, from 200 submissions.

Alongside a production fee, the commission includes mentoring to help the artists to develop their practice and a portfolio of work for the commission. Each artist has been matched with a mentor whose own practice or professional experience connects with theirs.

The exhibition is included in an entry ticket to Wrest Park, which you can book below.

Photo of the Kemka's exhibition stand
Photo of the England's New Lenses exhibition
Photo of the Megan's exhibition stand
Photo of the Mia's exhibition stand

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Each of the Photographers has taken part in a documentary – you can find them on the link below.