A Year In The Life Of Whitstable
‘A Year in the Life of Whitstable’ ran from 4th July to 31st August 2014 at the Whitstable Museum and Gallery,
5A Oxford St, Whitstable, CT5 1DB
A Year in the Life of Whitstable 2014
The 365 photo exhibition ‘A Year in the Life of Whitstable’ was officially opened on Friday 4th July by comedian Sandi Toksvig, supporter of the project and local resident.
During the whole year 2013, 147 people joined the 365 project in Whitstable to document life in the town in 3870 images.
The final 365 images (less than 10% of the total submissions) came from 66 photographers; they are presented in the exhibition and in a book. They were selected by a judging panel that included celebrity photographer Brian Aris.
Photographers shared their views, feelings and experiences using the power of photography. The reasons why they took photographs as part of this community project are varied: simply because they enjoy photography, to improve their photographic skills, to help promote Whitstable, to learn about the area, to be more active or to meet new people. Whatever their motivations, together, they produced a yearly record of life in Whitstable for visitors to explore, creating a collective memory.
Visitors to the exhibition might expect iconic images of the town, and they will not be disappointed. But it is also important to look beyond the actual images and read what else they may show, whether it is positive or not; a passion, the historical importance of a building, concerns over social issues … or a simple depiction of everyday life.
It is by no mean a full records of events in Whitstable, it is not either about recording the good bits only. It is about all aspects of life in Whitstable as perceived by the people who live there. The project didn’t dictate what participants chose to photograph or which pictures the judges chose from those submitted.
The judging panel
- Brian Aris, Photographer
- Catriona Cambpell, Marketing Consultant
- Rachel Deeson, Editor of ‘Bygone Kent’
- Margaret Smith, Photographer and members of the Friends of Whitstable Museum
- The book includes all 365 final photographs shown in the exhibition at the Whitstable Museum.
- Photographs from the Private View
- The Public Choice Competition
- Get your own prints and Canvases
A HUGE thank you to our Supporters
(for information about corporate partnership with the project click HERE)
Jason Hick | Alex Hughes | Matt Linehan | Bernie Plaister.
Broadcaster and comedian Sandi Toksvig who is kindly endorsing this project.
Lady Moira Swire | Bill Croydon, CBE
“Well done you for an imaginative way of involving the people of our part of Kent in recording their lives past and present. Congratulations on your success.” | Lady Moira Swire
“Against all the stresses, strains and burdens of modern life, here is an initiative that focuses on all the good things in the town. (…) Recognition produces feel-good factors and, undoubtedly, fosters loyalty and respect for the town and its people.
I urge you strongly to grasp this opportunity to participate in and to contribute to a project which, as far as I am aware, has been an outstanding success everywhere else it has been held. Don’t spoil the ship for a hap’th of tar! It’s a great community initiative, which can only be good for the town, its businesses and its people. Go for it!” | Bill Croydon, CBE
365: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WHITSTABLE is community photography project designed to record a year in the life of Whitstable during the course of 2013 through 365 photographs, one for each day of the year, taken by the residents.
The project shows the different views, styles and feelings of Whitstable, Kent from different photographers; with images featuring people, events and places around them. The project aims to capture the hidden Whitstable too; the activities that not everyone notices or gets a chance to see. Creating a diary for today and a record for the future.
It is by no mean a full records of events in Whitstable, it is not either about recording the good bits only. It is about all aspects of life in Whitstable as perceived by the people who took the photos (mainly residents).
A Year in the Life… aims to motivate people to get involved in something they are passionate about: the area they live in.
The project ran from the 1st January to the 31st December 2013, with photographs taken every day of the year.
The exhibition opened on 26th June at the Whitstable Museum and Gallery featuring the final 365 photographs, until 30th August 2014. A book has also been produced.
The goals of the 365 project are to:
- Create a sense of community, and a sense of place; for Whitstable’s residents and tourists;
- Act as a platform for the town’s residents to express what is important to them;
- Bring people and communities together;
- Encourage participation in civic life;
- Make people feel better about where they live;
- Get residents to learn more about where they live;
- Increase people’s participation in photography and the arts;
- Help people improve their photographic skills;
- Raise awareness of local artistic talent;
- Give an opportunity to photographers to showcase their work and get published, via the 365 exhibition, book and calendar;
- Attract a wide and varied audience;
- Motivate visitors to explore the region;
- Keep a historical, social and cultural record of life