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Blackburn University Centre Lecturer Contributes to Global Award Winning Photography

Blackburn University Centre Lecturer Contributes to Global Award Winning PhotographyBlackburn University Centre’s Academic Group Leader in Community Abdul Hafiz has collaborated on global award winning photography.

Abdul was part of 2021 Sony World Photography Awards’ Photographer of the Year Craig Easton’s winning series Bank Top.

Bank Top was also used by Craig in Blackburn’s Kick Down the Barriers exhibition at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery – an exhibition where local artists and writers worked in and with the communities of Blackburn to redefine the labels of ‘segregation’ and ‘division’ that have been put onto them by national press and media channels.

Kick Down the Barriers was created and produced by Blackburn University Centre BA (Hons) Fine Art alumni Sophie Skellern and has since recruited another graduate Lydia McCaig to the commissioning team.

The work allowed students to work alongside professional curators on the exhibition between November 2020 and January 2021; the exhibition will return to the Blackburn Museum in May 2021. Sam Johnson, HE Photography Facilitator on BA (Hons) Photography and Moving Image, also produced an online showreel so local residents who were shielding could participate virtually.

Abdul said: “This is an excellent example of how Blackburn University Centre staff and students from different disciplines work with local communities to address real social issues and make a difference to the town.”

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20 Apr 2021, 08:36 AM