Natalie Willatt, Picturing England’s High Streets
GRAIN Projects are excited to reveal that Natalie Willatt has been chosen for the photographic residency in Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent.
The residency is for Picturing England’s High Streets, which is a three-year project as part of the national cultural programme for Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zones. The photographer will use a ‘socially-engaged’ approach, working alongside local communities, to create a contemporary portrait of England’s high streets between now and 2023. Natalie will work with local people to reimagine the high street, producing images which will become part of the Historic England Archive.
This project is part of a wider national programme led by Photoworks and Historic England, as well as partners across the country, including, Open Eye Gallery, QUAD/FORMAT, Photofusion, Impressions, The Photographers Gallery, ReFramed, PARC (Photography and the Archive Research Centre), Redeye The Photography Network and local partners.
For more information about the national programme and projects happening across England please visit www.photoworks.org.uk
Users of the high streets and the community are at the heart of Picturing England’s High Streets, and each selected photographer has a link to the local high street area.
Natalie Willatt will be working in her hometown of Stoke, with GRAIN Projects and partners including Stoke on-Trent City Council, B Arts and the communities of the town’s high street and the Spode factory site. Willatt uses photography to provide access to the arts and to empower people to use creative practices to tell their own stories.
Willatt said “From growing up in Stoke, to now working and photographing in the community arts sector in the area, I have always known how interesting the people that populate this city are. I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to empower local residents in my home town to have agency in telling their own stories through photography.”