Tim Mills, Picturing England’s High Streets
GRAIN Projects are excited to reveal that Tim Mills has been chosen for the photographic residency in Coventry.
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 2022. Tim 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.
Tim Mills will be working with GRAIN Projects in Coventry and local partners the Historic Coventry Trust, Culture Coventry, Coventry University, Coventry City Council and Coventry City of Culture Trust. Mills uses photography and reappropriated archive material to explore and engage with communities and place. His work is often presented as installations within public contexts and outdoor locations.
Mills said “From the stories of my Dad’s red velvet wedding suit purchased on the Burges, my Mum’s performances at The Coventry Theatre on Hales Street, to my Aunt providing blindfolded mystery tours of the city in a wheelbarrow during the 1950’s, Coventry has always been central to my family’s history. My work explores photographic archives, memory, community and place and what that means for our future, so I am thrilled by the creative potential of this project during a significant moment for the city.”