Photos help bring ‘long-forgotten life in Blackburn’ back to life

Published May 12, 2017 at 11:21

  • Assistant manager Lucy Thompson, 24, with some of the collection on display at The Clog and Billycock

A group of photography students have been given the chance to exhibit their artwork on the walls of Pleasington’s Clog and Billycock.

Art, Design and Photography students at the University Centre at Blackburn College entered into an exciting collaborative scheme with Northcote Leisure Group, which is now showcasing the students’ creative talent.

The scheme sees the artwork bringing the walls in the Clog and Billycock to life. Additionally, Photography students have been involved in photographing dishes from the restaurant’s new menu and visiting suppliers to take updated photography.

Students studying the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) in Photography have been given access to The Talbot Archive, an archive of thousands of photographs charting the Blackburn region from 1930 onwards.

The archive is the work of local photographer Wally Talbot and his son Howard and also form part of the Clog and Billycock newly installed artwork collection.

Jenna Gardner, Academic Subject Leader for Art at UCBC said:

“The students have produced some outstanding pieces and it just shows what a talented bunch they are – we are very proud.”

John Harrison, Interim Dean at the University Centre at Blackburn College, added:

“This is just the sort of project that we love to get involved with and that students love getting involved with too.

“It mirrors the type of projects that students work on once they graduate as large firms commission designers and agencies for different purposes.”

“It’s great to see such a variety of work on offer but also great for students to see the work that they have ploughed time and effort into being not only recognised and rewarded but also exhibited in public spaces.”

John Harrison, Interim Dean at the University Centre at Blackburn College said:

“The images in the archive chart a long-forgotten life in Blackburn and the students have found this fascinating.

“Not only have the students been involved in archiving the photography but also curating pieces that form part of artwork installed at the Clog and Billycock and in an exhibition that will take place at the end of year Art and Design Degree show.”

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