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The Factory is a photography, heritage research and exhibition project connecting young people from south Bristol with the people and history surrounding the iconic Tobacco Factory.

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Supported through National Lottery Heritage Fund and partnered with Bristol Museums, Tobacco Factory and Bristol Photo Festival, The Factory explores how and why the south Bristol community has evolved and changed over time.


Tobacco Factory was once a thriving employer and pillar of industry in the heart of a working class community, in which it employed over 40% of local people. It had a huge impact on the people, landscape and communities that helped to build and shape south Bristol.


The young people involved in this project will attend workshops at boomsatsuma photography studios within the historic Tobacco Factory building. Working with professional photographers Fra Beecher and Vinh Dao, along with heritage consultants Local Learning they will learn about the city's history through unique discussions with local people and learn photography practices which they will use to tell these stories. Through these experiences and interactions with other heritage and arts professionals they will also discover pathways into potential creative and cultural jobs for the future.


The photographs created as part of the project will result in an exhibition at Tobacco Factory, showcasing and celebrating the creative practices and learning of the local young people. The curated exhibition will also be shared on a bespoke online platform to ensure access is inclusive on a national and international scale.



About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.


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