The Factory, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will link young aspiring photographers and researchers from South Bristol, with the stories, history and people that make the Tobacco Factory what it is today. The project will connect local people across generations to inspire an exhibited photographic work.
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. Today, it is again the beating heart of the community; home to not only boomsatsuma Degrees, but also a theatre, a cafe bar, a market, a performing art school and several offices.
Young people, aged 9 to 16 from local primary, secondary and SEND schools, will be trained in photographic practices while developing their understanding and experience of heritage research. It will also offer careers opportunities and intergenerational community engagement.
You will attend workshops on alternate Mondays (5-7pm) at boomsatsuma Photography School in Tobacco Factory, connecting with a heritage consultant to explore local history, discover photography practices and then use them to tell these stories. You will also meet, and network with, photography and heritage professionals to discover creative and cultural pathways and jobs for the future.
Your photographs will result in an exhibition at Tobacco Factory. The curated exhibition will also be shared on a bespoke online platform to ensure access is inclusive on a national and international scale.
There are 40 places for South Bristol students (20 for Year 5-6 and 20 for Year 7-11).