Girls. Girls. Glow!

Glow

Glow Creative Learning is a non profit making, Community Interest Company, committed to the creative development of young women, providing high quality visual arts and photography programmes.

Suzanne St Clare is an artist, photographer and educator based in North West England.

“Her practice centres on the exploration of memories and their staged, cinematic recreation and urban photography seeking beauty in the impermanent, imperfect and incomplete. She has worked in collaboration with Open Eye Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Knowsley Council,  Wales NHS and Wirral Borough Council to develop, document and run socially engaged projects with communities and groups. Her research explores the therapeutic benefits of the visual arts on the mental health of young people in Britain today and the importance, relevance and impact of effective evaluation.”

Emily & Fay

Emily Fisher, one of young Directors at GLOW Creative Learning. Emily is a peer educator and has been part of the team since she was 14.

Over the summer Emily has been shooting on 35 mm black and white film inspired by her love of Criminal Investigation programmes and from looking at the work of Daido Moriyama. Emily wants to be a social worker and use her own life experiences to help others. After working at Tate Exchange last summer Emily became interested in how the creative arts can have positive effects on mental health.

Fay Askew, Young Director of GLOW Creative Learning. Fay has been part of the team since 2016.Being part of GLOW has given Fay the opportunity to exhibit at Open Eye Gallery, the Williamson, the Sailing School Gallery and help run workshops at Tate Liverpool.  After volunteering as a photographer at Claire House Fay has gone on to study Media and Culture and Creative Media at the University of Worcester and is interested in a career in inclusive media marketing.

What is happening

Glow team is working together to form an exhibition of Virtual Connections. All work was completed virtually at the beginning of lockdown and then when it was possible team was meeting 1:1 and socially distance.  One particularly successful project was the Daido V Moriyama challenge.  Each person put their hand in a bag and pulled out a disposable camera.  If it was colour film they shot in the style of Larry Sultan, if it was black and white film they shot in the style of Daido Moriyama. Exhibition showing at Pilgrim Street Arts Centre in January.

Daisy & Kaylee  were also asked by Wirral Borough Council to photograph young people around Wirral. The images aimed to support the In Our Hands bill presented to the Wirral Cabinet. Over a thousand young people around Wirral had been asked what they wanted and what changes they would like to see, i.e. cleaner streets, better lighting at night, affordable places to go and cheaper transport. 

Daisy & Kaylee wanted the images to be authentic so they held workshops and talked about the kinds of places young people would go to in their leisure time.  The shortlisted places were: The Pyramids food court, fast food places, the cinema, Council Youth Centres, parks, play schemes, public transport, New Brighton, arcades and the beach.  

They went out photographing in the evenings and every weekend. By January 2020 they had an amazing collection of 60 images, some of which were exhibited at Wallasey Town Hall and then Covid 19 happened.

The lives of all young people changed completely.  The freedom and connections that they had before the corona virus disappeared and everyone became isolated due to lockdown.In Our Hands – Revisited tells the story of lockdown, what we experienced and the positives at we will take will us into the future.

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