Year 9 GCSE Art and Photography students from Greenfield Community College were recently given the opportunity to visit the ‘No Man’s Land: Women’s Photography and the First World War’ Exhibition at Bishop Auckland Town Hall.
The exhibition showcased rarely seen female perspectives of war and images taken by women who worked as nurses, drivers and official photographers. The exhibition included contemporary female artists that have been directly inspired by the centenary of WW1.
The students were greatly impressed by the photographs and fascinated by the cameras that were used at that time. They were also touched by the stories of those people both in front of and behind the camera.
Visiting the exhibition has given the students a different view of photography and the different purposes for taking photographs. They found seeing work in a curated exhibition a very valuable experience and have taken ideas away about their own work and their own final exhibition in Year 11.
This was an excellent experience for the students that has helped raise aspirations and develop learning. Thank you to Durham County Arts team for helping guide the students through the exhibition during their visit.