Last chance to view ‘Focus 24: 24 Hours in Tamworth’ project

Sunday, 24th September 2017

PEOPLE have only a few days left to see a display of digital art which highlights the beauty, the unusual and the norm of everyday life in Tamworth.

The Focus 24: 24 Hours in Tamworth exhibition, which is running in a unit in Ankerside Shopping Centre, comes to an end on Tuesday, September 26.

Organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team, as part of the Arts in Unusual Spaces initiative, the project invited amateur and professional photographers and filmmakers to capture Tamworth, the place and its people, at all hours of the day.

From more than 100 submissions, a total of 24 images, taken by 24 different photographers were chosen to represent 24 hours in the life of the town. At the same time, filmmakers were invited to submit video clips and attend workshops to help make a film that captures Tamworth at this moment in time.

The selected 24 images and the resulting eight-minute movie have been on digital display since September 2’s We Love Tamworth event. When the exhibition closes on Tuesday, it will have been on display for 24 days.

Funded by Arts Council England, Tamworth Borough Council and community partners, Arts in Unusual Spaces is a series of initiatives designed to bring art in all its forms to new and unusual spaces across the town.

For the Focus 24: 24 Hours in Tamworth element, the council’s Arts & Events teamed up with production company acquismedia, which has held a number of photography and filmmaking workshops in the town over the past few months to help local people brush up on their digital media skills for the project.

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Culture, said: “Focus 24: 24 Hours in Tamworth has been an amazing project and the resulting images and film do a great job at capturing how beautiful this town is. It also demonstrates just how many creative and talented people we have in the community, as some fantastic work was submitted. The film will hopefully act as a lasting legacy for future generations, giving them a taste of what everyday life was like in Tamworth at this time.

“The digital display comes to an end soon, so I would encourage anyone who hasn’t seen it yet to make a point of having a look. If you’re in town at the weekend, make sure you stop at Ankerside and view the images and film before it’s too late.”

Ankerside Shopping Centre manager Jeff Wigley said he was delighted to be able to host a ‘brilliant exhibition of art and photography’ on behalf of Tamworth Borough Council. “Earlier this year the Focus 24 project came to the centre to encourage the people of Tamworth to get involved through photography workshops, Jeff said.

“Throughout September, the digital art display has been on show and, so far, it has been a huge success with shoppers stopping by to see the photos submitted by friends, family and even themselves,” he added.