A Passion for Penzance
In May 2014, Pop Up Penzance invited three local photographers to exhibit their photos of Penzance, in the huge windows of the former Stead and Simpson shop, so that hundreds of passers-by could enjoy them. One week each, and each photographer offered an information / inspiration workshop to the public, with the aim of encouraging local people to take their own photos of Penzance to submit for an exhibition of ordinary people’s images of the town.
Several weeks later, the magnificent “A Passion for Penzance” exhibition opened and displayed a rich, varied and sometimes quirky perspective of the town, by the townspeople. It ran for two weeks, and the exhibition grew as people brought additional photos to display. The exhibition, and the process of creating the exhibition gave rise to considerable pride of place and delight and brought many hundreds of people into the town centre to visit the show.
The public exhibition showed again in June 2015 in the café of The Exchange gallery, and the photos have also been displayed in the windows of empty shops in the town. Pop Up Penzance have since created a book of the project.
A Passion for Penzance was made possible by grants from Arts Council England and Feast.