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Artz Get The Picture

The Artz Centre has been at it again with another amazing opportunity for local young people. 25 children from Skelmersdale have been taking part in a 5 week photography course encouraging them to do something much more positive with their mobile phones.

A project funded by The Youth Service allowed the youngsters to learn from professional photographers from The Artz Centre, and develop skills and techniques in the art of photography. Each week they faced a different challenge, allowing them to understand how pictures can be used in todays society. The categories included portrait, conceptual branding, campaign images and artist photography.

The images where then judged by industry professionals including Daniel Ezzatvar from Brandfly Marketing, Daniel Poole from NSPCC and Local portrait artist Craig Stannard. This gave the young people a great insight into how their images could be used for a variety of reasons.

This course is another example of how The Artz Centre are using creativity as a means of education, recreation and developing key skills in our young people. On the back of the success of the course The Artz Centre have offered one young person a Scholarship opportunity to develop their skills further under the on going guidance of professionals.

Artz Centre Director Mark Ashton had this to say;

“We live in a society where photography is more accessible than ever before, but our young people do not always use this creative tool responsibly. We designed a programme that would would help them capture the positive things in their lives using the camera on their mobile phones. It was great to have Photographers Beccy Tipton and Josh Gwynne working with the students and helping them bring their ideas to life. The standard of their work and attitude towards the project has been incredible. I would also like to thank our judging panel for giving their time to support this idea.”

“The level of ability that has been shown here is top class. We are not talking about professional photographers with expensive equipment here, we are talking kids, some as young as 8 from the local area. These kids have shown great vision and imagination using the cameras on their mobile phones – I think more local businesses should get involved with what is happening at The Artz Centre and use the talent available to help enhance their own service -Very impressive indeed”


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