Putting young artists in the frame!

In November we launched a new project helping young artists to get their work out in the public domain by displaying it in a host of unusual spaces, through somewhereto_.

somewhereto_FRAMED had proven popular with other regional delivery partners around the UK so, with the help of the newly appointed and very artistic Sophie, we thought we’d give it a go!

Submissions came in quickly and we were able to secure 11 artists, all aged between 16 and 25 to have their work displayed in 11 different locations around East Lancashire.

We had work in Blackburn, Burnley, Nelson, Colne, Accrington and Brierfield libraries, Blackburn Museum, The Shop in Nelson, Brierfield Mill and even managed to secure two bus stops, one in Darwen and the other in Blackburn.

All the exhibition spaces were donated for free so huge thanks has to go to them all!

We had a really diverse selection of artworks and November’s exhibition was so successful we decided to extend it into December and January, taking new submissions each month!

December’s artists all have their work on display now and we already have some more lined up for the new year!

Here are a few words from some of the young artists who were involved in November:

Katie Suthers – Exhibiting at a Darwen Bus Stop

Katie Suthers

Katie Suthers by the Darwen bus stop where her artwork is displayed.

“I’m a documentary-style photographer from Burnley. I aim to observe the full spectrum of human experience across the world and document the variation of cultures and the many different experiences of life; to capture how people from all corners of the earth deal with one situation in completely different ways.

The image on display with FRAMED showcases work I did in New York and the fact that it was chosen to be used in this amazing way inspires me to get out there and create more.

I’m currently studying in my final year of my Degree at Blackburn University Centre alongside setting up a new business working as a freelance photographer. Working with the somewhereto_FRAMED project has really made my work worthwhile and helped in showcasing what I’m capable of. It’s fantastic to have such a huge audience for my image from the location it’s in and the project’s really helping to get my name out there. It’s a huge honour to have my work shown on such a huge scale in a prime position and makes me really proud of my own work.”

Kirstie Gilleade – Exhibiting at the Blackburn Bus Stop

“Having the chance to be involved in this exhibition has been a great experience for myself as an illustrator starting out as it’s a kick start to begin getting my work seen by the public eye, and to see how my work looks in real life instead of being kept in a digital format. It makes it a surreal experience to see one of my own illustrations displayed in a bus stop in a town centre for people to see and have a look at day or night. As it’s not being kept behind closed doors it can have a different experience depending on the time of day.”

Rachel Hartley – Exhibiting in Accrington Library.

“I have never, ever done anything like this before, being involved in an exhibition or showing any of my photography, so it’s been a great experience for me, and I was really excited when I saw my work installed at the library.

I’m really grateful to be given this opportunity through somewhereto_ and hope to do more things like this in the future.”

Rachel Hartley by her artwork displayed in Accrington Library.

Rachel Hartley by her artwork displayed in Accrington Library.