Photography exhibition, photo-walk and workshops planned at SHOP in Preston

Posted on - 31st January, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Avenham, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Photographers and artists Charlotte Parkin, Susie Jones and stiffpigeons are presenting collective exhibition at SHOP. Pic SHOP
Photographers and artists Charlotte Parkin, Susie Jones and stiffpigeons are presenting collective exhibition at SHOP Pic: SHOP

A photography exhibition is set to open in Preston in February. SHOP, on Syke Street, will host Recollections, a collective photographic exhibition taking place across three weekends in February.


Using the medium of 35mm and 120 film, Charlotte Parkin, Susie Jones and stiffpigeons will join together to explore the importance of memories, the weight of being remembered, and the ability to form connections in modern times.

Across the three weekends, the North of England based photographers and artists will host an opening event, photography walk, and workshops.

The opening event will be taking place on Saturday 10 February with a performance by The Dissonance Collective and an opportunity to speak to the artists.

On Sunday 18 February, the exhibition has teamed up with ILFORD to host a photo-walk event which includes the chance to view the three debut exhibiters’ work, speak with the artists, and join them on a photo-walk around Preston, culminating with drinks at a nearby pub/bar. Spaces for the walk are limited and booking early is recommended. Free tickets for the photowalk are available to book here. 

Make a Victorian Cyanotype Sunprint. Pic Little Vintage Photography
Make a Victorian Cyanotype Sunprint Pic: Little Vintage Photography

On Tuesday 20 February, there will be a Cyanotype event. This will be a fun-filled day of creativity as participants explore the fascinating world of Victorian cyanotype sunprints. They will use the traditional process of creating beautiful blue and white ‘photographic’ prints using daylight, objects, and botanical specimens. Rachel Brewster-Wright from Little Vintage Photography will guide participants through the steps, from coating the paper with light-sensitive chemicals to exposing the print to UV light, creating unique and intricate designs. Tickets for the Cyanotype workshop can be purchased here.

2023 saw the establishment of SHOP Preston as a Community Interest Company based at 3 Skye Street. SHOP Preston has grown organically from an idea developed by two architectural practices; Baxendale and NWDC Studio, into a CIC, dedicated to helping facilitate cultural offerings in Preston. Based in the former, and much loved, Charity Shop Rwanda, Lee Ivett of Baxendale spent lockdown renovating the building into the ground floor multi-use space and a first-floor architectural studio, where NWDC Studio operates.

Keep up to date on everything happening at SHOP Preston on the NWDC website or at @shop_preston Instagram. Follow the exhibition’s dedicated Instagram page @recollections.exhibition for all the details on opening times and events.

SHOP, 3 Syke Street, Preston PR1 3XA will be open 10am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 25 February.

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