Chester Fields, now in its fifth season, was created by Presentation House Gallery to foster an interest in photography among North Shore and Lower Mainland students. Recognizing that the medium is a highly accessible communication tool, the project aims to give young artists a platform to expand their visual literacy by exploring the many ways photography can be used, not only as a means of expression, but as an investigative tool and way to examine one’s own environment
This season’s theme was Double Take and our young photographers were tasked with finding an archival image to work from as inspiration. We were privileged to receive amazingly creative responses with a number of nuanced and layered approaches to place, personhood and nationality. When asked to search in the recess of old family albums and mounds of archival material our North Shore youths embraced the challenge and excelled. Our jury thoughtfully selected eleven works, and these are currently on display at Presentation House Gallery.
Our exhibition will take place in two parts: The works on display at the Gallery will be on view from May 9th through to the 13th at 333 Chesterfield Ave., Wed-Sun 12-5. The photographs will then be shown at the Prescott Presentation Centre (1133 Lonsdale Avenue) where they will be on view until June 30th. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public and we look forward to seeing you!
An award ceremony for the grand prize winning young artist will take place at the Prescott Presentation Centre at 7 pm on Thursday May 17th, 2012.