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Give Your Future a Shot
As a part of our ‘War on the Home Front’ exhibition, Alexandra Palace ran a free photography course ‘Give Your Future a Shot” for young people 16-25 living in the boroughs of Haringey, Enfield, Islington, and Barnet that are not currently in employment, education, or training during June and July.
 
This project, inspired by the use of Alexandra Palace as a refugee and internment camp during the First World War, was aimed at teaching participants how to use photography to give themselves a voice, uniting and intertwining this interesting period of history with the lives, experiences, and stories of young people today.
 
‘Give Your Future a Shot’ accessed areas of Alexandra Palace that are normally closed to the public in order to bring the stories of the refuges and internees to life, through a series of digital photography and visual literacy workshops. Participants also engaged in practical exercises to learn techniques such more framing, composition, editing and captioning, alongside gaining skills for curating their own future exhibitions.
 
The course culminated in a public photography exhibition held in the Great Hall, with the winner of the ‘Best Shot’ competition being given the opportunity to shadow a professional photographer at one of Alexandra Palace’s future events.
 
Because of the success of this project, Alexandra Palace is pleased to offer some additional upcoming activities to involve our fantastic community. On 25 July we are holding a free festival, filled with fun family activities, performances, crafts, and lots of great stalls. We are also going to continue with additional community projects and programmes, so watch this space!
 
Quote from a photography volunteer:
“It was fantastic watching young people interact with the history of the Palace as they learned new skills, and become active participants within the wider cultural community. I loved seeing everyone’s hard work and smiles through this project!”
Quote from a participant:
“I never really knew much about photography or Alexandra Palace before this. I appreciated the time that everyone spent helping me learn how to take pictures, and how to tell my ideas with these photos. Now I feel like photography is really something I could do in the future, and am much more confident.”

Quote from the Head of Learning & Community Programmes:
“This project was a fantastic success, as we were able to engage with young members of our community that are often forgotten about. They brought the history of the Palace to life, but each participant was able to tell his or her unique story through the photography sessions. Most importantly though, Alexandra Palace has helped a group of people engage with heritage and the arts, all whilst gaining skills that they can use as they seek future opportunities.”

With thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, PhotoVoice, Asya Gefter Photography Consultant, Kara Webster, Volunteer Project Facilitator, Amy Read and Paola Almeida Volunteer Photography Assistants.

Further information on the project and the organisations that supported the project can be found here;

Asya Gefter http://asyagefter.com/alexandra-palace/?

PhotoVoice http://www.photovoice.org/

Heritage Lottery Fund http://www.hlf.org.uk/

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