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Four Corners has announced the launch of a Heritage Lottery funded project. The 3-year project will see it delve deeper into Four Corners Archive, evolving the collection into an active site for public events, study, socially-engaged practice and collaboration. Here's what is planned:

  • On the Move: the history of the Half Moon Photography Workshop/Camerawork touring exhibitions, 1976-1984.
    More than 50 of these innovative, laminated touring shows were shown across the UK and beyond, in community halls, factory canteens, launderettes and other unconventional spaces. They provide unique insights into community activism, feminism, political struggle, working lives and disappearing traditions. We will research and document original material, leading to an exhibition in 2021.
  • Research partnership with the Jo Spence Memorial Library Archive at Birkbeck.
    Jo Spence was one of the founder members of HMPW and Camerawork magazine. The project will support a research archivist to work across the Jo Spence and Four Corners archive collections.
  • A Bengali Photography Archive of activist, family and community photographs to be developed in partnership with Swadhinata Trust and Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives.
  • Exhibition on housing, squatting and homelessness in East London, to be developed with the Centre for Arts Memory and Communities, Coventry University in 2022.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, supported by a curatorial research grant from the Paul Mellon Centre. Project partners are Bishopsgate InsituteCentre for Arts, Memory & Communities at Coventry UniversityFeminist Library,  Jo Spence Memorial Library at Birkbeck, Mayday RoomsSwadhinata Trust, Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives.


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