Art exhibition is extended

Aberdeenshire Council arts development officer Carla Angus with some of the images on display at the Life Through a Lens exhibition in Ellon.
Aberdeenshire Council arts development officer Carla Angus with some of the images on display at the Life Through a Lens exhibition in Ellon.

A PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition in Ellon exploring issues of social inclusion is to be extended.

Life Through a Lens encourages vulnerable people to express themselves through images and their work has been on display in Banff and Buchan College Learning Centre at Ellon Academy.

The exhibition had been due to finish last Friday, but organisers have extended it until the end of January.

Photographs have been taken as part of an arts development project, working in collaboration with community groups across Formartine to explore and reflect on social barriers to participation in day-to-day activities.

It has included Aberdeenshire Council’s Community Learning and Development, Arts Development and Community Planning teams and the Ellon Health Improvement Group, with Colin Tennant as lead artist.

The project aims to build awareness of the issues affecting vulnerable people and promote access to everyday activities, while also developing volunteering opportunities in the communities through feedback and consultation with Aberdeenshire residents.

In addition to building participants’ awareness of photography as an art form and their technical photographic skills, the project has also focused on building self confidence.

Council arts development officer Carla Angus said visitors to the exhibition had been impressed.

She added: “The footfall has not been enormous but I think the people who have come in have really enjoyed it.”

The display at the old academy building is open daily and more images can been seen at www.flickr.com/photos/lifethroughalens2012