Olympic art - Facing East exhibitionBy TheStudentGuide
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Facing East is an exhibition of new photographs of East Londoners which documents the impact that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have had on their communities.
Using a range of photographic styles and techniques, fine art and photography students from the University of East London have created the exhibition resulting from a twelve-week project which focussed on themes and groups of sitters in the build-up to London 2012. These included local Games volunteers, people working for the Green Legacy in the Lee Valley, commuters, swimming club members, coffee shop baristas, landlords renting out their rooms, locals on Hackney Marshes and allotment owners.
The students also took part in a ten week course of master classes led by internationally renowned photographers including Anderson & Low, Jillian Edelstein, Brian Griffin, Emma Hardy, Nadav Kander and Bettina von Zwehl. Over the last three years, these photographers have been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery as part of the National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Cultural Olympiad project. Their own work can be seen in Road to 2012: Aiming High at the National Portrait Gallery, London, until 23 September, as part of the London 2012 Festival.
Road to 2012: Facing East is part of the London 2012 Festival - the spectacular 12 week nationwide celebration. The festival brings together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.
Professor Catherine Harper, Dean of the School of Arts & Digital Industries at the University of East London, says:
This project has given the students a wonderful opportunity to explore contemporary photography and hone their professional skills through working alongside the truly inspirational Road to 2012 photographers.’
The exhibition runs August 9 - September 9 and can be seen at Four Corners in Bethnal Green.
The opening times are Mon - Sat (10am - 6pm) and admission is free.
Image 1: The Green Legacy, Daniel Townsend by Joe Bullock. Copyright: Joe Bullock.
Image 2: Image: The Coffee Shop Experience, Jessica Collins by Lucas Seidenfaden. Copyright: Lucas Seidenfaden.