Small is Beautiful? Credit: Steven Bond

Image: Steven Bond

Small is Beautiful? A public exhibition of photography

A public exhibition of photographs celebrates the completion of a two-year research project.  Taking place at the Old Press Gallery CIC in St Austell, Cornwall, the exhibition has been compiled by designer and photographer Steven Bond. It is part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project with University of Exeter cultural geographers Dr Caitlin DeSilvey-also a member of the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI)-and Dr James Ryan.

The photographic exhibition, forming part of the Small is Beautiful? research project, was developed through an attraction to the aesthetics of workplaces, and inspired by the practices of fixing, mending, repair and renewal, and what these actions can reveal about the way people value objects and each other. The exhibition builds on a successful event of the same name organised by the ESI’s Knowledge Exchange Team earlier in the year with small businesses in both Exeter and St Austell.

The photographs and stories captured through the project can be viewed on the project’s blog. Wherever the pictures have been shown they’ve sparked lively conversations about the value of mending and repair skills, and a culture of deposal, in addition to the aesthetics of work, micro-economies and family memories.

The Small is Beautiful? project team are pleased to work in partnership with the Old Press Gallery CIC in St Austell, an exciting new social enterprise venture helping to support new and emerging artists and creative people in the St Austell area. The Old Press Gallery has a rolling programme of public exhibitions.

Farion is the working name of Steven Bond, the photographer and designer within the Small is Beautiful? project.

 

Date: 26 October 2012

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