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Community Art Wall

Current Exhibition: Siblings

An exhibition of photographs by Cole Watkins & Nicola Parry

Cole and Nicola met in 2019 on the Leigh Art Trail and discovered a shared love of creative photography, in particular portraiture. Together they formed 'The -5 Collective' with the aim of bringing creative artists and photographers together in a free to join collective, to promote and exhibit their work. Having worked closely together for the last few years they decide it was time to collaborate on a joint project.

They both take portraits for pleasure but have adopted very different styles which they hope complement each other. Nicola's style is more organic and loose, whereas Cole's is more pre-planned and composed.

'We chose siblings as a subject for our first joint venture as we both find the relationships between family members can be incredibly interesting and diverse; by turns, loving, competitive, supportive or fractious. In some cases, the relationship can disappear altogether as adulthood sets in, for others that sibling bond will last a lifetime with brothers or sisters being your best friend for life.

It has been a great project so far meeting all the brothers and sisters, seeing how they interact, wondering what their future journeys will bring and how their relationships will develop.

We extend huge thanks and wish all the siblings who graciously volunteered to sit for us well on life's journey.

Cole Watkins: @photoboothportraits

Nicola Parry: @parryphotoportraits

 

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Want to Exhibit?

Leigh Community Centre has a Community Art Wall with regular art exhibitions from local artists and groups. The Community Art Wall is open to those who have sufficient pieces of work to fill the space. There is no charge but applications are subject to the Community Centre's Terms and Conditions. 

If interested then please request an application pack from the Community Centre reception or email council@leighonseatowncouncil.gov.uk.  Artists and groups with a connection to the Leigh-on-Sea area will be given priority. 

The Artist in Residence and Art Wall initiatives are part of Leigh Town Council's commitment to promote the provision of accessible social, recreational, educational and cultural facilities within the town for the benefit of the community and visitors. 

Find out more about our current exhibitions by visiting our Instagram page. 

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