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Picturing High Streets poster. Are you a shop owner in Prescot Town Centre? Or do you shop there or visit? This is the last opportunity to be pictured as part of the project. Image of lady stood against brick background

Last chance to be part of historic Prescot project

by Guy Murphy

The national cultural project, ‘Picturing High Streets, will come to an end in Prescot at the end of August and the town’s photographer in-residence is doing a final call out for local businesses and people who wish to be featured, with responses required by 25 August 2023.

Prescot is one of only six places in the country selected to host a photographer-in-residence programme as part of the national project. Photographer Tony Mallon has engaged with Prescot’s local communities to create a contemporary portrait of the high street over the past two years. A selection of the images produced will become part of the Historic England Archive, be exhibited at the Shakespeare North Playhouse from the 31 August 2023, displayed on shop fronts at Eccleston Street and exhibited at the Open Eye Gallery from the 28 Sept.

The national photography project is being delivered by Photoworks in partnership with photography organisations nationally. Tony is also being supported by Liverpool based photography gallery and archive, Open Eye Gallery.

Tony is looking to capture business owners who are based in the town centre and people who live, work or visit the area. To get involved contact Prescot’s photographer in residence, Tony Mallon on 07811 553672 or via email tonymallon@digitintherib.co.uk

Councillor Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Regeneration and Economic Development Cabinet Member, said:

“This is a truly unique opportunity for the people who live in, work in, and visit the town centre of Prescot to be involved in a project that will form part of the town’s cultural history. Over the past few years there has been a lot of hard work and investment gone into developing Prescot, and I look forward to seeing how Tony has captured this and the day-to-day engagement people have with the town centre’s shops, hospitality and cultural offering.”

Tony Mallon
Tony is a Merseyside-based photographic artist who was brought up in Knowsley and attended an art foundation course in Prescot. He has 25 years’ experience of delivering socially-engaged art projects, including a recent three-year project in Kirkby. He has a passion and a desire to connect and collaborate with people who are usually excluded from participating in and producing art. His work also focuses on people and place, and how communities define themselves.

See Tony’s website with examples of his work here www.digitintherib.co.uk

‘Picturing  High Streets’ is a three-year project that will deliver six photographer-in-residence programmes at six high street locations across England, as well as artist mentoring and a digital nationwide mass participation project. The high streets cultural programme is the widest-reaching, community-led arts and heritage programme in the public realm that has ever been organised, led by Historic England in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  The £7.4 million Cultural Programme is part of the broader £95 million High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) initiative, of which Prescot is part of.  The Cultural Programme will be one of the biggest ever community-led arts and heritage programme in the public realm.

About the Prescot High Street Heritage Action Zone
Prescot was selected as one of the 68 high streets to benefit from the High Streets Heritage Action Zone project in 2020. The £3.1 million heritage-led regeneration programme will see major investment from the Council and Historic England into a number of key projects in Prescot town centre. In addition, Prescot will see a series of cultural events as part of the HSHAZ Cultural Programme Local Grants, as delivered by the recently established Prescot Cultural Consortium, led by The Shakespeare North Playhouse.

About Open Eye Gallery
Founded in 1977, Open Eye Gallery is an independent charity and photography gallery based in Liverpool. One of the UK’s leading photography spaces, it is the only gallery dedicated to photography and related media in the North West of England and works at a local and global level. Open Eye Gallery believes photography is for everyone, informing our present and inspiring positive futures. Open Eye Gallery works with people to explore photography’s unique ability to connect, to tell stories, to inquire, to reflect on humanity’s past and present, and to celebrate its diversity and creativity. www.openeye.org.uk @openeyegallery

To find out what is happening in your area and get involved, please follow @HistoricEngland @Prescot_HAZ_THI #HistoricHighStreets  #PicturingPrescot and visit: www.HistoricEngland.org.uk/HighStreetCulture