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Open Call for Prescot Photographer in Residence

by Lisa Bennett

Prescot is one of only six places in the country selected to be part of a major cultural programme ‘Picturing England’s High Streets’.

This open call for a photographer in residence will see a photographer commissioned to engage with Prescot’s local communities and organisations to create a contemporary portrait of the high street from now, until 2024.

For Prescot, this project will coincide with the opening of The Shakespeare North Playhouse in summer 2022 and Knowsley’s year as Borough of Culture.

The search is on for a photographer with an interest in Prescot and who will be able to co-author the project with the local community. Applications are welcome from photographers with a connection to Prescot or Knowsley, although this is not essential.

How to apply

Applications are now open and the deadline for submission of interest is midnight, Wednesday 26 May 2021.

All of the details are available on the Open Eye Gallery website.

Coordinated by photography organisation Photoworks, Liverpool based Open Eye Gallery will deliver the project in partnership with Historic England, The Shakespeare North Playhouse and Knowsley Council.


About Picturing England’s High Streets programme

Picturing England’s High Streets is part of Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones Cultural Programme.

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.


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