Location: Coed Pella
Open: Monday 7th October - Friday 18th October // Time: 9am - 5pm
What’s it like to be sixteen-years-old now?
This is the central thread running through ambitious touring exhibition SIXTEEN. Leading contemporary photographers joined forces with more than one hundred and seventy young people from diverse communities across the country to explore their hopes, fears and dreams.
Craig Easton conceived SIXTEEN at the time of the Scottish referendum in 2014 when sixteen-year-olds were given the vote for the first and as yet only time in the UK. Later he invited fellow photographers Robert C Brady, Linda Brownlee, Lottie Davies, Jillian Edelstein, Stuart Freedman, Sophie Gerrard, Kalpesh Lathigra, Roy Mehta, Christopher Nunn, Kate Peters, Michelle Sank, Abbie Trayler-Smith, Simon Roberts and MFA candidate David Copeland, to join him and develop the project.
Each photographer selected a theme and a location. These span large conurbations such as London, Birmingham and Manchester, as well as including Wales, Northern Ireland, the north and south west of England, and the Scottish Islands.
Sixteen is an age of transition. At this time of increasing national and international anxiety, these young people are shifting from adolescence to become the adults who will live in a politically reshaped country, divorced from the European Union, an issue they had no say in. Working with photography, film, social media, audio recordings and writing, Craig and his colleagues give voice to those rarely heard.
The strength of these incisive portraits, and the young people’s candid discussions about whom and what they really care about reflects the trust between the sixteen-year-olds and the photographers. It gives this project significant potency, and highlights how social background, gender, ethnicity and location influence a teenager’s life and ambition.
NORTHERN EYE presents a specially selected sequence of portraits from SIXTEEN’s major touring series to exhibit in Colwyn Bay’s newly opened Coed Pella building.