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From 1st August 18th September 2019

What’s it like to be sixteen years old in the UK now?

For this major touring project leading contemporary photographers joined forces with more than one hundred and seventy young people from diverse communities across the country to discuss their hopes and fears, and who or what inspires them. Using video, photography, writing, audio recordings, and social media this collaboration gives prominence to voices rarely heard.

Photographer Craig Easton conceived the project at the time of
the Scottish independence referendum when sixteen year olds were given the vote for the first, and so far, only time. Later he invited fellow photographers to join him and develop it across the UK.

Ropes & Twines presents a specially selected sequence of work
from the larger SIXTEEN portfolio. Sophie Gerrard’s quiet images of young people who share her love of the land in Scotland act as
 counterpoint to Craig Easton’s powerful, black and white series made in towns across the north of England. Alongside these are single, incisive photographs by Christopher Nunn and Michelle Snk who engaged with young people in Yorkshire and Hampshire.

Further SIXTEEN work is showcased in partnership with 
The Atkinson in Southport and Open Eye Gallery and Tate Exchange in Liverpool.

The exhibition opening will conclude at Ropes & Twines 7.30pm, Thursday 1st August 2019.

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