Thursday 12th May will see Bournemouth Pier transformed into an art gallery hosting the photographic work of local young women. The exhibition called Re:View, is the culmination of a photography project that has been taking place since January of this year.

It features archive images of Bournemouth Seafront, reproduced by permission of Bournemouth Libraries, and re-photography carried out by the young people. Re-photography is the act of repeat photography of the same site, with a time lapse between the two images, creating ‘then and now? photographs.

Re:View Photography Project has been designed to inspire, engage and up skill young women aged between 14 and 16 from the Boscombe area of Bournemouth. The young women were recruited from Avonbourne School and a total of 14 came along each week to learn about the art form which focused on a variety of genres including fashion and documentary photography.

The women worked alongside BA (Hons) Photography degree students from The Arts University Bournemouth who acted as their mentors. A professional photographer, Richard Jeffery, has also been involved, ensuring that the BA (Hons) Photography students were given the coaching and teaching skills necessary to offer support. Such experience in turn, helps the degree students develop project leadership skills and future employability.

One of the women whose photographs are featured is 16 year old Jessica, who explains: ‘I loved learning about the cameras and got to experience trying out different genres like documentary and fashion photography. Re:View has given me the foundations to develop my creative side with photography which I want to do more of in the future. Thank you to all involved for offering me this experience.’

Another, Lauren, stated; ‘Overall I have learnt a lot about photography but I have particularly enjoyed recreating the images of Bournemouth that were taken so long ago. It?s amazing to see how much the seafront has changed over time. I have had a brilliant experience and want to say a big thank you to all of the students that helped us!’

Avonbourne School’s Headteacher, Debbie Godfrey-Phaure praised the project, stating; ‘Students at Avonbourne have benefited enormously from the regular input from staff and students at The Arts University Bournemouth. To have access to such expertise is an amazing opportunity and the students have been enthusiastic in their praise for the staff and students involved. Of course, it is in the fantastic results that the real impact is seen and students have certainly developed the confidence and skills to continue to progress still further. Thankyou Re:view!’

The Re:View Photography Project has been organised by RELAYS (Regional Educational Legacy for Arts and Youth Sport), an innovative and ambitious project delivered through universities and cultural organisations in the South West of England. It aims to inspire young people and their communities to participate in, create and promote cultural and sporting activities; engaging the region with the London 2012 Games and creating a lasting legacy beyond 2012. RELAYS is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity that has been set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic Games.

The exhibition is also supported by the Bournemouth Seafront team as part of a series of events taking place on the local stretch of coast. They are also hosting ‘A Day At The Beach’ on Durley Beach (by the Durley Harvester) on 15th May: 10am – 4pm and Southbourne Beach (by the Bistro On The Beach) on 22nd May: 10am – 4pm. Both events will have a range of activities on offer for all to enjoy including free windsurfing sessions, trial military boot camp classes and art exhibitions.