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Digital art project captures 24 hours of life in town
A photographic exhibition designed to capture 24 hours in the life of Tamworth has been completed and will shortly be going on public display in the Staffordshire town. After receiving more than a hundred images and video clips, organisers of the digital art project have now chosen the final 24 photos which will make up the Focus 24: 24 Hours in Tamworth exhibition. Focus 24: 24 Hours in Tamworth set out to highlight the beauty, the unusual, and the norm of everyday life in Tamworth, which boasts the medieval Tamworth Castle at the heart of the town.

Rajinder Sidhu
Rajinder Sidhu's photo is one of the 24 chosen for the exhibition


A total of 24 photographs, taken by 24 different photographers, have now been chosen to represent 24 hours in the life of the town. The selected 24 photos will be displayed for 24 days this September alongside a film that depicts 24 hours of moving images in Tamworth. The 24 photos and the film will be exhibited from Saturday 2 September when they will be put on digital display in Ankerside Shopping Centre, in Tamworth town centre. The selection of images was made by professional production company Acquismedia, which has been working on the project with Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team. The winners, who have been informed via social media, include Vic Brown, Beverly Sallis, Warren David Gregory, Nathan Gilliver, Kelvin Bastow, Coral Amber Catullo, Julie Grant, Kerry Farr, Pamela Rushton, Tarah Foley, Ricardo Bentes, Andy Nash, Ricky Hughes, Harry Hanslow, Roy Chambers, Thea Jane Lacey, Charles Alexander Turton, Emily Cowlishaw, Rajinder Sidhu, Lucy George, Jayne Deeley, Mark Burt, Alex Blaby, and Mark Harper.

Harry Hanslow
Alex Blaby used a black and white image of the local canal


Katie Banks from Acquismedia said: "We have been overwhelmed with the amount of entries that we have received with all submissions depicting so many beautiful and unusual elements of Tamworth. The selection process was a difficult one but we hope we have brought together a collection that will showcase the talent of the residents and the area itself. We would like to thank everyone who got involved and submitted photographs, the Facebook event itself is a fantastic digital exhibition." A number of free workshops have been running throughout August, where participants have learnt the fundamentals of film making. Workshops are still taking place at the Sacred Heart Church in Glascote Heath, between 6pm and 9pm for the 24 Hours film group to work with professional artists on their final edit on Thursday 24 August and Friday 25 August. No previous experience is necessary; all you need is a smart phone capable of shooting video. However, anyone who has specialist equipment is invited to bring it. Sessions will be led by Aquismedia and will include one-hour master-classes by visiting artists. The race is also on for participants to capture their moving pictures and edit a short video for Tamworth to be showcased alongside the Focus 24 Exhibition.

Harry Hanslow
Nature at its finest from Harry Hanslow


Councillor Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet member for Environment and Culture, said: "What an amazing project, there is a lot to show off and be proud of in Tamworth and the photos submitted really demonstrate just how beautiful the town is. The resulting exhibition and film will act as a historical legacy of Tamworth at this moment in time for future generations to enjoy. It is so exciting to see so many talented and creative people involved. I can't wait to see the great reveal and look forward to hearing more on the success of the workshops that are continuing till the end of August."

Ankerside Shopping Centre
Ankerside Shopping Centre will house the exhibition for 24 days


Focus 24: 24 Hours in Tamworth is part of the Arts in Unusual Spaces initiative, which has been funded by Arts Council England and will see art in all its forms popping up in unusual spaces across Tamworth during a two-year period. Workshops are open to anyone living in the borough of Tamworth. For more information or to sign up please contact Katie on 07454 777090 or email katie.banks@acquismedia.com For more information on Arts in Unusual Spaces, please visit the Tamworth Arts & Events website at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk
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Why? 24 Photos Give Insight Into Town
When: September 2 - 26
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Ankerside Shopping Centre, George Street, Tamworth B79 7LG
Cost: Free
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