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Submit Photos And Videos For 24 Hour Snapshot Of Tamworth
Both amateur and professional photographers and filmmakers are being invited to attend a special workshop aimed at encouraging them to get involved in a digital arts project in the Staffordshire town of Tamworth. The aim of the Focus 24:24 Hours in Tamworth project is to capture a snapshot of a day in the life of the town through the use of either photos or film.

Alex Blaby, Focus 24:24 Hours In Tamworth
Alex Blaby's entry for the Focus 24:24 Hours In Tamworth project

Since launching Tamworth's first ever digital art project at the end of March, more than 30 people have collectively submitted over a hundred images and video clips. But to help encourage even more entries, organisers of Focus 24:24 are to hold a drop-in session on the Upper Lawn of Tamworth Castle Grounds between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 22 April. The free workshop will enable budding snappers and film-makers to obtain practical tips and expert advice from Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team as well as production company acquismedia, professional photographer Ming de Nasty and filmmaker Rachel Gillies who are also working on the project.

Focus 24:24 Hours In Tamworth, Michelle Turton
A photo of Tamworth Castle Grounds by Michelle Turton

The project invites amateurs and professionals alike to submit photographs and video footage of people, places and objects within Tamworth, as well as their experiences of the town, at all hours of the day. A total of 24 pictures, taken by 24 different photographers, will then be chosen from all the eventual entries to represent 24 hours in the life of the town. As well as being displayed individually, the selected 24 photos will also be incorporated into a film called 24 Hours in Tamworth, which will be created using the submitted video footage. The April 22 workshop coincides with a St George's Day Festival within Tamworth Castle Grounds.

Focus 24:24 Hours In Tamworth, Victoria Forry
An image of stained glass by Victoria Forry

Katie Banks of acquismedia said: "Throughout the St George's Day event we will be offering themed 30-minute workshops. Each will have a different technical focus and people can sign up on the day. We will also have an artist based in the Arts and Events gazebo all day for anyone who wants to pop in and talk about the project or get specific advice on their film or photography." At the same time, professional photographers and film-makers involved in the digital arts project are available to visit Tamworth-based community group or business keen to feature in Focus 24:24 Hours. For more information, please contact

Kelvin Bastow, Focus 24:24 Hours In Tamworth
Tamworth at night by Kelvin Bastow

Focus 24:24 Hours in Tamworth is part of the Arts in Unusual Spaces project, funded by Arts Council England, which will see art in all its forms popping up in unusual spaces across Tamworth during a two-year period. The chosen photos and the new Focus 24:24 film will be exhibited for 24 days, starting on Saturday 2 September, when they will be put on digital display in Ankerside Shopping Centre in Tamworth town centre to coincide with this year's We Love Tamworth event. Andrew Barratt, Tamworth Borough Council's Corporate Director for Growth, Assets & Environment, said: "This digital art project invites people to capture the people and places that make up everyday life in Tamworth, featuring everything from the norm to the unusual. The resulting exhibition and film will act as a historical legacy of Tamworth at this exact moment in time."

Beverley Sallis, Focus 24:24 Hours In Tamworth
Beverley Sallis's unusual take on Tamworth

He added: "We've been quite amazed at the response so far with some wonderful images and interesting videos of the town's scenery, landscapes and buildings being submitted. It would now be nice to get some more photographs and videos featuring the people of Tamworth. I'd encourage any budding photographers and filmmakers to attend the next workshop during the St George's Day festivities, where they will be able to get some top tips from the professionals. This is shaping up to be an exciting and memorable project and I'm looking forward to seeing what else is still to come." Photographic and video submissions can be uploaded to the Focus 24:24 Hours in Tamworth event, on the Tamworth Arts & Events Facebook page. Entrants must provide their name, age and time the photo or video was taken. Entries must be submitted before 5pm on Friday 2 August. Further information on Arts in Unusual Spaces can be found on the Tamworth Arts and Events website.
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Why? Play Your Part In Tamworth Digital Art Project
When: Saturday 22 April
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, The Holloway, Tamworth B79 7NA
Cost: Free
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