A photography project with a difference is starting in Alexandria this month and people who live or work in the Vale are invited to join.
The free Community Voice photography workshops will give participants the chance to share their views of the area in both images and discussion.
The eight-week project is a partnership between local social enterprises Inclusive Images and Clydesider Creative and is part of the Scottish Government’s Place Standard conversations.
Amanda Eleftheriades-Sherry, Director of Clydesider Creative, explained: “Most people know Clydesider Creative from our community magazine but we offer a range of services and activities that provide people with different means of sharing their views and telling their stories.
“The magazine has covered a lot of the creative activities happening in Alexandria, particularly at the Loch Lomond Craft Centre and we were aware that the volunteers who set up the town centre shop wanted to be part of the regeneration plans for the area.
“So we were delighted to secure funding from the Scottish Government’s Place Standard fund to allow us to work with Inclusive Images and use photography as a means to encourage discussion and debate about the local community.
“The workshops are free and no experience or equipment is required – just an interest in the Vale, particularly Alexandria town centre.
“Each session will include basic photographic training then the group will be out and about capturing images of the area and sharing their opinions on everything from housing to shopping, traffic to trees.”
The workshops will run for seven weeks starting on January 30 in Alexandria C.E Centre from 1 – 4pm and will be followed by a Community Exhibition and open day on March 23, also in Alexandria C.E Centre.
The photography workshops are open to any resident of the Vale, but places are limited and need to be booked in advance.
Amanda added: “The information gathered during the workshops and at the community event will be used by Clydesider Creative to produce a report detailing local opinions and ideas for the area and will be a resource for any group or individual in the community to use however they see fit.”
To book a place or find out more contact: Charlie at Inclusive Images on 07502460273, email: email@example.com or pop into Loch Lomond Craft Centre, Mitchell Way, Alexandria and ask for Susan Maxwell.