The NE VOICE Photographic Institute, based in small urban site in Newcastle upon Tyne, looks to bridge the division between school and work-life by teaching photographic skills to young people; helping them to further understand the built environment, build their confidence and strengthen an ownership of the city. Research into this area has been reinforced by the NE6 VOICE project (exhibited at the Great North Museum) where we asked a group of young people to record their local area through everyday photography.
Alongside teaching spaces, the institute contains processing facilities, studios and extensive archives of social documentary photography from the North East, including the renowned images of the Amber photographic group. The spiral circulation of the institute forms one continuous gallery, with exhibitions lining the public route up through the building. Momentary views across the city are afforded by selective 'Lenses', which focus viewers' eyes across the rooftops and towards key parts of the Newcastle and the Quayside.
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