A uniquely effective, engaging and embedded cultural project that brings together artists, institutions and audiences in true collaboration.
Led by Curated Place and photographer Andrew Brooks the project provides a platform and focus enabling participants to experience and interrogate cities using photography, exploration, memory and identity to create new perceptions of urban environments. The project is a celebration of place, a renewal of outlook and a sense of ownership for local people so often lost in the increasingly privatised public realm of contemporary life.
The Secret Cities project focuses on engaging local groups through tours, workshops and a collaborative gallery-standard exhibition. It provides a platform for co-authorship by bringing together aspects of urban exploration, cultural heritage, architecture and art. Through digital image making the project seeks to explore and refresh mythologies around forgotten spaces. Secret Cities is recognised internationally and was named as one of Culture 24’s Best Photography Exhibitions in 2008.
Curated Place collaborated with lighting and technical wizard Nick Malbon to bring Brook's images to push the presentation and experience of Secret Cities into new immersive directions. The team explored new ways of displaying the exceptional hi-resolution images taking Andrew’s stunning photography from the gallery walls into a spectacular 320° projection environment. Immersion was supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
The project empowers local people to provide a new perspective and approach to the environments they live and work in. Participants are invited to share their own ideas about the city through location explorations, mentoring and photo shoot, followed by an intense Photoshop training session from one of the UK’s leading photographic and digital artists.