Changing face of Northampton documented by student photographers

Date 27.02.2018

Northampton’s rapidly changing urban landscape will be the subject of a free public photographic exhibition at the University of Northampton.

Evolution will feature stunning images of current major redevelopment sites in the town centre, taken by second-year BA Photography students at the University.

Opening on Wednesday 28 February, the exhibition will focus on projects including the county council’s new Angel HQ, Phipps Brewery, the University’s Waterside Campus and the conversion of the Royal Mail sorting office in Barrack Road into a secondary school.

This is the fifth year the project to document the changes in the town has been running.

“This exhibition is incredibly important for Northampton and its residents,” said Richard Whitehead, Photography Programme Leader.

“It ensures the major changes the town is currently undergoing will be properly documented for posterity, with the photographs effectively becoming important historical records.

“This is tremendous boost for our undergraduates, who are also benefiting from having their work exhibited for the public to enjoy – so the overall project gives their portfolios a real extra edge.”

Tomos Griffiths, who will have his work exhibited at the gallery, said: “Being involved in this long-term project on the redevelopment of Northampton has been a real privilege, seeing the town grow and develop.

“As students, I believe it is important that we push visual arts and continue to exhibit work of the local area to establish an identity. We have some very talented students that need a platform to exhibit their work, and this show gives them that platform.”

Evolution opens to the public on Wednesday 28 February and runs until Thursday 8 March at the University’s Avenue Gallery, Maidwell Building, Avenue Campus, St George’s Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD.

The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.