Redcar Faces

Client:
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Category:
Permanent Outdoor Exhibiton

We curated, manufactured and installed a permanent outdoor gallery compromising of over twenty large format photographic portraits at Redcar train station.

Formerly in disrepair and with a shallow platform offering visitors a sight blighted by litter and fast food advertising we worked with landscape architects to create a warm welcome by showcasing some of the nicest and friendliest people in town. Using classic black and white portraiture shot by our in-house photographer Asia Werbel we produced test panels for our clients followed by a full set of final images which were silkscreened and then kiln-fired onto vitreous enamel steel panels.

Our subjects were nominated for inclusion democratically by the community themselves and included a wide mix of young and old and ranged from the local ice cream salesmen to the Punch and Judy puppeteer to those that have given important contributions to their town, a saver of fishermen, a local busker.

The overall process brought an entire community together with councillors and key community members meeting often for the first time. The result of Redcar Faces was an alternative and extremely positive approach to how a town presents itself to the outside world.