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People Places Portraits – Creative People and Places Portrait Exhibition by Stephen King & Sarah Butler

3rd October 2018 @ 11:00 am - 10th November 2018 @ 4:00 pm

A photo of a woman behind a window. She is holding a tomato growing on a plant.

The Creative People and Places programme (CPP) spans 21 large-scale arts-led projects across the UK, of which Ideas Test is one. Each project aims to enable local people to take the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant art experiences in the places where they live.

Sarah Butler was commissioned, along with photographer, Stephen King, to create a series of portraits and stories from each CPP project to demonstrate the impact of the programme on individuals.

I am always astounded by how willing people are,” Stephen said, to take time out of their lives to meet with him, to share their stories. It seems that this willingness was a testament to the experiences these people had had with CPP: “they were so happy and proud of what they’d been involved in, they were happy to help.

Each participant was photographed in a place that had a relevance and poignancy to their story. These images and stories are each beautiful and meaningful in their own right. Together, they demonstrate the diversity of CPP: both in terms of geography and in engagement with the arts.

There are people who had never considered the arts relevant to them, who have discovered new experiences and opportunities and are hungry for more. Again and again, these people talk about growing in confidence; about the joy of feeling they are part of something bigger than themselves; about welcoming the opportunity to learn, to collaborate, to grow. This is a programme which is tapping into people’s passion for the places they live in, bringing people together to make those areas better, more vibrant and exciting places to be.


Find out more about the People Places Portraits project.

Learn more about photographer Stephen King‘s work

Visit writer Sarah Butler‘s website : http://www.urbanwords.org.uk/sarah/



3rd October 2018 @ 11:00 am
10th November 2018 @ 4:00 pm
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07713 865955


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