In November 2009 we commissioned a photographer called Les Monaghan to capture life in our Breightmet neighbourhood, including its people and the physical environment. The project is called ‘photobreightmet’ and was funded by the ‘Housing Percent for Art’ service.
A special exhibition capturing the physical and social conditions of the Breightmet area of Bolton was showcased at Bolton Museum & Art Gallery from February to April 23. Visitors to the museum were able to view a selection of images produced by photographer Les Monaghan during the six months Breightmet Photographer in Residence project.
The Breightmet Photographer in Residence project, and the ‘photobreightmet’ exhibition, is a prime example of how our ‘Housing Percent for Art’ scheme helps us to engage with communities through the arts.
The exhibition showcased the vibrancy of the communities on our estates. Les’s work has captured the close knit communities, engaging with the Breightmet people to portray family relationships, as well as interpreting the surroundings through his images.
Our Housing Arts Officers work within each of the Neighbourhood Management Teams to develop and deliver arts projects that focus on the Neighbourhood Renewal themes, providing opportunities for Boltonat Home to creatively engage with our customers, and for residents to improve the communities they live in through the use of arts in regeneration.
To preview some of the images which were showcased at the exhibition, visit http://lesmonaghan.blogspot.com.