8 April - 29 May : Free Entry
Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 6pm
L A Noble Gallery in partnership with Four Corners and kindly supported using public funding by Arts Council England were delighted to announce the forthcoming exhibition.
Shot over 25 years ago on the Lion Farm Estate, in Oldbury, in the West Midlands, Robert Clayton’s images capture life on a housing estate in the early 1990’s. The work that was displayed masterfully exhibited the real lives of those living there during this time coupled with an appreciation of the architecture which surrounds them. This insightful glimpse into the past is particularly relevant today as social housing in the UK erodes still further, with the welfare state ideology that created public housing worn down by greed and gentrification. Taken from his book of the same name, this exhibition is perfectly placed to serve as a tacit reminder of the need for social housing and the beauty of community.
Tuesday 12 April: 18.00 - 19.00
The screening of the London premier of Robert Clayton’s new short film Estate with commentary by Jonathan Meades. Following this, an ‘in conversation’ (with Robert and LANG Director and curator of the exhibition Laura Noble) discussed the work and its greater social implications reaching to the present day. We then invited the audience to participate in a Q&A.
Free Workshops Announced
Sat 16 April: Artist Led Workshop
Time: 11.00 - 18.00
12 places available*
This advanced, full-day workshop was open to anyone over 18, and would have been ideal for those with an interest in pursuing photography both personally and professionally. The day began with a talk from Robert Clayton and discussion on all aspects of his work. Participants then go off-site to explore and take photographs locally under Clayton’s technical and theoretical guidance. Upon returning to Four Corners a group discussion and critique of a selection of the resulting images will take place. Participants were invited to bring a small portfolio (max 20 images) for a group tutorial.
Thurs 21 April: Young people aged 14 - 25
Time: 15.30 - 18.30
12 places available*
Talk by Robert Clayton on his work and how participants can use photography to connect with their local environment, with a focus on community and architecture. To be followed by an exploration of the local neighbourhood, taking photographs under Clayton’s technical and theoretical guidance. Upon returning to Four Corners a group discussion will be held to help edit and sequence the resulting photographs.
*Participants for both workshops were asked to bring their own digital camera. This can include camera phones.
An excerpt from the film 'Estate' can be found here
View Clayton's full profile here