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The Rowner Photography Project

The official opening of the Rowner Photography Project

Ashcroft Arts Centre worked alongside First Wessex Housing Association and Motiv8 to recruit a group of  young people from the Rowner Estate in Gosport to work on creating their own photography exhibition.

The group worked alongside a professional photographer from Cass Productions to capture images of the regeneration of Rowner. The group learnt basic camera techniques as well as how to touch up and edit photographs. Well over three thousand images were taken and a selection of some of the best formed the exhibition which went to Search Museum, Gosport Discovery Centre, Nimrod Community Centre and First Wessex HQ in Portsmouth.

Feedback from some young people was:

‘I didn’t know much about photography, but now I feel I can take some really good pictures’

‘It has helped my confidence’

The Mayor of Gosport, Cllr Richard Dickson said:

‘The power of photographs to inspire young people and to get them to take pride in their community is huge. The Rowner Photography Project is a fantastic example of this.’

Deck the Barn

The Ashcroft Arts Centre worked with Burseldon Windmill and three local Primary schools to create a set of canvas banners for Chineham barn on the Windmill site.  Shamblehurst Primary, Freegrounds Juniors and Kings Copse Primary worked with a professional artist to design and make the banners. They were created to reflect the history and wildlife of the site and featured the history of milling and the Windmills female owner Phoebe Langtry. The banners were displayed on December 7th as part of the ‘Curious Christmas Circus’ event.

The children enjoyed the project immensely and were excited about the opportunity to work with members of the local community. They liked the chance to work with the artist and musicians because they were given the chance to work with specialists and try out new things that they hadn't done before. It raised awareness about the windmill in school as many of the children were unaware that it was on their doorstep and helped many children to begin to think about visiting the mill in the future. Kings Copse has enjoyed the opportunity to make links with the local community and look forward to supporting them again in the future.
Mike Earle – Teacher, Kings Copse Primary School

We thoroughly loved the opportunity to be involved in this project and would like to thank all who made it happen. The children really enjoyed the trip to visit the windmill, the activities were well planned, giving them a hands on approach to the workings of the windmill. The work they did with the artist was of such a high standard that we were not expecting what the children managed to achieve at the end of just one day. The quality was fantastic and I was very impressed. We are looking forward to having the banners back so we can display them at our school! Once again on behalf of everyone at Shamblehurst Primary thank you for letting us take part.
Victoria Symes – Teacher, Shamblehurst Primary

The Boy from Westbury Manor

School children creating an animation

The Ashcroft Arts Centre, Westbury Manor Museum and Search Museum worked with children from Ranvilles Junior school and local animator Matthew Dean to explore the history of Fareham focusing specifically on the Victorian era.

The children from school years 4,5 and 6 got to visit the hands on museum in Gosport, looked at Victorian objects and explored life above and below stairs. They then took a trip to Westbury Manor Museum to understand what life in Victorian Fareham was like. This research was brought to life through theatrical workshops where they came up with their story about a poor young boy who gets a job in Westbury Manor. Finally they spent two sessions working with a local animator to create the final animation. The film was displayed at The Ashcroft Arts Centre and Westbury Manor Museum.

This project was fantastic! The children got to take part in a great  experience with a whole range of activities that were well planned and delivered. The trip to Search Museum really engaged them in Victorian life and gave them interesting  and imaginative ideas that they could use later in the drama and animation sessions. I thought that the animator was great with the children and each child got the chance to participate in all aspects of the animating process, resulting in a final film that each child felt they owned. We would love to work on something with the Ashcroft again.
Karen Wright – Teacher, Ranvilles Junior School


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