A new photographic, creative writing and art exhibition celebrating the diverse identity of Moss Side comes to The Powerhouse.

Powerhouse Portraits explores the intergenerational lives and stories of the area’s residents. The multi-format collection features vivid reflections of people and place from those engrained in the community.

99 disposable cameras, sketchbooks and notebooks were issued to 40 participants, ranging from 8 to 87 years old, who took photographs and wrote about their lives and experiences for the exhibition and an accompanying magazine.

Participants worked over a period of six weeks in a series of eighteen workshops, led by artist Leo Macdonald Oulds, photographer Ian Johns and local poet Nasima Bee in three groups, 8-12 years old, 13-18 years old and senior/adults.

This exhibition also includes a 30-year retrospective from photographer Ian Johns, who originally graduated from Jamaica School of Art and has been determined to challenge negative stereotypes of Moss Side’s African Caribbean community.

Powerhouse Portraits will be open until Tue 31 Oct.

Sat 29 Jul - Tue 31 Oct, Moss Side Millennium Powerhouse,
140 Raby Street, Moss Side Manchester M14 4SL
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Mon 31 Jul 2023