Julian Germain - Classroom Portraits At Towner Eastbourne
Renowned British photographer, Julian Germain launched his exhibition: The Future is Ours, Classroom Portraits 2004-2015 at Towner Gallery Eastbourne last night. The exhibition is the culmination of 8 years photographing 461 classrooms, from the UK to the Middle East.
The exhibition explores many themes capturing students within their educational environments, the various cultures expressing similar desires and interests, the classroom perhaps, being a leveller, a place for youth to engage in their worlds, to learn.
Eastbourne schools were recently included in the project, West Rise Junior School; The Cavendish School; The Bishop Bell School and Motcombe Community School. Students and staff from the schools attended the opening night, last night,
Germain gave a series of interesting talks about his work, with intriguing insight to how the project was perceived by those taking part, as well as personal stories of his experience during its production.
Legendary BBC presenter, David Dimbleby was in attendance in his role as Chair of the Board of Trustees. A keen supporter of the arts, as a Sussex resident, he champions the Towner fantastically.
Obviously, I am biased, but it is great to see such a fantastic photography exhibition as a headline act at Towner. I highly recommend you visit the exhibition which is on until 10th January 2016. and it's FREE ADMISSION!
The exhibition has come from The Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, curated by Frits Gierstberg who attended the install and remained onsite to support Germain during the opening night.