ENGAGE the Trail
ENGAGE the Trail
Photography workshops, activities & exhibitions for groups & individuals of all ages & abilities across the Trans Pennine Trail.
Photography workshops, activities & exhibitions for groups & individuals of all ages & abilities across the Trans Pennine Trail. Read more
ENGAGE the Trail is a simple idea but one that the Trans Pennine Trail and I believe will be effective in drawing people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to share their experience of the Trans Pennine Trail through the creative medium of photography.
The Trans Pennine Trail is an internationally recognised and exciting route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders linking the North and Irish Seas, passing through the Pennines, alongside rivers and canals and through some of the most historic towns and cities in the North of England.
The Trail from coast-to-coast between Southport and Hornsea is 215 miles long. There is also a north to south route connecting Leeds and Chesterfield, a spur to York and a spur to Kirkburton meaning there are approximately 370 miles of Trans Pennine Trail to explore. In 2014 over 1.4 million people visited the Trail.
Our proposal is to initiate a series of mobile photographic workshops and exhibitions that engages as many of the Trans Pennine Trail visitors as possible through participation in creative, fun, learning activities. These events and activities will take place directly out on the Trail and visit the surrounding communities of the Trans Pennine Trail. We are using photography as a familiar and accessible creative platform that will enable participants, visitors and surrounding communities to enhance their experience and, form a deeper understanding of what an environment like the Trans Pennine Trail can offer.
Our Aims and objectives...
- Engage the community of the Trans Pennine Trail.
- Engage the Trail as a resource for facilitating creativity and expression.
- Engage and inspire people to use the Trail.
- Engage those on the Trail to articulate and share their experience through photography.
Community photography is the public using photography to communicate with others embracing all aspects of the world around us. The Trans Pennine Trail (Awarded the National Lottery 'Amazing Space' 2006) and its surrounding communities offer a focus and wealth of diversity in subject material whilst also offering the unique opportunity to exhibit the photographic imagery. Some of the subject areas that we would like to encourage the community of the TPT to photographically approach are the historical aspects of the Trail such as old train lines and local customs, portraiture of Trail users and local characters and, the obvious beautiful, natural and bio-diverse landscape of the area.
With its varied landscape of open countryside to industrial urbanization, we want to show the world the beauty of this part of our country. In keeping with the character and environment of the Trans Pennine Trail, ENGAGE the Trail will be using public transport and bicycle to transport its workshops and resources and therefore form the ability to closely connect with the participants and communities involved in the activity. Imagery created will be exhibited out on the Trail, viewable online, and published in printed material that the Trans Pennine Trail produces.
We are here to ask for your support to raise as much funds as we can. We have set our funding goal at a level that will enable us to purchase basic equipment and resources to run some of the workshops and activities. The more funds we can raise, the greater the number and diversity of participant, audience and communities that we will be able to ENGAGE with.
Over the coming weeks, I will be cycling across the Trans Pennine Trail in order to raise awareness for the project, make connections and capture some of the beautiful scenery with my camera. This will be a photography tour in which I will cover the distance of the Trail in sections. I will be allowing myself time to capture imagery whilst also exploring the Trail to its full extent.
We have put together a range of rewards in return for the support you can offer, from a simple donation to an opportunity to own a limited edition photographic print. We are also able to offer advertising space on a display banner at our events and activities out on the Trail. Perhaps, if you are part of business that believes this would be beneficial, the option is available for you to consider.
If you require any further information about the project before you pledge, please do not hesitate to contact me. Your interest and support in the project is greatly appreciated and I thank you for taking the time to ENGAGE the Trail.
Risks and challenges
We have big plans for ENGAGE the Trail but we just need that little kick of funding to start the ball rolling. We know the audience is there for ENGAGE the Trail, we just want the means to offer a quality, supportive, learning and creative experience through the project. The successful pledges through Kickstarter will allow us to match fund towards larger funding awards and grants. This would allow the project to begin reaching its full potential and maximising the opportunities we have. If the larger funding application is unsuccessful, then we still have have the means to begin the project and start engaging the community of the Trans Pennine Trail with a more basic level of equipment and resources. In relation to this, then every pledge does count and you are sincerely thanked for your generosity. It maybe the case that the road (or Trail) takes a little longer to climb, but we have every confidence we will reach our vision.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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