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Weʼre raising £500 to CAP: Carnival Arts Photography

Notting Hill Carnival, 2019. W10 and W11, London, United Kingdom.

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Three things you already know about me… as far as I’m concerned W10 is the centre of the Universe, I love taking photos and most importantly….. CARNIVAL IS EVERYTHING!!!!!!

So it’s time to put this all into action….

CAP: Carnival Arts Photography is a community photographic project that I want to share this summer. One of the amazing things about Carnival is how much effort, work and dedication happens in the weeks that lead up to Europe’s biggest street party. Over the years, as a local resident I’ve grown to feel I have responsibility to do my part to make Carnival amazing for everyone who comes here to join our little party!

A Carnival Believer for 17 years, I never really got it until I became involved with 24Hearts over the last two summers. Yes Carnival is about having fun and a good party, but it’s really about communities of people coming together, and celebrating their heritage, and passing this on. I’ve also learnt how multigenerational the true Carnival spirit can be.....

From the Pioneers who come down to the park to ‘inspect’ our work, and tell us stories from back in the day. The the Mum’s and Dad’s bringing their little ones out for some arts and crafts, or walking them through their first parade. The teenagers and young adults spending their summer days rehearsing and fine tuning their skills in preparation for Panorama or getting costumes for Carnival Monday.

CAP: Carnival Arts Photography aims to share and celebrate these quiet and often unsung moments, and encourage the community to share, record and celebrate their experiences through reportage photography. To celebrate the good work they do when they finally get to Carnival Sunday or Monday! Not just through phones and Instagram, but through real reportage photography.

CAP aims to teach the joy of photographic reportage to record these moments, taking a real camera around with you, looking for that moment, and capturing it still in time. Seeing these photos in print, as Carnival street art or in a gallery. Giving the people in the community (who may not have had the opportunity before) to learn how to use a ‘real’ DSLR camera, to see their photos in print, to experience photography as a art-form, as a record of a moment in time.

With all that being said… in order to share CAP with the local W10 and W11 community, it will require funding. Carnival Village Trust is backing the project with the 10% that will be required from the Arts Council Projects Bid, should it be successful. However, it would be amazing to show community support, by raising an extra £500.

This money will be used for the trial prints, and test posters, that we need to test before the carnival lead up begins on the 19th July! It will also be used for start-up administration and marketing costs or to support volunteers when we get going.

With any funds that are left over, I will be donating them to Child Bereavement UK , one of the Charities that is supporting children effected by the Grenfel tragedy.

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      Vickie Parker

      Vickie Parker

      Notting Hill Carnival, 2019. W10 and W11, London, United Kingdom.

      Having been a 'A Carnival Believer' since my first experience 17 years ago, I started participating in creating Carnival street decoration, costumes and props in 2017. It's now time to start my own Carnival project....CAP: Carnival Arts Photography.

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