It was an enormous pleasure working with Sam Ivin and the Appetite team on ‘Settling’, a new community photography archive in Stoke on Trent. Sam led workshops with people that have made their home in the city, working with individuals who had moved to Stoke following WW2 and those that were seeking asylum from present day war atrocities. A diverse range of stories, cultures, memories and visual references were represented.
Following numerous workshops hosted by community groups Sam worked with the team at the Big Feast Festival to curate a small display of people’s photographs.
Photography is part of the people’s journey; from the places, family and communities they left to their new lives in Stoke-on-Trent. Sam created an archive of photographs that spoke of arrival, familiar memories and new experiences, bold and brave journeys and extraordinary situations. The residency took place from June to September 2017 and we are now looking at ways in which we can sustain the activity and develop the archive.