Mind The Gap

St Phil’s Camera Club offer their take on the effects of widening gaps in society.

Funding from NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group enabled CSCA to commission local arts and mental health charity Start, to deliver some photography sessions with St Phil’s Camera Club. Lead photographer Sian Roberts worked with the group to produce a collection of images that show the levels of inequality and the difference between wealth and poverty in Salford.

An exhibition of the images was opened by Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett on 21st July 2017 at Salford Central Train Station and was viewable by passers by for ten days until 1st August.

80 images were on display around the station and in a one off newspaper printed for the project. The images were taken by local photographers Sandra Tracey, Michael Kelly, John Connolly, Christine Nolan Potter, Graham Ashworth, Gillian Roberts, Simon Waters, Kayleigh Rose, Michael Gleave, James Inglis, Donald McIntyre, Rees Thompson and Mike Aspinall.

Chris Doyle, coordinator of the camera club, said: “CSCA want to help people to tell stories that matter to them, and this project is about working with Salford people to highlight the inequalities they see every day in their communities.

“We all have to deal with problems linked to inequality, and all of the photography group realise what they can do together and value the time and support they give each other.”

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Chris added: “The activities have been extremely helpful to our members’ confidence and well-being.”

Participant Christine Nolan Potter said: “Getting involved in St Phil’s Camera Club is the best thing I’ve ever done. I didn’t want to leave the house but now I’m really involved in the community and see more of my best friend.”

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Chapel Street Community Arts (CSCA) is a registered charity (no 1147650) based in Salford that develops creative community projects to help improve wellbeing and community identity in Salford.

Salford Mayor Paul Dennett said: “I’m determined, through working in collaboration with our partners and residents in Salford that the City Council will see our anti-poverty drive as our number one priority.

“This year’s budget will go some way towards alleviating poverty but we all have a part to play if we’re to truly tackle the underlying causes – low pay, expensive housing and increasing cost of living.”

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