Projects & Exhibitions

Projects & Exhibitions

FEASTival People – 2018

Commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Jerome spent the summer of 2018 visiting local food growers to examine the impact locally-produced food is having on communities in the city of Hull.

The project helps to tell the story of Freedom Festival’s ‘FEASTival’, an enormous community meal of locally grown food, shared by 1,500 people, prepared by dozens of volunteers. FEASTival’s Creative Partner is Artlink, and Deliver Partner is Timebank Hull & East Riding. The FEASTival People pamphlet presents portraits of people encountered by Jerome, and was gifted to visitors at the festival.

“FEASTival, I have found, is about something altogether more nourishing than just locally grown food – it’s about friendship. I’ve met people who grow and eat together to improve their English language. I’ve met children who get grubby after school to make friends and learn skills for life. I’ve met people whose homes are happier, because of the time they spend watching the clouds float by from their allotment shed.”

You can hear Jerome’s podcast conversations with local growers, and see the FEASTival People portrait series, by searching for #freedomFEASTival category on this website and on social media.

 

Off The Shelf – 2017.

Encounters between photographer Jerome Whittingham @photomoments and Hull Library Services – an installation of photographs.

[photo © Rebecca Robyns]

Looking back over recent years this playful installation documented Hull Library Service’s support for the arts in the city of Hull – from Jerome’s perspective. Comprising over 200 images by the photographer, from many events, including: Humber Mouth Literature Festival, Heads Up Festival, The Big Malarkey, Untold Hull, and more.  The images were presented as an installation constructed from over 200 cardboard boxes, printed by Garthwest Ltd – Hull’s globally renowned packaging company.

Funded by Hull Culture and Leisure, and The James Reckitt Library Trust.

The installation was on display in Hull’s Central Library and cafe between September and December 2017, and is currently forming smaller installations in libraries across the city.

 

African Contemporary Voices – 2016.

These Contemporary Voices for the ‘Africans in Hull and East Yorkshire’ project are collections of oral histories made by people of Black African heritage who have or have previously had a connection with Hull and East Yorkshire before 2007. The stories that were collected reflect aspects of their lives or their family’s lives which relate to their African origins and to more recent experiences within this region.

This commission was completed in 2016/17 for the ‘African Stories in Hull and East Yorkshire’ project, forming part of a larger exhibition at Hull’s History Centre in Summer 2017.  The project was mainly funded by Untold Hull. Untold Hull is an oral history project that records the stories and experiences of people who live, have lived or have experienced the city of Hull in some way. The 30 stories appear as audio recordings or videos and can be listened to and watched on the Untold Hull website. They will become a permanent part of the digital collections of Hull History Centre and Hull Library Service forming a unique social history archive.

Untold Hull is part of Hull Culture & Leisure Ltd and is funded by the James Reckitt Library Trust.

Here’s the project’s website:

https://www.africansinyorkshireproject.com/contemporary-voices.html

 

Moved – stories of poignant artistic experiences – 2015.

Most people can pinpoint one experience of art – a piece of music, an image, a film, a fashion statement – that impacted upon their life, made them stop in their tracks and consider their situation. Art has an influence upon our lives, moving us, changing us, forming our identity, shaping the culture of our communities.

This interview and portraiture project explored art’s impact upon prominent individuals in Hull, adding to the conversation in the city about the value of the arts to our communities, and revealing untold stories of how art has moved those who, in turn, influence the city.

Moved was an Untold Stories commission for Hull City Library Service and Art for Hull.

www.moved.photomoments.me.uk

 

Butterflies and Battlefields – conflict with dementia in the home.

It is estimated by The Alzheimer’s Society that by 2015 there will be 850,000 people in the UK with dementia, many of whom will be undiagnosed.

 

Public awareness of dementia is ever-growing, few people have not witnessed at least something of its affects.  Yet, general understanding of dementia’s impact upon families is poor.  Stories of households’ conflict with this illness are going untold.

Butterflies and Battlefields ebook aims to illustrate, in a very accessible way, ‘What’s Happening?’ as familes respond to the conflict of dementia.

The ebook available from the project website is a collaboration between photographer Jerome Whittingham and writer Dave Windass, supported by the Humber Mouth Literature Festival’s special commissions programme 2014.

www.butterflies-and-battlefields.co.uk