Liz Ball, independent curator, artist and director of Iris artistic platform, discusses her project, WA which she carried out as part of a new Socially Engaged Art Practice module introduced in Sept 2016. The module encourages students to consider the role of photography within a collaborative or participatory environment and aims to raise questions around our understanding of socially driven art projects.
The WA Project is designed to provide an ongoing platform for the unspoken voice
of a generation utilising socially engaged art, creating a reality that requires a
reaction. The title comes from the district WA Postcode, also known as the Warrington Postcode This area is made up of 22 wards, which includes diverse communities from a cross section of both urban and rural locations.
The project concept revolves around Government, Local Government and
Borough Councillors semantics surrounding the most relevant issues of concern
to a defined a socio-demographic of an emerging 18-25 year-old voting constituency.
What are the key priorities and challenges. My project’s aim is to engage with the people in the Warrington community, to record their unspoken voice through a series of
It was my intention to give ownership of the image to members of the public within my defined social group. As an alternative to the traditional photographic camera, I provide two polaroid cameras so contributors can physically engage providing active encounters. Every photograph taken was captured by a member of the public in Warrington between the ages of 18-25
Ultimately my aim was to raise questions relating to governmental policy and the direct effects it can have on specific people within a specific community. Whilst my project is focused on Warrington, I feel it there are a number of towns and cities across the UK which share similar social and political issues.