Artist announcement – Picturing England’s High Streets

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The artist Tim Mills has been chosen for a photographic residency in Coventry as part of its High Street Heritage Action Zone scheme.

The residency is part of Picturing England’s High Streets, a three-year project that forms part of the national cultural programme for High Street Heritage Action Zones.

Tim will work alongside community groups to create a contemporary portrait of Coventry’s the Burges & Hales Street between now and 2024. He will work with local people to reimagine the high street, producing images that will become part of the Historic England Archive.

To host the residency, Photoworks and Historic England have partnered with the photography organisation GRAIN Projects and local partners.

Users of the high streets and the community are at the heart of Picturing England’s High Streets, and each selected photographer has a link to the local high street area.

Tim said:

“From the stories of my Dad’s red velvet wedding suit purchased on the Burges, my Mum’s performances at The Coventry Theatre on Hales Street, to my Aunt providing blindfolded mystery tours of the city in a wheelbarrow during the 1950’s, Coventry has always been central to my family’s history. My work explores photographic archives, memory, community and place and what that means for our future, so I am thrilled by the creative potential of this project during a significant moment for the city.”

Tim Mills will be working with Historic Coventry Trust, GRAIN Projects and local partners Culture Coventry, Coventry University, Coventry City Council and Coventry City of Culture Trust.

Tamsin Silvey, Cultural Programme Curator, Historic England said:

“Picturing England’s High Streets is an ambitious and long-running photography commission, that aims to get under the skin of our high streets and capture people’s hopes and dreams. To see this cohort of exceptional photographers come together is truly exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing them bring this commission to life.”

Tim Mills

Tim Mills, photographer

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