Stockport based film & photography social enterprise SAZ MEDIA is hosting an exhibition on Saturday 1st September to celebrate the creativity, dedication and skills of 25 young photographers aged 12-17 from Stockport. The exhibition, which is free to attend, will take place from 11am – 6pm at Saz Media’s unit in residence on Adlington Walk in Merseyway shopping centre. Funds raised from the exhibition will be used for the next round of photography workshops delivered by SAZ MEDIA that support health and wellbeing.
25 young people attended the 5 week workshops that took them to different places around Stockport including Stockport County Football Club, Hat Works Museum, Reddish Vale, Underbanks and Merseyway Shopping Centre. Themes explored have been portraits, light paintings, sport, nature, still life and street photography.
The young people have developed communication, perspective and resilience skills. With young people saying that they felt, happier, more confident and able to express themselves better.
Sara Auty, Director said “The workshops have been extremely successful and have seen young people with low self esteem, mental health issues and Autism succeed in creating expressive and technical photographs, alongside making new friends, seeing different perspectives and building resilience. Our ultimate goal is to generate conversation around community and wellbeing through creative and engaging media. We are really excited to be opening the doors on Saturday 1st September and welcoming others to view the dynamic work thats been produced.”
Brendan Webb, Merseyway Centre Manager said: “Supporting the local community is incredibly important to Merseyway so when we learnt Saz Media needed a space to host its summer workshops we were only too happy to help out. The workshops have proved extremely popular and we’re very much looking forward to seeing the work produced at an exhibition at the centre this Saturday. Merseyway is passionate about initiatives run by local people for local people and we would encourage other organisations and small businesses to get in touch if they have an idea to creatively use space at the centre.”