University Centre Colchester photography exhibition open at Waitrose and Partners

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An alumnus of University Centre Colchester, Carina Ioannou has been busy creating opportunities for past and current UCC photography students to showcase their work. As part of her ‘Graduate Volunteer’ role, Carina has started a partnership with Waitrose and Partners to create a photography exhibition in their public café. The exhibition gives students and alumni an external platform to not only display their work but engage with the community.

The exhibition opening took place on Tuesday 20th November at Waitrose and Partners in Colchester. Carina has previously been in contact with branch managers at Waitrose and Partners in June 2018 when she was a Photography student at UCC, receiving beverage donations for UCC’s annual degree show.

The exhibition will remain permanent and the work will be changed 2/3 times a year by students and alumni. Waitrose and Partners have kindly paid for all framing and printing that is needed to facilitate the exhibition. The sponsorship comes as part of Waitrose and Partners’ initiative to support the local community.
Kyle Fookes, photography student at University Centre Colchester has displayed his piece ‘Best Friends’ in the exhibition. He attended the exhibition opening and commented: “I feel a sense of accomplishment as photography is really what I enjoy. To have my work shown in such an early stage of my photography career is great. I am really thankful for UCC and find the course very fun and knowledgeable. The course has really helped me to improve as a photographer. This photo was one of the first I took with a DSLR.”
Pictured: Carina and Kyle.

Professional photographer and facilitator of the exhibition, Carina Ioannou commented: “Team Leader at Waitrose, Christina and I saw the café space as an opportunity to inspire, engage, enrich and unite the community that come here to establish and uphold partnerships. The photography here is created by local students and alumni who wanted to have a platform to positively connect with those partnerships. Additionally giving them the experience to display their work externally and develop themselves professionally and build confidence.”

Mark Partridge, Branch Manager at Waitrose and Partners in Colchester said:

“It’s great to finally see the art work on our wall and is the culmination of a building relationship between the community and Waitrose and Partners.

The pictures look great and we look forward to the wider public being able to see the students work. This is part of the Waitrose and Partners Community Matters scheme, which has seen support for over 300 local charities and organisations since the branch opened.”