HND Photography students from Northumberland College have been
given the opportunity to shadow employees working at Manor Walks
Shopping & Leisure in Cramlington as part of their latest
'Behind the Shop Window at Manor Walks' will see 11 students
partnered with a selection of retailers, including Next, Boots,
Pets at Home, O2, Barclays, Asda, Vue Cinema, Three, Coffee As You
Like It and Poundland. Following the employees during their normal
working day, the project aims to capture the familiar yet
surprising role of a shopping centre worker.
James Davoll, a Photography Lecturer at Northumberland College,
said: "This is such a valuable and exciting opportunity for our
students to engage in a live project within a commercial
environment and we are delighted with the support which Manor Walks
has offered to those involved. Having exclusive access to
photograph subjects in a busy retail setting such as Manor Walks
will allow the students to challenge people's perceptions, whilst
significantly developing their coursework portfolios."
Bruno Coppola, general manager at Manor Walks, added: "Set in
the heart of the Cramlington community, we are thrilled to welcome
students from Northumberland College to the centre as part of such
an innovative project that is integral to their studies.
"We wanted to create a project in partnership with the course
tutors, which would put into focus the very people which make Manor
Walks such a warm and friendly place to visit. We've received a
fantastic response to the project from our retailers and from
visitors to Manor Walks who have been keen to watch our
photographers at work.
"I am certainly looking forward to welcoming our photographers
back to the centre as they showcase their final photographs during
a week-long 'Behind the Shop Window at Manor Walks' exhibition in
Following the completion of the project each student will
display their black and white and digital photographs taken at the
shopping centre during a free exhibition hosted by Manor Walks and
Digital Community Youth, at the Venue, which will be open daily
from Friday, November 22 to Friday, November 29 2013.
Digital Community Youth project manager Mick Harland said: "The
project has been a real talking point throughout the centre and we
are privileged to be hosting this fantastic community event at the
Venue. We will be open daily for visitors to explore the exhibition
and uncover the unseen lives of centre staff."