The final free-to-view exhibition of the summer season is now open in our main gallery space. ‘Not Our Future’ is a new photographic study by Paul S. Smith.

Having made their home in Wendover, Buckinghamshire a group of squatters have transformed a plot of land into a community space that opposes the construction of the ongoing HS2 expansion. The work Not Our Future considers the subjects and objects associated with both the structural and natural change within the camp whilst giving insight into how the land is being used to promote a positive angel of a thoroughly unique off-grid lifestyle.

Paul S. Smith is a Lecturer in Photography at Buckinghamshire College Group. His photographic work focuses on the alternative communities in the United Kingdom, Europe and America. In 2013 he was published and exhibited as part of the one-hundred photographers in New Dutch Photography Talent 2013.

In 2015 his work, focusing on the wastelands of South London, was shortlisted and exhibited for The Syngenta Photography Award at Somerset House, London; where the work went onto tour South America, at the Centro Cultural de São Paulo – Brazil, under the title: Scarcity-Waste. After completing a Masters in Research at the Royal College of Art in 2020 his current work considers the people, landscape and ephemera of North Edinburgh’s housing schemes. His project Martello Court is ongoing.

‘Not Our Future’ is free-to-view until 14 August. Click here for our summer opening days / times.

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