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Exhibition offers a window into the mutual support provided by Weston Colville residents through lockdown




An exhibition of photographs that was undertaken to celebrate Weston Colville and the villagers that came together to support each other through the Covid pandemic was held last weekend.

The exhibition for the project, called On the Threshold, was open between 11am and 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday in St Mary’s Church.

Supported by funding from the Arts Council, the project took place between April and May, and saw portraits taken of 93 of the 200 or so households in the village, which is a few miles from Haverhill, all standing on their doorsteps, by a team of 11 volunteer photographers.

Some of the photographs taken for On the Threshold projected on to large canvasses for the exhibition in St Mary's Church, Weston Colville. Picture by Mark Westley
Some of the photographs taken for On the Threshold projected on to large canvasses for the exhibition in St Mary's Church, Weston Colville. Picture by Mark Westley

The exhibition also included three films made during the lockdown this year by the Granta Vale Benefice.

Jane Pryor, lead artist and project manager, said: "All the participants, all 93, have received a printed photo of their portraits, so they all either collected them from the exhibition or, if they didn't make it to the exhibition, they will be receiving one through their doors."

One of the volunteer photographers said: "Connection after isolation in this inspiring, creative way has been wonderful and very heart warming."

Some of the volunteers involved in the On The Threshold project in Weston Colville outside St Mary's Church. Picture by Mark Westley
Some of the volunteers involved in the On The Threshold project in Weston Colville outside St Mary's Church. Picture by Mark Westley

And a visitor to the exhibition said: "It was a really good experience, including seeing so many people again both in person but also on screen, the photos were terrific.

"Such a delicately balanced presentation around the church."

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