The was hardly room to breathe as art fans, photographers, models, press and supporters packed the gallery space at Arts at the Old Fire Station on Friday 15th November to celebrate the launch of the ICON exhibition. Oxford Executive are proud supporters of the exhibition, which brought together Crisis artists with celebrated photographer Rory Carnegie to recreate a series of iconic British photographs.
Carnegie worked closely with a number of people who had previously been homeless to teach them about the different aspects of making a photograph – from composition and lighting to make-up and prop sourcing.
The resulting exhibition is a series of photographs representing some of the most recognisable and famous people, or moments, in recent British history – recreated by those who are often disregarded or ignored by society.
Among the stunning images on view, there are remakes of Charles and Di’s engagement photo, the 1966 World Cup win, the Spice Girls and The Beatles Abbey Road album cover. There also more poignant photographs portraying political and historic themes such as Bloody Sunday and the Second World War.
It may seem unusual for Oxford Executive Coaching to be supporting a photography project, but we did so because the business shares a very important belief with Arts at The Old Fire Station and that is that everyone can be brilliant.
Paul says, “Arts at The Old Fire Station is an amazing organisation that believes that art is for everyone and that everyone has potential. Art has the power to engage, to thrill, to challenge people. It can give people confidence and resilience, a voice, new skills and enable connections across communities and society.
We’re aiming to do the same thing – to support people to release their potential by helping them to develop their confidence, to believe in themselves and their skills as leaders and so to improve the performance of the organisation they work for.”
It was an honour to be able to share this joyous evening with everyone who has participated in the project. If you want to take a look at the ICON exhibition go to https://oldfirestation.org.uk/exhibitions/icon/