High Street Culture
Find out what’s coming up in our four-year programme of cultural activity across England's High Streets Heritage Action Zones, continuing until 2024.
As part of a three-year project led by Photoworks to create a contemporary picture of England’s high streets, we are asking for your photos.
The project continues until September 2023. You can still submit your high street photos for a chance to be included in the Historic England Archive, the nation’s archive for England’s historic buildings, archaeology and social history.
We will post a new challenge every fortnight on a different high street theme: from celebrating local high street heroes that make our places so special, to capturing favourite hang outs and meeting places, to recording the hidden heritage of our high streets. Here’s how to take part:
To complete the challenges – fronted by photographers, celebrities and community leaders – you will need to visit your local high streets and discover the secret stories of these places of commerce, conversation and community.
The most evocative photographs will be featured on the Picturing High Streets Instagram channel and be considered for entry into the Historic England Archive.
Photographs should be suitable for a public platform and taken on a high street in England.
When your image contains people, in some circumstances you will need to use the Picturing High Street consent form. Street photography containing people, but where an individual is not the focus of the image, does not require a Consent form. However, a photograph of an identifiable individual in a private or public setting does require a Consent form.
If needed, please download the Consent form below and send it to [email protected]
Please make sure you get the subject's permission to use their image if their face is clear and recognisable in your photograph. Please get their consent by asking them to fill in this form. We cannot exhibit or archive photographs without the subject's consent.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
‘Picturing High Street' is a project run by Photoworks (of 28 Kensington Street, Brighton, East Sussex, England, BN1 4AJ with Charity Number: 1053208), on behalf of the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England of 4th Floor Cannon Bridge House, 25 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2YA ("Historic England") ("the Project"). The Project involves a yearlong nationwide call (September 2022 - September 2023), facilitated by Photoworks and partners, inviting people to submit their own contemporary images of the high street via a dedicated Instagram channel. These images will form an unofficial digital library, creating a snapshot of the high street today. A selection of the photographs will be used for outdoor exhibitions where they may be displayed on billboards, posters, in shop windows and may be considered for accession into the Historic England Archive.
These terms and conditions constitute an agreement between you, Photoworks and Historic England ("we" "us" OR "our").
You retain all copyright of your photography, however you grant Historic England, Photoworks and our Project partners (as more particularly defined below) a non-exclusive licence to use any photography submitted by you for the purposes of the Project and related activities for the Project term of 28 September 2022 to 1 January 2025. Our Project partners include Open Eye Gallery; Grain Projects; QUAD/FORMAT; Photofusion; Redeye; Black Country Visual Arts/ReFramed; PARC (Photography and the Archive Research Centre); London College of Communications, The Photographers' Gallery; Impressions Gallery and any other parties we may authorise from time to time (each an "Authorised Party" and together the "Authorised Parties").
For the purpose of this Agreement photography means the photography and other content (your photography, associated text and tags, name, Instagram profile, story and website) provided by you ("Photography") for the purposes of the Project and related activities.
We may make alterations to these terms and conditions from time to time. If you continue posting and sharing your Photography, this will indicate your acceptance of these terms and conditions as altered. We may notify key changes to you by putting a notice on our websites, but you should review these terms and conditions from time to time to ensure you are aware of any changes. We have agreed the following:
Where it is possible to do so, we will credit you as an author of the Photography or as a contributor to the Project.
Any failure by us to accord such credit and any failure by any third party to accord such credit shall not constitute a breach of these terms and conditions by us.
You acknowledge that we are a data controller for the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and, when in force, the Data Protection Act 2018 ( "Data Protection Legislation "). It is important that you read, understand and comply with our policies, notices or other information regarding personal data.
You shall, in relation to any personal data processed in connection with your obligations under this agreement, notify us immediately if you:
receive a data subject access request (or purported data subject access request);
receive a request to rectify, block or erase any personal data;
receive any other request, complaint or communication relating to either party's obligations under the Data Protection Legislation;
receive any communication from the Information Commissioner or any other regulatory authority in connection with personal data processed under this agreement;
receive a request from any third party for disclosure of personal data where compliance with such request is required or purported to be required by law; or
become aware of any data loss.
If you have any questions about these terms and conditions, please contact
Please do not fill out / send this form unless requested by someone from the Picturing High Streets team via direct messages (DM) on Instagram. At this stage, this does not mean that you are through to the judging process. We will be contacting people via DM to communicate who will go through to the judging process.
This is part of a three-year commission delivered by Photoworks as part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme, the largest ever community-led arts and heritage programme. In addition to the year-long call out, six artists, selected via open call, are undertaking residencies at six high street locations across England. The selected photographers are using a socially-engaged approach, working alongside local communities to create a contemporary portrait of England's high streets between now and 2024. The images they produce will become part of the Historic England Archive.
The Photoworks commission is part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zones Cultural Programme, led by Historic England.
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