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Museum shortlisted to win visit from Martin Parr

Museum shortlisted to win visit from Martin Parr

9 February 2012

Photograph from 'The Last Resort' series by Martin Parr

The People’s History Museum is very excited to learn that we have been shortlisted to win a visit from contemporary artist Martin Parr in Culture24′s Connect10 Museums at Night competition. 

Members of the public are invited to vote for us, or two other venues, to win a visit from Martin Parr.  We would be thrilled to bring Martin back to his student home of Manchester to talk about his work, inspiring young photographers living and working in the city.  We will also be running a competition inviting young photographers to submit their work on the theme of ‘Protest’. The winner will be announced at our special evening event during Museums at Night, Friday 18 to Sunday 20 May 2012, more details to follow on our website. 

Martin Parr is one of the museum’s favourite photographers and his work links perfectly with the collections and attitude of the PHM.  His subject matter, ordinary people, resonates with the extraordinary story of ordinary people that the PHM displays.  Martin studied photography in Manchester so his connection to the city will inspire young photographers living and working in Manchester. 

The PHM houses an archive of over 70,000 photographic images, charting the history of working people and the labour movement.  Martin’s work continues this tradition of documenting the world from a unique perspective.  During a 30 year photographic career Martin has chronicled the changing face of England, from the sublime and the ridiculous via the mundane and morbid. Martin uses an eye for the acute which saw him inducted into the hallowed Magnum Photographers group at the beginning of the 1990s.

Culture24 has now launched the Connect10 Museums at Night public vote to connect ten contemporary artists with ten museums.   The People’s History Museum is encouraging visitors to vote now!

The Working Class Movement Library in Salford has also been shortlisted, in a different category to the museum, to win a visit from photographer Simon Roberts.  To help our friends there, please vote for WCML as well.

Voting is open until 5pm Monday 5 March.