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Absent Presence - a college for girls photographic exhibition

The re-purposing of old buildings is vitally important if we are to celebrate our heritage and continue to value it in the future.

Built in 1888, the Ladies College was at the forefront of women’s education in the late 19th century and was one of only a handful of schools to prepare girls for university examinations.

Prior to re-development, JDC commissioned Stacey Yates, a documentary photographer and director with a specific interest in documentary storytelling. Stacey’s brief was to explore, record and archive the former Ladies College, from a perspective that considers the social importance of the building, not just as an important piece of 19th century architecture, but also as a space rich in layered narratives and personal memory – a place created out of strong desire to educate, inspire and support a culture of strong, confident and enquiring young women in an era of gender inequality.

In Partnership with CCaSM Gallery, we are delighted to collaborate with Stacey Yates by holding an exhibition of her work at CCaSM Gallery, Philips Street, St Helier from Thursday 28 June until Thursday 19th July.

The photographs serve as an evocative and personal reminder to many who passed through its spaces noting the success and subsequent outgrowth of this educational institution and celebrate a new residential chapter for this site – College Gardens.

Photographic prints and a book will be available to purchase at the exhibition.

Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm and Saturday 11am – 3pm

For more details please contact Chris Clifford 07797 714186 or Stephen McCoubrey 07564 063527 at CCaSM Gallery, Sommerville House, Phillips Street, St Helier.

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