With everything from crazy hairdressers to a fire high wire, a photography exhibition giving a unique insight into 12 years of Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) launches at Stockton Central Library on Monday 23rd July.
The exhibition, ‘SIRF’s Up: 12 years, 4 Cameras, 1 Festival’ is the brainchild of local photographer, Adam Parkin, who has been capturing the electric atmosphere of the annual arts festival through a lens for a number of years but has been attending the festival since he was born in 1991.
With over 12 years worth of photographs of the festival, it has been a difficult task for Adam to curate this collection of images. Adam said: “It has been a fantastic experience curating this exhibition. Revisiting memories of previous festivals and this exhibition will give the viewer the chance to be immersed in the history of the festival. I am excited to showcase my images of SIRF not only to the people of Stockton but to the performers and visitors from further afield and hope to give others the opportunity to reminisce about the festival.”
“SIRF is an important part of Stockton’s event’s calendar and brings a lot of entertainment to the town”
Adam Parkin graduated from CCAD in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Photography. He specialises in events photography and loves to capture live entertainment. His interest in photography started when, as a child, he used to take photos of events such as SIRF using a disposable camera.
Adam continued: “SIRF is an important part of Stockton’s event’s calendar and brings a lot of entertainment to the town. I have been attending the festival for so many years that I’ve found it hard to pick my favourite SIRF memory, but I’ve especially enjoyed the large scale walk-about shows such as ‘Les Giraffes’ and ‘Les Tambours De La Meurte’ because you are fully immersed in the performance.”
To coincide with the exhibition, Adam has been working with Rediscover Stockton and local shops and businesses to display a montage of images in their windows to help promote the exhibition and the festival.
The exhibition is on display from Monday 23rd July until Monday 13th August on the first floor of Stockton Central Library and can be viewed during library opening hours (please check Stockton.gov.uk/libraries for opening times).