7 Jul 17
Dungeness B

Young photographers from Romney Marsh get their chance to shine

Opportunity to work with professional photographers allows pupils at the Marsh Academy to showcase their talents

Budding photographers from the Marsh Academy in New Romney are showing off their creative skills at an exhibition hosted at the visitor centre at Dungeness B power station this month.

The photos were unveiled at a special private viewing on Wednesday and show the work of 16 talented pupils aged from 12 to 18.

The event kicks off the JAM on the Marsh arts festival, which takes place across Romney Marsh until 16 July.

JAM (the John Armitage Memorial Trust) was set up in 2000 in memory of John Armitage who wanted to enable, promote, commission and support new artists in the UK.

Ed Armitage, Chairman and Artistic Director for the festival, said: “Now that fewer arts subjects are being taught in schools today, it is more important than ever that children get the opportunity to develop their creative and artistic skills. 

“And we can see from this exhibition that there is a great deal of natural talent right here on the Marsh.

“It is thanks to Magnox and EDF Energy that we have been able to put the exhibition on, as without their financial support the children would not have had the chance to be part of such a project.”

This is the first time that EDF Energy has been involved with JAM on the Marsh. Alison Prentice, Dungeness B visitor centre coordinator said: “It has been a pleasure to be involved in the festival this year. 

“Inviting the students to the power station will hopefully make them think a bit more about what line of work they’d like to take. Who knows, the artists of today could well be the engineers of tomorrow.”

Caitlin Davies, an art and photography teacher at the Marsh Academy who helped organise the event said: “The course has proved to be a fantastic opportunity for our students to get to work with professional photographers and have their photos on show to the general public.”

Mezelli Parker, 15, who also took the course in 2016 said; “I have absolutely loved it. I took part in the programme last year so I have really had the chance to develop my practical skills at home. The course has inspired me into looking at a career in the arts.”

The students have received mentoring and tuition from leading photographers Tristan Fewings and Justin Sutcliffe in the months leading up to the exhibition.

Justin said: “We were exploring some quite advanced concepts in the sessions so I am really proud that every single pupil has risen to the challenge and produced something new and different for the exhibition.”

The exhibition runs until 16 July and is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and admission is free.

Dungeness B visitor centre is also hosting a range of other activities throughout the summer for adults and children alike. For more information, including details on how to book a free tour around the power station, contact 01797 343728 or dungenessbtours@edf-energy.com.

For more details of other events taking place as part of the JAM on the Marsh arts festival visit: www.jamconcert.org

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.

It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.

EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.

The Better Plan is EDF Energy's framework for being a sustainable and responsible energy business and is an integral part of EDF's 2030 vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company, and champion of low-carbon growth. The Better Plan is underpinned by comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges visit: www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/