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A new photography exhibition is heading from Stockton Central Library from Monday 23rd July until Monday 13th August, and we find out more by interviewing Adam Parkin, the man behind it.

Can you tell us about the exhibition?
My exhibition titled SIRF’s Up: 12 Years, 4 Cameras, 1 Festival is a photography exhibition of images from the past 12 years of Stockton International Riverside Festival. It focuses on images from the street theatre festival dating back from 2005 to the present day.

What inspired the exhibition?
The exhibition is inspired by the feedback I received on a similar exhibition I curated in 2016 at the Arc in Stockton. I have a large archive of images from the festival and decided that it was time that they were put on public display for others to enjoy.

What does SIRF mean to you?
SIRF is part of my history, It’s in my blood. I have been attending the festival since I was born and have been photographing it for a number of years. In recent years I have also been involved in working at the festival as part of the visitor experience team. It is a fantastic festival for the town and not only brings amazing acts and entertainment but it also brings out a great sense of community in Stockton.

What can people expect to see?
People can expect to see a wide range of images of various sizes of subjects including a fire high wire act, a fire bell and many more interesting images that will immerse the viewer into reminiscing about previous festivals.

Why did you choose this venue for the exhibition?
I decided that Stockton Library was a perfect venue as it a recognised venue with plenty of footfall and has a large space available to use to display my work. It is also a popular space for people to exhibit their art work. I have had the space booked in for over a year.

What’s next for you?
Firstly its SIRF 2018. There will be plenty of acts to photograph and capture more moments of the festival. Then I will be continuing to photograph and possibly look at hosting another exhibition in 2019. Maybe another exhibition about Stockton International Riverside Festival or something different. We will just have to wait and see.

Adam Parkin’s exhibition runs for Monday 23rd July until Monday 13th August at Stockton Central Library.

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