Communities united with the Alchemy Project

A duck in Boston

A duck in Boston

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Two new exhibitions in Boston are set to give an insight into work being done to improve relations between different communities in the town.

The work of The Alchemy Project, which was set up to try to break down cultural barriers, will be showcased at Boston Borough Council’s offices in West Street from Friday, November 2, until Friday, January 4.

Members of the Boston communities taking part in the Alchemy Project's autumn photographic walk. Below: A photo of a duck taken by one of the walkers.

Members of the Boston communities taking part in the Alchemy Project's autumn photographic walk. Below: A photo of a duck taken by one of the walkers.

The first display, called I Am Me, features some of the 60 portrait photographs taken at the Boston Showcase event in September.

Those taking part were asked to write something about how they felt about their lives, where they lived and worked and what they were happy or worried about.

“We were astounded by the responses we got from people on the day,” said David Lambert of Lincoln-based cultural solutions UK, which co-ordinates the project for JUST Lincolnshire, the county’s equality and human rights organisation.

“So many wanted to have their photograph taken and to talk about what it’s like living in Boston in 2012 – good and bad, positive and negative. The result is a fascinating snapshot into real lives.”

The second exhibition features pictures taken by those who have joined in with the project’s free photography walks around the town, led by Boston-based social artist Katie Smith.

More walks, running into the New Year, have already been planned.

“The walks were a really simple idea which has brought people from all backgrounds and cultures together to share their love of photography and their love of the town they live in,” said David.

An exhibition features pictures taken by walkers, whose ages ranged from children to the elderly. Admission is free.

The Alchemy Project, which includes a programme of creative activities including writing, film making, drama, dance and music, will initially run until March 2013.

For more details about the project call 01522 836161.