Summerskills to be featured in “Open for Business” – a national art project

From the “Open for Business” website:

Open for Business is the largely untold story of British manufacturing and industry through the lens of some of the world’s greatest photographers.

The UK’s traditional manufacturing base has been, and remains, critical to the success of the British economy, yet it is an under-reported story. The focus on Britain’s industrial skills has acquired even greater resonance following the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, which reminded national and international audiences of our history of innovation from Brunel to Berners-Lee.

Open for Business will focus on seeking out success stories, large and small, that reflect Britain’s changing industrial and cultural heritage. The programme will tell the story of British manufacturing, capturing the current landscape and its effect on people, community and culture through the unique international perspective of Magnum photographers. The programme celebrates the work, activities and lives of people who are often not much reached by or engaged with the arts.

Multistory is working in partnership with Magnum Photos to commission 9 world-renowned photographers to document and record manufacturing industries in 9 British cities.

We are delivering an education programme in partnership with Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), the UK’s leading innovator in connecting culture and education; and our media partner is the Financial Times Magazine.

The photographers begain shooting in February and will continue until September 2013, with a touring exhibition starting in February, 2014.