Breightmet in pictures 

Photo of two men shaking hands
Image by Les Monaghan

Bolton Museum is hosting a special exhibition which captures the physical and social conditions of Breightmet.

From Saturday, February 19 to Saturday, April 23, visitors to the museum can view a selection of images produced by photographer Les Monaghan during a six month Breightmet Photographer in Residence project.

Starting in November 2009, the ‘photobreightmet’ project was commissioned by Bolton at Home's East Neighbourhood Management Team, and funded by its Housing Percent for Art service.

The exhibition documents the Breightmet neighbourhood, including its people and the physical environment.

Les Monaghan said: “I lived and breathed ‘photobreightmet’ throughout the project, photographing on the street in all weathers and talking to as many people as possible.

“In the pubs, clubs, shops, schools and streets I discovered a wealth of knowledge, history, local pride, continuity, contradictions and sense of community that perhaps defied description solely within documentary photography.

“I hope that I have captured the Breightmet way of life and the fervour of the people that live here.”

Les worked with local primary school children as part of the ‘great Breightmet passport’ project, and captured images portraying fathers and their children at Bolton St Catherine's Academy as part of a family learning session.

Marie McNulty, Bolton at Home East Neighbourhood Manager, said: “The Breightmet Photographer in Residence project, and the 'photobreightmet' exhibition, is a prime example of how our Housing Percent for Art scheme helps us to engage with communities through the arts.

“The exhibition showcases the vibrancy of the communities on our estates. Les’s work has captured the close knit communities, engaging with the Breightmet people to portray family relationships, as well as interpreting the surroundings through his images.”
An invite only preview event will take place on February 24 when the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor John Byrne, will officially open the exhibition to residents from Breightmet that have been involved in the project. 

Bolton at Home is committed to the use of creativity in regeneration through the work of its Housing Percent for Art service. 

Housing Arts Officers work within each of the Neighbourhood Management Teams to develop and deliver arts projects that focus on the Neighbourhood Renewal themes, providing opportunities for Bolton at Home to creatively engage with its customers and for residents to improve their communities through the use of arts in regeneration.


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