Behind The Lens charity exhibition, Thornton Heath, Jul 14-21

Popular photography group Lenses of Croydon, together with the local branch of the Kiwanis, is hosting a fundraising exhibition as part of next month’s Thornton Heath Arts Week, beginning on July 14.

Croydon: Behind the Lens will feature the photographic work of some of the 500-plus members of Lenses of Croydon, along with other local photographers and past speakers who have featured at the monthly event, the Croydon Photography Forum.

Mike Williams, the vice-president of the Kiwanis Club of Croydon, told Inside Croydon: “The Kiwanis Club really wanted to get involved with the Thornton Heath Arts Week this year, as we see it as a fabulous means of creating opportunities for young people in Broad Green.”

The Kiwanis Internationals motto is “serving the children of the world”. After completing a successful book and toy drive for the refugee centre on Brigstock Road, Croydon Kiwanis will be using 100 per cent of the proceeds gained through the sale of the exhibited photography to support the Croydon Young Carers’ Project.

Williams said: “There is no better feeling than being able to give back to the youth who are the future of our community.”

The launch event for Croydon: Behind the Lens will be held on Saturday July 14 at the La Zaris Art Gallery, 380, Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, from 7pm to 9.30pm, when the images will be available for sale on a first-come-first-served basis.

For those unable to attend the launch evening, the exhibition continues at the gallery until July 21, and everyone is able to donate or purchase a photograph.

In an effort to keep the images affordable, there is a £60 maximum price on the photographs; some pictures will be available for sale for as little as £5, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to grab an original photography at a bargain price.

Plus there is the added bonus in knowing that 100 per cent of your purchase will be going to charity.

There will also be two raffles on the night with an assortment of prizes.

If you are a photographer wishing to donate a printed photograph to be exhibited and sold with the full proceeds going towards the support of the Croydon Young Carers Project, then please get in contact with Lee Townsend – 07590 204493. Alternatively, you can simply drop your photograph off at La Zaris Gallery on a Tuesday Thursday, Friday or Saturday between the hours of 10am to 6pm. The deadline for submission is Saturday July 7.

Images can represent any genre of photography, but they must not depict any form of explicit nudity or violence.
We ask donated prints are:
i. No larger than 12” x 18”
ii. Not in any sort of frame or mounted
iii. Your name and contact details are placed on the back of the photo

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