Activity 2 : Organise a photography exhibition

  • Ability to plan an activity from start to finish
  • Define work steps and stages
  • Work in a team and be supportive
  • Network and gather information
  • Planning and organising
  • Conveying and exchanging information and ideas
  • Collaborating with others in teams and networks
  • Flipchart or large poster boards
  • Newspapers, magazines, colouring materials, paint.
  • Examples of photos and photographers
  • A camera or camera phones
  • A budget for printing photos
  • Blank sheets of paper for planning and organisation + pens
  • Access to computers for researching information
  • A telephone for making calls

The activity consists of organising a photography exhibition from A to Z. This activity can be done with a group of up to 10 people. Together, they have to choose one (or more) subject(s), take photos, and organise an exhibition: printing the photos, choosing and booking the exhibition venue etc.

  • Introduction

The instructor asks the group to express their dreams through a poster (for example to use the technique of coat of arms*). Each person has half an hour to make a poster explaining their dreams, using images (collage), drawings, text, etc. and present it to the others.

  • The instructor presents:

Objective of the activity: To produce and organise a photography exhibition

The assignment: To take photos on the theme of dreams and to organise a presentation of them

The method: individual and teamwork

Duration: 3 x 3 hours.

  • Taking the photos

Once everyone has expressed their dreams, each person thinks about how they would like to express them in a photograph, helped by examples provided by the instructor.

Everyone has 1.5 hours to go and take photos in town.

On the way back, we look at the photos as a group, and each person chooses 2 or 3 photos that they want to print and display.

  • Planning

The group plans the tasks to be carried out and shares the work among themselves:

Choose a printer (compare prices, call, ask for deadlines etc.)

Find a date and a place for the exhibition

Consider and produce advertising for the exhibition

Think about the timing, the time it takes to print, set up, etc.

Preparing the opening if necessary

  • Exhibition

The group sets up the exhibition and presents it to the participants.

The instructor can also be supported by a photographer: Explanation of some basic rules of photography.

  • How was this activity for you?
  • What did you learn from this activity?
  • What key steps did you remember in terms of planning?
  • Have you ever organised and planned an activity before?
  • What other activity could you organise in this way?

With a mixed group, they can exchange on their dreams : Do they have the same kind of dreams ? Did they have the same kind of dreams when they where younger ? What are the dreams for the future of the younger participants ? What do the elderly people dream of for the next generations ?

But the organisation of the exhibition also allows everyone to learn from each other, and getting to know technics of habits they donu2019t know (using social media, how to get organised,...) through experience sharing.