Snapper turns his focus on preserving Pioneer history

Snapper turns his focus on preserving Pioneer history

THE tranformation of Dewsbury’s Pioneer House is to be documented in a photography project by a former Kirklees College student. 

The iconic town centre building is being renovated as part of the college’s new Dewsbury Learning Quarter, due to open in 2018.

Photographer James Brook, who studied Level 3 visual communication at Batley School of Art, will be working with the college to showcase the changes.

Said James, who lives in Dewsbury: “I have kept in touch with the college and tutors as they really pushed me hard and opened my eyes to many different creative practices that now include my specialist area of photography.

“When I heard that the historic Pioneer House was to become the new home for creative art, I wanted to document the finer details in the building that most people will not get to see once work is complete.”

Working with Oliver Boothroyd, the college’s programme leader for visual communication, the plan is to exhibit James’s work as part of the opening in 2018.

Dewsbury Learning Quarter is being developed in partnership with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Kirklees Council, and as part of the wider North Kirklees Growth Zone (NKGZ) regeneration programme.

The college is also creating a new building – the Springfield Centre – next to Lidl supermarket on Bradford Road.

James added: “Kirklees College has done a lot for me and for the creative world, changing lives including mine, as it enabled me to study for a degree.

“I am simply photographing the shell of building that holds many memories for people, as these are the things I don’t want people to forget with the passing of time.

“I hope the photographs will show this whilst also showing future students the building in an artistic, creative way. I hope the work is remembered for many years to come.”

Share this post