Photography exhibition celebrating twin town

Photography exhibition celebrating twin town

Leigh Town Hall VIP Launch 110621-64

Leigh Town hall VIP Launch

An exhibition celebrating the creativity of local people as well as the cultural richness of Angers and Wigan Borough is open to the public.

#LoveYourTwinTown was launched locally by Wigan Council’s Ambassadress for Angers, Lucie Thecua, to celebrate the brough’s twinning relationship with the French town.

The Ambassadress for Wigan, Eve Davis, supported the project by encouraging Angers residents to share their favourite photographs.

More than 270 photographs were submitted, and a panel made up of people from both Wigan and Angers decided which 40 images would go on display at Leigh Library following a virtual exhibition on social media.

Lucie said: “Working on the exhibition has been really inspiring because I’ve seen lots of great photographs showcasing the beauty of both towns.

“We were delighted with the response and quality of photographs we received and I’d like to thank everyone who got involved. The images are wide ranging and show Mesnes Park, Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Leigh Town Hall as well as popular places in Angers such as Pont de Verdun, Castle of Angers and the Cathedral.

“Launching the images on Instagram also meant that people from both Wigan and Angers could connect and enjoy the exhibition virtually. The photographs will stay on the Instagram page for those who can’t visit the library.”

The project aligns closely with the borough’s cultural manifesto and commitment to making arts and culture accessible to all by encouraging local people to express their creativity through photography.

#LoveYourTwinTown showcases the diversity, unique landscapes, heritage and architectural riches of Wigan Borough and Angers by bringing together two cultures in one place.

Wigan has been twinned with Angers for more than 33 years. The lasting friendship began in the late 1970s as a cultural exchange between two colleges and was made official in 1988.

The twinning has continued to grow over the years and now involves a wide network of organisations, including businesses, schools colleges, sports, culture and community groups.

For more information, please visit town twinning web pages.

The photographs are free to view between 10am 2pm, Monday to Friday and will be on display throughout the Wigan Arts Festival up until 14 August.

For those who cannot view the exhibition in the library, the photographs can be accessed on Instagram. Search @ambassadress_from_angers.

Posted on Wednesday 7th July 2021

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