Image: Image by Michelle Sank

22 Jun — 28 Sep 2019

The Engine Room, The Exchange

Michelle Sank

What is it like to be sixteen years old in the UK now? This is the central thread running through the national project Sixteen where some of the UK’s foremost documentary portrait photographers collaborated in opening up conversations with young people about their hopes and fears, and who or what sustains them, giving prominence to voices rarely heard.

Here we highlight one of them, Michelle Sank, who focused her lens on Cornwall, drawn by an interest to explore how the economic poverty and physical isolation of the county impacts on the future of its young people.

Sank felt privileged by the connection she was able to form with her subjects and their families/guardians, who generously shared their stories, the social and family structures and domestic surroundings within. Having access in this way enabled her to understand the social challenges that were previously hidden.


Join us to celebrate the launch of our summer programme.

THE EXCHANGE 19.00 – 20.30, with introductions from Director James Green and artist/curator Simon Faithfull at 19.00
NEWLYN ART GALLERY 18.30 – 22.00, with a braai (a South African style bbq), and pay bar

Free entry and all welcome. We do hope you can join us.


Venue: The Engine Room, The Exchange
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Still from Re-enactment for a Future Scenario no.2: Cape Romano, by Simon Faithfull.



15 Jun - 05 Oct 2019

The Exchange