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Mervyn Mitchell MA ARPS

Mervyn worked in industry for over 25 years in the areas of Sales, Marketing and project management and achieved the post graduate ‘Diploma in Management Studies’ before developing his artistic practice where he has gained a Masters degree in Photography.

For the past 12 years Mervyn has been engaging with marginalised communities in a number of different ways. He began as a Community Engagement Officer for The New Art Exchange which is the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to culturally diverse contemporary visual arts. The main challenge he faced was to convince the local community that the new shiny Art Gallery was somewhere they are welcome.

He has also gained funding from the Arts Council to work with primary schools
1.Using photography to help bridge the gap between urban and rural schools
2.Introducing positive black role models through photography workshops.

10 years ago (until present day) he co-founded the Nottingham Photographer’s Hub and their mission is to give a voice to marginalised people and communities through bespoke community-based photography courses designed around beneficiary needs. Their work is focused in two specific areas
1. Adults with mental ill health
2. Young People (16 to 18 years) not in education, employment or training.

Mervyn is also a photography tutor for Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries, where they deliver cultural and learning services across Nottinghamshire

He has also produced images and photofilm that have been exhibited in the UK and Abroad.