Juicer's snapper branches out at al fresco exhibition

Torpedo Juice's in-house photographer, Chris Marwood is one of several Kent and Sussex-based photographers showing their work at an outdoor exhibition in Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 18 July.

‘Sunny 16' at The Grove, Mount Sion will feature a mix of amateur and professional photographers. Running from 10am - 5pm, fifteen photographers will each claim a tree from which they will hang their work.

A sixteenth tree will feature work by aspiring young photographers. Friends of The Grove is holding a competition for talented photographers aged: under 10, 11-14 and 15-17. Deadline for entries is 12 July. For an entry form including competition rules apply via email to friendsofthegrove@gmail.com

The overall winner will receive a £50 voucher from Adams Photographic and his or her work will be displayed on the tree, along with pictures by the best runners-up from each age category.

The winning entry will be chosen by Tunbridge Wells based photographer Andrew Newson. ‘Sunny 16' is his brainchild, in a bid to help local photographic talent get greater exposure in a family-friendly, fun environment. "Galleries can sometimes seem like intimidating spaces, consequently many artists and photographers struggle to get people to see their work," he said. "With ‘Sunny 16' we're bringing our work to the community and into an open space, with the sixteenth tree inviting youngsters to get involved."

Andrew has been supported in this venture by Friends of The Grove, who are hosting a family picnic to coincide with the event from 12 - 4pm. Sarah Fraser, chairman of Friends of The Grove said, "We were delighted to help Andrew launch this idea. It is a really exciting project. Our local residents have a unique community relationship with The Grove and we are always looking for new, interesting ways to promote these links and expand our annual event calendar."

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council have also lent their support. Sue Latham, Events and Projects Manager, said, "Tunbridge Wells has a tradition of local artists and creative talent. The council is very supportive of such talent and encouraged to see new artists coming through."

The exhibition is free to the public, but photographers will be selling postcards and unframed prints of their work. Ten per cent of all sales go to The Pickering Centre, a cancer support charity based in Monson Road, and 5 per cent to Friends of The Grove (a not-for-profit organisation).

No trees will be harmed in the staging of this exhibition, although it's possible some squirrels may be confused.

For further information on ‘Sunny 16' and its exhibiting photographers please visit the website www.sunny16twells.com

For further press information on ‘Sunny 16', its exhibitors and high-resolution images please contact Gaynor Edwards on Tel: 01892 677700 or 07956 142214 or email gaynor@torpedojuice.co.uk.