public art + people - can art change the way people feel about their community?

can art change the way people feel about their community?

This is the question we asked everyone who had taken part in Other People’s Photographs and received an avalanche of replies.

People said that Folkestone "felt more friendly", "more like a village", and one said she "didn't realise how many people I knew." The project had an amazing effect on people's perceptions of their town.

Hundreds of personal photographs were loaned to the project team, one for every street in Folkestone. They were converted into metal signs and placed in the streets in which the photos were originally taken.

The result is a legacy of 540 street images, two digital maps and an image archive of 1600 stories and photographs displayed on screens in the shopping centre.