04 April 2011

An exciting digital photography project involving local schools from across Northamptonshire will be officially launched this Wednesday (6th April).

Called CLIX, the project encourages participants to produce images that explore the values and themes of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 and promote the county's key cultural and sporting assets.

It’s being led by professional photographer Chris Denner who is working with the county’s study centres and local schools alongside key venues including Northampton Saints Rugby Club, Northampton Town Football Club, Northamptonshire Cricket Club, Rushden and Diamonds Football Club, Silverstone Race Circuit and Adrenaline Alley Urban Sports Park, Corby.

County residents are also being encouraged to submit their own images that explore the values and themes of London 2012 from a unique Northamptonshire perspective, for example using iconic local landmarks, key cultural and sporting fixtures and local sporting or cultural legends or teams.

Images produced through the project, including those submitted by the public, will be available to view on a dedicated website www.clix-northamptonshire.com throughout 2011 with the very best being selected to appear in a local exhibition and souvenir calendar for 2012.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage, county council cabinet member for customers and communities said: “CLIX is one of a series of Igniting Ambition projects taking place in Northamptonshire this year as part of the Cultural Olympiad, a national initiative that aims to bring more arts, music and culture to residents in the lead up to the 2012 Games.

The project celebrates Northamptonshire’s cultural and sporting assets and we want everyone to get involved and submit a picture – so get clicking.”

Chris Denner said: “I’m really proud to be apart of the CLIX project, as its very rewarding to see the young people engage in such an exciting and dynamic venture. It’s great to see the passion and creativity that’s being applied to the young peoples photography, everyday I’m consistently being impressed not only by the quality of the images, but by the thought provoking messages I’m seeing in every photograph.”

The project has already seen a photo shoot with take place with Chantelle Cameron, the 19-year old kickboxing sensation from Northampton as well as workshops with students from Kingsbrook School, Deanshanger at the Silverstone Study Centre.

CLIX is funded by the Legacy Trust UK and key delivery partners of the Northamptonshire 2012 Strategy namely Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Sport and Northamptonshire Enterprise Limited.

Igniting Ambition is part of the Cultural Olympiad programme in the East Midlands which invests in projects and people that take the London 2012 Games as their inspiration to create once-in-a-lifetime cultural opportunities for audiences and communities. It is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the European Regional Development Fund and the East Midlands Development Agency, with the support of Arts Council England and many others.

For more information about 2011 Igniting Ambition projects and events go to: www.northamptonshire2012.com

CLIX has been awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark, an award achieved by only the most accessible, participative, inspiring and stimulating projects and events.