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Wakefield Kids by Jamie Hawkesworth

We worked with photographer Jamie Hawkesworth and 123 Yorkshire school children to create a new body of work for our Spring 2017 exhibition Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson curates The Hepworth Wakefield  which ran from April until June 2017.

In early 2017, we invited pupils from three Yorkshire schools – Wakefield College, Cundall Manor and Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy to be photographed in the gallery by internationally renowned photographer Jamie Hawkesworth.

The photoshoot took place over one day, with members of JW Anderson’s team dressing the pupils in fashion pieces by internationally renowned fashion designers such as Issey Miyake, Vivienne Westwood and JW Anderson, which were later on display in the exhibition.

A selection of the photographs are available for you to browse below and are reproduced in the book that accompanied the exhibition.

About Jamie Hawkesworth

Jamie Hawkesworth’s approach to photography is grounded in the subtle, elegiac and playful heritage of British documentary photography.

His editorial commissions are published in Acne Paper, AnOther, Dazed & Confused, Double, i-D, LOVE, Man About Town, The New York Times Style Magazine, Self Service, Vogue US, Vogue UK, Vogue Paris, W, and WSJ. Magazine.

He has also created highly original and innovative campaigns and catalogues for Alexander McQueen, JW Anderson, Loewe, Miu Miu and Tiffany & Co.

What the teachers said...

‘The students have been so inspired. Jamie and his team and everyone at The Hepworth made us feel so welcome, giving the shyest and most unconfident students the biggest confidence boost. Every single student took away something rewarding, it was an excellent experience for them to not only see a fashion shoot by an internationally renowned photographer take place, but to actually be part of it.’
Sarah Squires, Course Lecturer, Wakefield College

‘The group of students who attended the fashion shoot found working with Jamie Hawkesworth very exciting and fascinating in terms of the process and the work produced. It has inspired them to create their own work back at HACA. Opportunities such as afforded by the Hepworth enable schools to contribute to high quality and high profile events.’
Stephen Foster, Assistant Principal of Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy