Challenge #16: An exhibition of images inspired by York Theatre Royal’s community production, The Coppergate Woman  Challenges, 19 June 2022

This Challenge was designed to provide an incentive for members to create images for our summer exhibition, mounted by the Club to accompany a community production of The Coppergate Woman that will take place at York Theatre Royal between Saturday 30 July and Sunday 7 August. The Exhibition will run between Tuesday 19 July and Sunday 7 August.

The play weaves Viking legends with the stories of modern-day York people. In the words of the author, Maureen Lennon, “It’s a story about hope, heartache and loss, and starting again”. Relating to this, there were four ‘themes’, chosen in conjunction with the Theatre:

Theme 1: Destruction

This theme reflects the destruction that is associated, in Norse mythology, with ‘Ragnarök’.

Theme 2: Renewal and hope

Images in this theme depict renewal and hope for the future. 

Theme 3: Old and new

The juxtaposition of old and new is much in evidence in York, often (but not solely) in its buildings. 

Theme 4: York’s Viking heritage

Evidence of York’s Viking heritage is never far away , both for residents and tourists. The main source of inspiration for this theme was the York Viking Festival, which took place in York between 28 May and 1 June.

Getting on for 150 images were submitted for the Challenge, and therefore the Exhibition, and they are all shown in this gallery. The images were sent to a small panel (not the Exhibition Team), tasked with selecting images to be hung as prints, including Michael Slavin representing York Theatre Royal. All images are being shown as part of the exhibition at York Theatre Royal, either as prints or as part of a prominent rolling digital display in the foyer. The exhibition will run from Tuesday 19 July to Sunday 7 August.

Huge thanks to York Theatre Royal for inviting Bishopthorpe Camera Club to mount this exhibition to accompany their community production of The Coppergate Woman, and for their generous and enthusiastic support during the planning stages and setting up. Thanks also to members of the Club for their invaluable help with setting up and acting as Club representatives during the exhibition, great teamwork. We appreciate that it wasn’t an easy Challenge, so special thanks, of course, to all of our members who submitted images and have contributed to another successful exhibition at the Theatre, which looks amazing!