In April 2019 photographer Joanne Coates (Lens Think), graphic designer Nicola Golightly, artist Gemma Tierney and Creative Darlington collaborated to offer a Call Out for photographic works celebrating ‘The Unseen Beautiful’ in Darlington. Over 650 photographs were submitted through Instagram by a diverse range of photographers – beginners to professionals.

All of those who submitted works are in with the chance to win a one day photography workshop with Lens Think founder and professional photographer Joanne Coates. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to vote for their favourite photograph, by posting their vote into the voting box. The favourite photograph voted for by visitors will be announced at a closing event for this exhibition which will run from 5.00pm – 6.30pm on Wednesday 29 May 2019.

In addition to the project call out, Joanne Coates was commissioned to take photographs in and around Darlington, which are also presented within the exhibition. Joanne is a working class documentary storyteller who uses the medium of photography. Based in the North of England. She is interested in working life and class inequality. 

Exhibition Dates

Sat 18th May until Wed 29th May

Crown Street Gallery, Darlington


Crown Street Gallery will also play host to three collaborative image making workshops in May. Work alongside artist and graphic designer Nicola Golightly and Photographer Joanne Coates to explore storytelling using images and words. The chance to create your own story about Darlington! The resulting artwork will grow throughout the lifespan of the exhibition. Workshops will be taking place on the following dates

Wed 22nd May 11am – 2pm

Tue 28th May 11am – 2pm

Wed 29th May 11am – 3pm

Workshops are free to attend, materials will be provided. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Closing Event

Audiences will have the opportunity to vote in the gallery for their favourite photograph. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 29th May as part of the Celebration and Closing Event. The winner will receive a day long photography workshop, led by professional photographer and Lens Think founder, Joanne Coates.

Closing Event 5.00pm – 6.30pm Wed 29th May.

This call out is supported by Creative Darlington, in collaboration with Lens Think, Joanne Coates and Nicola Golightly. This project also forms part of the Darlington Arts Festival 2019.

Thanks to Tees Valley Arts and Trendsetters for their valuable support.