Grimbarians exhibition extended as 'overwhelmed' duo plot project's future

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 23 Nov 2018

The duo behind inspirational photo-documentary Grimbarians have been overwhelmed by the interest in their exhibition, as they plot the project’s next steps. 

Dan Clarke’s black and white portraits of individuals making positive contributions to the town is backed up by Lindsay Cowie’s insightful detailing of their efforts, and has proved a huge hit.

Having so far been constrained to a website and social media, a first anniversary exhibition has brought an outpouring of support for the former Grimsby Institute students’ work.

From a single open night after an invitation-only preview, it has been extended all week at Grimsby’s new Docks Beers brewery tap room.

It now continues over the weekend at the King Edward Street venue, with hundreds already having taken in the images, that ‘showcase daily lives, hard work and the influence they’ve had on Grimsby, whether small or large, to the economy or to the community’.

Examples of the Grimbarians portraits. Clockwise, from top left, sea scout leader Paul Garnett, comedian turned television presenter Lloyd Griffith and Ebb and Flow founder Toni Ann Buckle Weavers.

Dan, who works as a photographer in London, said: “It was a little overwhelming. It was really busy with a lot of great comments and we were blown away by the reception of it.  We have had plenty of new nominations and it has been great to read through which people have been nominated.”

Lindsay, a freelance writer, joined forces with Dan, who had wanted to capture some of those he knew. She said: “The reception has been amazing. So many people have come out to see it and the support has been overwhelming. We owe a big thanks to Docks Beers for all the support in hosting, and for now keeping the portraits up.”

Having used the opportunity to attract sponsorship, plans are now being formulated for further exhibitions, not just in Grimsby, but potentially in towns and cities in Europe and beyond with strong connections through twinning and business. 

Back home, the pair are also looking at working with the featured Grimbarians to have school talks. “We want them to speak to people about what they are doing, and in doing so inspire more people,” Lindsay said. Dan added: “This is the official start of it. We want to take it in to schools and make sure it is in places that everyone can see it.”

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