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Projects Group

Projects Group

Formerly known as the Panels Group

Panel of fisheye images by Martin Farrow shown at the Panels Group evening 1 December 2020

We are the group who have no rules, no judges, no competitions and no restrictions! We work with groups of images on a theme, rather than the single ones needed for competitions. And we show our work in a very wide range of formats, styles and techniques.

The idea is not to impose any restrictions so you can develop your ideas and let your imagination take you wherever you want to go.

We encourage people to show work, either in progress or complete sets of pictures, and give feedback to help each other develop our ideas.

We display our pictures in any size, shape and technique we feel appropriate; for example unmounted, mounted, framed, in books, foldouts, free standing, or any other way of showing prints you can think of. The number, layout and selection of pictures is entirely up to you.

The aim is to have fun, experiment and be creative in a friendly, relaxed, inspirational and collaborative environment.

We meet every two months to show and discuss our work without the judging, preconceptions or restrictions found in competitions.

During our meetings we see and discuss a huge variety of content, styles and interpretations, either of members’ own projects or the Challenge Topics which we sometimes set to stimulate our thought processes.

A highlight of the year is our very popular annual presentation to the main Society, where members of the Projects Group get to show their work to the whole WPS membership.

Projects Group is open to all WPS members, who are welcome at any of our meetings. There are no sign-up sheets, so just come along, with or without your own work and see what goes on.

Above all else, we are a relaxed group who have lots of laughter and fun!

This was the group’s description when it was the Panels Group, before it reinvented itself as the Projects Group in January 2021.

Working with sets of images rather than one single image gives a greater scope for exploring subjects and narratives, allowing for a wider and deeper interpretation.

The Panels Group facilitates this by having no rules or restrictions on your choice of images.

Diversity of presentational style is encouraged, whether as mounted or unmounted prints or book form. We welcome work in progress.

The idea is to have fun, explore, be creative and experiment in a friendly and collaborative environment.

Bi-monthly meetings provide a forum for discussion, without the constraints of competition or judging.

Topics are often set, or attendees can bring any other panel for discussion.

The group also offers support for members working towards distinctions from the Royal Photographic Society (RPS).

The Panels Group is open to all WPS members. There are no sign-up sheets: just turn up with your panel or as an observer to see what goes on.

Each year there is a Panels Group presentation evening within the society’s main programme.

When: Bi-monthly Wednesdays, starting on 11 September 2020, 7.30-10pm

Where: Otterbourne Meeting Rooms (when Covid-19 restriction permit); otherwise online.

Contact: Chris Morris: [email protected]


Annual Reports of the Former Panels Group

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Updated 16 August 2021 to add imbedded group calendar
Updated 22 February 2021 to update task email address to reflect the new Group name and description.