As artists all over the UK are struggling during the global pandemic with galleries and exhibition spaces closed to the public, acclaimed photographer Jean O’Shea is on a personal mission to travel the length and breadth of the country seeking out the talented artists across our nation to create the largest photographic portrait portfolio of living 21st century artists and artisans.
Part of the aim of the project is to explore art and creativity in all its forms, so from painters to glassblowers to sculptors and jewellery makers the range of art and crafts are limitless. Which means the number of artists and the length of the project itself is potentially endless too.
By creating an artistic legacy by showcasing the talents of others often overlooked in the mainstream, this may well be a lifelong project and at the end of each year, Jean will hold an exhibition of his portraits as a celebration of photography and art.
Accompanying the photographic exhibition will be a documentary charting Jean's journey of discovery and shared passion and experiences with artists from all disciplines and all walks of life across the UK. With the Coronavirus pandemic highlighting the struggles and challenges faced by artists over the last year the project has grown in poignancy, but the aim is for the project to capture artists for many years to come and will look beyond the pandemic capturing the paths artists take.