Photography project aims to capture transformation of Pioneer House

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The transformation of Dewsbury’s Pioneer House will be documented in a photography project by a former Kirklees College student.

Photographer James Brook

Photographer James Brook

The iconic building in Dewsbury town centre is being renovated as part of the college’s new Dewsbury Learning Quarter, due to open in 2018.

Dewsbury Learning Quarter is being developed in partnership with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Kirklees Council, and as part of the wider North Kirklees Growth Zone (NKGZ) regeneration programme.

As well as transforming Pioneer House, the college is creating a new building – the Springfield Centre – next to Lidl supermarket on Bradford Road.

The college is taking an active role in documenting the changes at Pioneer House with the help of photographer James Brook, who studied Level 3 Visual Communication at Batley School of Art.

James, who lives in Dewsbury, said: “I have kept in touch with the college and tutors as they really pushed me hard and opened my eyes to many different creative practices that now include my specialist area of photography.

“When I heard that the historic Pioneer House was to become the new home for the creative art courses I wanted to document the finer details in the building that most people will not get to see once work is complete.”

Working with Oliver Boothroyd, the college’s programme leader for Visual Communication, the plan is to exhibit James’s work as part of the opening in 2018.

All of the images taken by James are shot on medium format colour film, which will show the fine detail and should really show impact as life size prints.

James added: ““Kirklees College has done a lot for me and for the creative world, changing lives including mine as it enabled me to study for a degree

“I am simply photographing the shell of building that holds many memories for people, as these are the things I don’t want people to forget with the passing of time. I hope the photographs will show this whilst also showing the future students the building in an artistic creative way. I hope the work is remembered for many years to come.”

You can see more of James’s work here.

For more information about Dewsbury Learning Quarter click here.

Kirklees College