About The Collective

Our Story

The South West Collective of Photography Ltd (The South West Collective) is a company dedicated to promoting photography, art, illustration, painting and all art forms in the South West of England and United Kingdom. Run by Plymouth University’s BA Photography Graduate @samuelfradley96, the Collective aims to one day open an educational and creative space for artists to learn, grow, work and adapt as creative individuals.

In June 2018 The South West Collective of Photography Ltd was formed with the help of a £2000 Santander Entrepreneurial Bursary Grant, supported by The University of Plymouth. Since its creation in 2018, the Collective has gone from strength to strength. As of February 2020, the Collective has amassed an audience on social media of over 2500 people, as well as being supported and endorsed by some of the most famous artists in the United Kingdom.

In February 2020, our debut photographic exhibition “Visual Storytelling” took place. Visual Storytelling featured the work of six outstanding photographers who have told emotive and powerful stories through the medium of photography. Alongside the exhibition, we organised guest speaking talks by local legend Dr Kevin Dixon and by British Photographer Robert Darch. Our debut exhibition was a huge success and brings us much hope and promise for the future.

As phase one and year one of The South West Collective comes to an end, we look forward to continual growth and are proud support artists from all backgrounds across the world.

Our ethos is simple. We will never judge an artist based on their gender, experience, background or religion. We will always judge based on the quality of work being shown to us and the attitude of the artist presenting it.

We know how difficult the industry is. We also know how heavily it’s based in London. It’s time to bring that industry out of the city and share it across the United Kingdom.

Please support us, whether you share our content or buy our products, every purchase helps us keep going.

Phase two of the Collective begins in June 2020. If you create your own books, prints, zines, pottery or something else, we want to hear from you. Contact us today at: [email protected]

Thanks for everything!

Samuel Fradley – Collective Owner & Founder

Anna Calleja - Paintings the south west collective
Tavis Amosford - 20x20 Framed Beekeeper Print

The Collective

Samuel Fradley Photographer Photography The South West Collective

Sam Fradley – Founder and Director

Emma Booth Photographer

Emma Booth – Creative Director

Contributors

Ella Cousins Photographer artist the south west collective

Ella Cousins – Photographer and Contributor

Kate Wolstenholme the south west collective of photography ltd

Kate Wolstenholme – Writer, Photographer and Contributor

lou mari basson the south west collective of photography

Lou-Marí Basson – Photographer and Contributor

Contributors Websites:

Ella Cousins: https://www.ellacousins.co.uk/

Kate Wolstenholme: https://katewolstenholme.co.uk/