Local people are being offered the opportunity to feature in the first exhibition in the newly expanded Northampton Museum & Art Gallery when it opens next spring.

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery is asking people to submit photos of themselves and their family and friends to be part of the We Are Northampton exhibition. We Are Northampton will be the first exhibition in the new temporary exhibition space when Northampton Museum & Art Gallery re-opens in spring 2020 after a major expansion project.

The exhibition will celebrate the town’s rich heritage and will give visitors from near and far an opportunity to explore Northampton’s character through a sense of identity and place. As part of the exhibition, international photographer Paul O’Leary has been commissioned to create a series of 24 portraits of people who live in or are associated with Northampton. The team behind the exhibition has already selected 20 people to take part, including Paralympic Champion swimmer Ellie Robinson, Aldo Gallone of Gallone’s ice cream and Andrzej Mialkowski of Step By Step Dance School, and is now looking for four individuals, families or groups of friends who live in Northampton to complete the line-up.

Louise Hannam-Jones, curator of We Are Northampton, said: “Paul O’Leary has been commissioned to take 24 portraits but not just of the iconic faces or well-known characters – we want the exhibition to represent the everyday folk who contribute to the town on a daily basis.”

A panel will pick four people or families from the entries to have their portrait taken by Paul O’Leary. The winners will be photographed in ‘their place’ – the place that is important to them and their lives in Northampton. The portraits will then feature in the We Are Northampton exhibition. Everyone who submits a photo will also have the opportunity for their photo to be included in a photo montage wall as part of the exhibition.

Councillor Anna King, cabinet member for community engagement, said: “The portraits will mark an important moment in history for Northampton Museum & Art Gallery as it re-opens after a three-year redevelopment and will celebrate the diverse community that makes Northampton unique.”

To submit a photo and find out more about the competition visit: www.northampton.gov.uk/wearenorthampton

The deadline to submit a photo is Friday 14 June 2019.