Creative Citizens: A Photo Collection – #9

May 22nd, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Conference Research Showcase | no comments

Last year, photographer Sara Lyndsey captured 25 images of Creative Citizens on location in their communities for our Creative Citizen conference and exhibition. We’re now sharing these fantastic photos along with some information about each of the inspiring subjects.

These people do what they do not because they are paid to but because they want to. Their motivations are diverse – from doing something because they believe it has a social, cultural or economic benefit to the community to more personal motivations such as developing new friendships, learning and gaining skills or because it is something they enjoy.


Maureen Gallaccio (Mo) is part of a team of people who run The Mill, a lively community hub in Walthamstow. When Mo moved to the area in 2007 the local library had just been closed down. She became part of the campaign to re-open it, eventually negotiating to take over the building. The week they received the keys to the building was the week she supposedly ‘retired’. Mo instigates the creative activities at the Mill running exhibitions and workshops for all ages and abilities. Initially feeling anxious about integrating into a new place, her involvement with The Mill has brought her a wide support network. She feels valued and finds it rewarding to know that she is also helping others.

You can view the whole Creative Citizens: A Photo Collection here.

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