Photograd Experience: Charlotte and Georgia Bennett at Gallery Six

To continue Photograd's coverage of Gallery Six we're bringing you the second case study in the series. Yesterday we brought you Katie McAtackney, and for this post, twins Charlotte and Georgia will introduce themselves below.

Some of the team at Gallery Six

Some of the team at Gallery Six

We’re Charlotte and Georgia, photographers from the South East of England. We recently graduated from the University of East London where we studied photography. We are twins who work collaboratively on documentary style photographs and films, we then use these themes together to depict the stories of peoples lives, places and important issues, recording them in an intimate way. We love creating projects that have a social impact and that people can learn from.

Image from the series  Made Strong  and the  Made Strong  photobook

Image from the series Made Strong and the Made Strong photobook

Our current project Made Strong follows our friend Michelle and her story dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. Made Strong originally started as a university project but a year later we are still working together along with the MS Society and the MS Trust to help raise awareness. 

We first heard about Gallery Six online through Twitter and applied straight away. We exhibited at Free Range with our university so spent the whole summer at the Old Trewman Brewery and loved the atmosphere around the place.

We both studied and lived in East London so it’s great to be working here now too; it’s the creative hub of London, full of interesting people. The space itself is in a location where you get inspired just looking out the windows or walking to get your lunch on your break. The only con was not being able to get there as much as we’d like. That’s something that every creative has to deal with, balancing your normal job with what you love.

We use the space to mainly work on Made Strong; it's great to have somewhere to go and solidly work on our project without any distractions, and also to be surrounded by likeminded creatives is amazing. It's led to a group of us now working together creating a zine, something that is really exciting and brings us together even when our time runs out at the gallery.

We both think that Gallery Six pushed Made Strong forward. Being in a creative environment surrounded by other creatives has encouraged is to do more, to experiment further and really work hard. We both have a really bad habit of being unorganised but when we work at Gallery Six everything seems to get done quicker and so we were always on top of things. 

2017 has started well for us, our video got featured by MS Trust and has had nearly 3,000 views! We’re now organising our first solo exhibition which is exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. Made Strong is our main focus before we start any other project, the next step is to travel around the UK to interview other young people who have been diagnosed with MS and following their stories. Although we are both photographers, we have been filming a lot recently, it was a natural progression and something that we have wanted to do for a while. A lot of the people following Made Strong through our social media channels are from all over the world, so to put up work that is easily accessible for them to see is our main goal for this year.

Take a look at Bricoleur Mag on Kickstarter here.

Photograd Experience: Katie McAtackney at Gallery Six

Late last year we introduced you to Gallery Six; a specifically designed space for first year BA graduates, where members benefit from a fully connected workspace with all the required facilities. The space is a hub for engagement, and a place to develop personal projects and collaborate on in-house Truman briefs.

Gallery Six

Gallery Six

We've reached out to some of the photography graduates who have experience of using the space provided by Gallery Six and we'd like to bring you our first case study. Katie McAtackney will introduce herself below.


Hello I am Katie, a fresh photography graduate from Norwich University of the Arts. My work mainly revolves around travel, lifestyle and editorial work, where I tend to capture the candid moments of the everyday. 

From the series  On the Road

From the series On the Road

At the moment I'm working on several projects; one being On the Road which I'm sure you’ve heard about. It’s currently being exhibited in Norwich alongside other talented artists. Another is For the time being.. which is a photographic project based on the idea of ‘slow living’ and those quiet moments in life. 

Gallery six is an amazing little hub to be a part of. I was lucky enough to find out about it via the Free Range Instagram page. I was so intrigued by it and couldn't wait to complete my application. I feel my work and thinking process has came on a lot since being in the gallery, this is because of the Truman’s briefs. In Gallery Six we are encouraged to act professional when it comes to these briefs but we are also allowed to have our own creative freedom. I feel it definitely makes me more aware of the commercial/advertising/marketing aspects of the creative industry. By completing these briefs we are able to add new skills to our CVs and build up our portfolios and online presence.

Some of the team at Gallery Six

Some of the team at Gallery Six

At Gallery Six we are able to collaborate and network vigorously. At the moment there are 13 really diverse members at Gallery Six. So, a small group of us came up with an idea of creating a zine. The zine will consist of our profiles; cover various topics such as art critiques, events, life after graduation and serious issues like mental health. This will enable us to collaborate, get the word out about Gallery Six, Free Range, 91 Selects and the other opportunities that The Old Truman Brewery gives out to creatives. We hope to get the zine out soon so watch this space!

Take a look at Bricoleur Mag on Kickstarter here.

Introducing Gallery Six - A New Platform For Emerging Creatives

Photograd is dedicated to showing the work of photography graduates and so we're excited to let you in on a few details about a brand new creative space in London - Gallery Six. Below you'll find all the information you need to know about this exciting space. We're looking forward to start working on some brand new case studies for the Photograd blog in collaboration with some of the practising photographers who currently use Gallery Six.

The Old Truman Brewery has launched a new concept work space specifically for first year BA graduates. Gallery Six will be a hub for engagement, a space to develop personal projects and collaborate on in-house Truman briefs. Applications are open now for future tastemakers & forward thinking individuals who need an inspired environment to test ideas and want to be surrounded by likeminded creatives. Unlike any co-working spaces currently available, members of Gallery Six will share their time & skills in an active professional work space. Successful applicants will experience the lifeforce and development of live projects at one of London’s most innovative venues. 

Desks will be available on a 3 month basis free of charge, with an opportunity for Gallery Six occupants to integrate with Old Truman Brewery teams – Markets, Estates & Events. All applicants should be self-starters willing to jump in and lend a hand wherever needed. Day to day will vary greatly in typical Truman style – the space has been established to foster an environment where bold ideas can be enabled. Gallery Six is a springboard for graduates, offering an opportunity to apply skills to live projects at a professional level. 

Situated on the west side of the Old Truman Brewery, Gallery Six is flooded with natural light, and easily accessible from Liverpool St station & Shoreditch High Street. Taking up residency alongside long term tenants such as Wieden + Kennedy and DigitasLBi, Gallery Six is perfectly located within the East London creative community. Facilities include meeting areas, computers & printers, desk space, kitchen and wifi. Members will also get access to all onsite events such as Tent London, D&AD festival, Graduate Fashion Week. 

How to Apply: 

For Gallery Six memberships, applicants must submit a project or proposal that they are currently working on or hope to develop in the near future. Applications can be submitted via www.gallery-six.co.uk/apply

Please forward any enquiries to info@gallery-six.co.uk and be sure to let us know if you make an application!