NUL BID and Appetite Presents: Familiar Faces

29th Jan - 1st Aug

NUL BID and Appetite Presents: Familiar Faces

Familiar Faces is a Newcastle-under-Lyme exhibition, by Appetite, Newcastle-under-Lyme BID and GRAIN Photography Hub. The project was created to capture the familiar faces and the unique welcome of Newcastle town centre through the power of photography. Running from Friday 29 January until Sunday 1 August, the exhibition of portraits will be seen across three sites in Newcastle-under-Lyme; on Ironmarket, High Street – next to the war memorial – and High Street – near to Poundland.

Commissioned, local photographer Adina Lawrence captured the portraits of Newcastle workers in the Town Centre during December 2020; to highlight local retailers, shops and businesses and celebrate the historic town centre as it is now. The images shine a light on the diversity, strong offers, culture and heritage of the town and the businesses’ resilience during the most challenging of times.

The exhibition includes portraits that capture the wide range of businesses across the town centre, from business owners and staff to new businesses starting out, thriving market stalls to established shops who have been operating in the town for up to 500 years, independent unique outlets to international chains.

Access and Useful Info 

  • Please support us by adhering to our COVID-Safe measures whilst enjoying Familiar Faces: Hands / Face / Space
  • Please adhere to the lockdown guidelines by visiting Familiar Faces whilst doing your essential shop or during daily exercise


Featured image: Henry Cheadle of H. Cheadle & Son Butchers, Newcastle

About Adina Lawrence 

I am a Black British portrait photographer from Stoke-On-Trent who has a thing for implementing fantasy like feel to my flamboyant, stimulating images, that will have your eyes darting around attempting to capture every inch, I enjoy the fact that my portraits has you finding something new each time you clasps eye on it, that just pops out at you and steals a few moments of your day.

I am known to have a way of capturing and presenting my images, to have a more metaphorical statement rather than just a still subject, it tells a story yet comes across as subjective and playful.

Every time I look back at a portrait I once took, I relive that moment, each image I take is stored in the endless photography library I have up my head, full of wholesome memories ,fun and stories that I will forever cherish.

Instagram – @adinamya

Appetite is an Arts Council England-funded Creative People and Places programme, led by New Vic Theatre in partnership with Partners in Creative Learning, 6Towns Radio, Staffordshire University, Newcastle BID (Business Improvement District), Keele University and Go Kidsgrove.