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Wendy Carrig presents...

Common People

Saturday 23rd Oct 2021 — Tuesday 30th Nov 2021, Runway Gallery at The Base


Marking the 40th Anniversary of the Greenham Women’s Peace Camp

In 1981 a group of women marched from Cardiff to Newbury in protest against the siting of American nuclear missiles on British common land. On arrival the group set up camp outside RAF Greenham Common. This was the beginning of the legendary Greenham women’s Peace Camp.

Common People
is an exhibition of photographs taken at Greenham’s Blue Gate by photographer Wendy Carrig, during a few short weeks in January and February 1985. “I visited during a harsh winter. We slept in makeshift tents in sub-zero temperatures, experienced daily evictions, had bricks thrown at us, and I witnessed at first hand the enormity of a cruise missile convoy.” Greenham Women were not deterred by these difficult conditions and continued to protest for the removal of nuclear missiles.

The photographs on exhibition in the Base's Runway Gallery, which are part of a larger collection, show how domestic life continued around the campfire.

About the Artist

Wendy Carrig studied photography at Salisbury College of Art. She worked as an assistant photographer before setting up her own practice in London in 1990.

Her commissioned work has been widely published on magazine covers and advertising hoardings, and she has twice won the Association of Photographers GOLD award. Her personal work has gained recognition in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Portrait of Britain and Portrait of Humanity awards, and selected works have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Photographic Society and the Houses of Parliament. She was a participating artist in the 209women takeover of Parliament, where 209 new photographic portraits of all the UK’s female MPs were shot exclusively by female photographers, marking a centenary of votes for women.

Her photographs taken at Greenham Common, whilst still a photography student, have now been recognised with exhibitions in the UK and Europe.

She recently walked with and documented the #Greenham40March from Cardiff to the Common.