In November 2012 an empty shop in Ashmont became a photo studio and then an exhibition space.

The concept was simple – photographs were taken of residents holding up a chalkboard on which they had written their hopes and dreams.

18 portraits were exhibited, showing the diversity of Ashmont and the proliferation of hopeful wishes for the community.


A model for community engagement

The Faces of Ashmont Exhibition has since been featured in All Culture is Local: Good Practice in Regional Cultural Mapping & Planning From Local Government as an example of effective low-cost community engagement and placemaking.