What has inspired you about Trinity?

Fellows, students, staff and alumni are invited to submit ideas – in a photo and words – about what has inspired them at Trinity.

The best ideas will feature in a major photography exhibition at Trinity in May Week 2017.

Pairings is one of several arts initiatives at Trinity to celebrate 40 years of women at the College. Following the change of statutes in 1975 to allow the admission of women, the first female graduate students arrived in 1976, the first female Fellow was elected in 1977, and in 1978 women were admitted as undergraduates.

Pairings is open to men and women, and any student, Fellow, staff member or alumni is welcome to submit their ideas. You do not need photography skills or special equipment to take part.

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Sub-Librarian Sandy Paul’s Pairing: photographs of Victorian female acrobats collected by Arthur Munby.

The aim of the project is to reveal the many and varied inspirations forged at Trinity. What person, place or object at the College has inspired you to achieve a big or small thing, to change course, adopt a novel approach, or simply to see something in a different light?

Each Pairing will comprise a photograph and words, numbers or formulae – whatever makes sense of your chosen inspiration. If that’s a haiku, equation or algorithm, all are welcome alongside your image.

A professional photographer will provide photography workshops, assist participants with their Pairings photographs if required, and take some images themselves.

To apply, simply send a photograph (a quick snap) of your inspiration and a 200-word (max) explanation to communications@trin.cam.ac.uk by 17 January 2017. The Pairings Advisory Group will select the best ideas and successful participants will be informed by 26 January 2017.

Workshops will run in February and the photographer will assist any participants wanting help in February and March 2017. Dr Clare Walker Gore, Dr David Tong and Fiona Holland can advise on your accompanying explanation if needs be.

Pairings images will be reproduced in April and exhibited at Trinity in May Week 2017.

See Trinity Sub-Librarian, Sandy Paul’s Pairing 

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