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Exhibition captures ordinary people Working Beautifully

Over 700 pieces of art featuring Wiltshire men and women at work will go on display in a new exhibition in Swindon later this month.

Photographer Nigel Hudson and digital artist Tim Cumming, who both live near Marlborough, have spent the past year visiting over 100 companies – from bakeries to warehouses – around the county and capturing ordinary workers going about their day to day duties.

The photographs have been turned into digital works of art, which form the Working Beautifully collection.

“To us, it seems that the full British economic story needs a fuller telling,” said Nigel.

“Slowly, the country’s on the rise, though media attention sometimes obsesses over the bad news, missing the good. So we wanted to provide a little balance – to picture the potential of the nation through skills, hard work and trade, because they’re the tools of our recovery. Swindon has a trading history within the UK, which to us, mirrors the UK’s trading history with the world.”

Tim Cumming (left) and Nigel Hudson “Swindon trade is the perfect small-scale model of UK-international trade, complete with all its regional relationships and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Tim.

“Each of the 100 firms we’ve selected has shown the grit and guts necessary to thrive, even in a tricky economic climate. Worries about a triple-dip recession simply do not match the attitude or prosperity that we witness in these firms.”

The pieces will go on show in the atrium of the Brunel Centre in Swindon, from Monday, May 20 to Sunday, May 26.

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