Projects and Exhibitions
Stamp: The Queen’s Head, Arnold Machin. Stoke.
Jerome was one of a number of artists participating in Ceramic City Stories’ community led celebration of Arnold Machin’s iconic ‘profile portrait’ of Queen Elizabeth II, used on postage stamps since 1967 to the present day.
Jerome’s ‘side-selfie’ monochrome portrait photographs, and other artists’ work, were on display at Winkhill Mill, Stoke, throughout June 2022.
Back to Ours Album: Part One. Hull.
October 2019: Back to Ours
Jerome spent two years documenting the creative journey of Back to Ours, Hull’s Arts Council England-funded Creative People and Places Project.
The exhibition Back to Ours Album: Part One at Artlink gallery documented some of the iconic moments he captured on the journey, the places he visited and the characters he met along the way.
Stories from Fountain Road Estate. Hull.
April 2019: Absolutely Cultured
Jerome worked with Absolutely Cultured’s volunteers to interview and photograph the people and architecture of this Hull estate, telling its unique story.
Maker Portraits, We Made This. Hull.
September 2018, #WeMadeThisHull
#WeMadeThis is a Hull-based community group (amateur collective) established in 2017, run entirely by volunteers, specialising in large-scale craft projects.
Jerome photographed the participants of their Hull Spirit: Iconic People and Places project.
The exhibition of portrait photographs were displayed in Hull Minster in September 2018.
Freedom FEASTIVAL. Hull.
Summer 2018: Freedom Festival Arts Trust & Artlink
In the year leading up to the Freedom Feastival, there were many people working very hard to sow, grow, manage, and educate. This investment and engagement was documented by Jerome, who took the portrait photographs included here and also recorded a series of podcast interviews with various growers.
Advent People. Hull.
Jerome photographed some of Hull’s movers and shakers during December 2017, as the city’s year in the cultural spotlight came to an end.
Presented daily on twitter, Advent People asked the question ‘What next?’ for Hull after UK City of Culture 2017 ends.
Off The Shelf. Hull.
November 2017: Hull Libraries and James Reckitt Library Trust
“This retrospective from prolific photographer Jerome Whittingham, illustrates the wide variety of events that Hull Libraries have delivered, supported and produced over the past few years.
Featuring images from the Humber Mouth Literature Festival, Head in a Book, Untold Hull, James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award and The Big Malarkey Festival Jerome captures authors, artists and audiences in an exhibition that playfully presents photos “not on a shelf and not on a wall.”
Contemporary Voices: African stories in Hull & East Yorkshire
2015, William Wilberforce Monument Fund & Untold Hull
Contemporary Voices: oral histories of people of Black African heritage who have a connection with Hull and East Yorkshire before 2007. Podcast interviews and portraits by Jerome.
Butterflies and Battlefields
A Humber Mouth Literature Festival 2014 ‘special commission’.
Jerome, and writer Dave Windass, spent time with 4 families documenting the impact of dementia on family life. The resulting eBook (sadly no longer available to download) was read by thousands of people.
Photojournalism by Jerome, verbatim reporting by Dave Windass. With huge thanks to Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group.
Moved: Stories of poignant artistic experiences. Hull.
2013, Roots & Wings and Hull Libraries.
Everyone has a story of being moved by an artistic experience. Jerome collated the poignant stories of 30 of Hull’s residents. Podcast interviews (no longer available online, sorry) and portrait photographs.
Moved was funded by Roots & Wings and Hull Libraries, and was presented in 2013.
PODCAST PRODUCER | PHOTOGRAPHER | WRITER
Jerome Whittingham is a freelance podcast and audio features producer, documentary photographer, and writer.
Jerome is freelance Editor of North Staffs News, a constructive journalism project for North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Topics of interest include the arts, health and wellbeing, housing and homelessness, children and young people, dementia, addiction, local food and food sustainability, social enterprise, heritage, wildlife conservation, climate change, and the environment.
Jerome been commissioned photographer to Back to Ours and Appetite (2 Arts Council England, Creative People and Places projects), The Big Malarkey Festival (Hull Libraries and the James Reckitt Trust), Humber Mouth Literature Festival (Hull City Council and Wrecking Ball Press), Contains Strong Language (BBC and Wrecking Ball Press), Heads Up Theatre Festival (E52 Theatre and Battersea Arts), the Amy Johnson Festival, HullBID (Business Improvement District), and Artlink Hull’s Square Peg disability and diversity project.
Regularly in print, Jerome’s photographs have been published in The Guardian, The Yorkshire Post, Hull Daily Mail, The Big Issue (North), The Metro, and many trade and voluntary sector publications. He’s also been a regular guest and contributor to local BBC and community radio stations.
Jerome lives in Newcastle-under-Lyme in North Staffordshire.
Jerome returned to North Staffordshire in Spring 2021. Previously, he lived and worked in Hull for over 25 years.
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