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Alchemy exhibition at Boston borough

A thought-provoking film in which people give no-holds barred views about modern-day Boston was the focus at the launch of an exhibition by the Alchemy Project.

The film showing launched a display of photographs of and about the town at Boston Borough Council's atrium art gallery area in Municipal Buildings in West Street.

Lincoln-based Blueprint Film Foundation made the film, It Ain't What It Used To Be, featuring Boston residents, for the Boston-based Alchemy Project  to help bridge the divide between cultures living in the town.

In the film young and old, men and women express what they think is best, worst and changing in Boston. Not all the comments are as expected - some speak in praise of living in Boston, with little criticism, although there are mentions on all sides of the argument about the appearance of people from Eastern Europe.

An invited audience attended the exhibition launch on Wednesday night, October 31, which also featured photographs taken by walkers documenting the town and its communities.

The second exhibition is called I Am Me and features photographs which were taken at the Boston Showcase 2012 event in September.

More than 60 portraits of Boston people were taken on the day and subjects were asked to write something about their life. The result is a fascinating insight into the thoughts, fears, hopes and issues facing the residents of the town.

Both exhibitions are open to the public until Friday, January 4, during normal office hours and are free.

The Alchemy project is run by JUST Lincolnshire, the county's equality and human rights organisation, with funding from the Community Development Foundation.

The Alchemy Project will initially run until March, 2013, and was conceived by JUST Lincolnshire. It is funded by the Community Development Foundation and other partners are Boston College, Boston Borough Council, South Lincolnshire Council for Voluntary Service, the Aegis Trust, Victim Support, Stop Hate UK and the Boston Community Safety Partnership.

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Standing, from left, Cllr Ossy Snell, third from left, Boston Borough Council leader Cllr Peter Bedford, Mayoress Kate Wainwright, Mayor Cllr Colin Brotherton, David Lambert, managing director of Cultural Solutions UK, Chris Searson, Alchemy Project film maker, Wes Shelbourne, general manager JUST Lincolnshire, Phil Drury, Boston Borough Council deputy chief executive and, wearing the red scarf, Katie Smith, Alchemy Project social artist and photographer. Also pictured are some of the Boston Police Cadets who were attending Municipal Buildings for a public speaking event, two of whom were filmed by Chris for another Alchemy Project production.