At a special event organised by HasleWorks, Haslemere-based artist and photographer, Heather Chuter, shared insight into the inspiration she finds in the town.
From charismatic portraits of local shopkeepers, business owners and community members to evocative landscapes, Haslemere has become a focus of Heather’s recent practice.
Heather presented images of her portraiture and commercial work from around the globe and spoke about her journey into photography. Born in Canada, Heather spent time living in London and Dubai before settling in Haslemere in 2017.
The event was the latest in a series of talks organised by HasleWorks, the new co-working space located in Haslemere Town Centre. Established to help local people work flexibly close to home but not at home, HasleWorks’ founders – who are all local residents – have created the space to be a community asset, bringing business to the High Street and providing a hub for other local organisations. Recently, HasleWorks hosted the Haslemere launch of Jeremy Hunt MP’s cancer centre campaign, a meeting for new start-up businesses and a drinks reception for Haslemere Chamber of Trade and Commerce.
Any profits raised by HasleWorks will be donated to local charitable causes.
Helen Bowcock, Co-Founder of HasleWorks, said:
“The most exciting thing about HasleWorks is to hear of all the very different things that our members are doing here under one roof. We are thrilled that Heather used our space to create a new design and it was fascinating to hear her story of how she became a photographer.”
Heather Chuter said:
“Helen and the other founders of HasleWorks succeeded in creating a beautiful and productive space to get work done. I find a new and interesting person every time I go in – as there is a chilled out network forming amongst the members. It is such a positive space.”
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Photo (left to right): Heather Chuter, Helen Bowcock and Jenny Thrower, Co-working Manager at HasleWorks