Photography exhibition of ‘Life in Whitehawk’.

Besi Besemar May 28, 2019

Crew Club hosts community photography exhibition of Life in Whitehawk – Volume 1 – Lisa Pettitt and Sharon Scaife.

Club Crew - Photo: James Curtis
Club Crew – Photo: James Curtis

WHITEWHAWK, Volume 1 is an exhibition of documentary photography taken by local residents Lisa Pettitt and Sharon Scaife and organised by Curtis James.

The exhibition is the culmination of a year-long documentary process and aims to tell diverse, inside stories about Whitehawk: on death and life, housing, (extended) family and chicken pie.

Whitehawk is an estate originally developed by Brighton Council between 1933 and 1937, and added to in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Lisa has lived in the area since 1997 and Sharon since 2009. They had no formal photography experience until a year ago. Curtis James grew up on the Bristol Estate and went to school in Whitehawk in the 1980s.

Curtis James said: “I grew up in Whitehawk and this exhibition has been in the making since I left 26 years ago. I want people and policy-makers to see Whitehawk through Lisa and Sharon’s eyes, rather than through indices of deprivation or negative news stories.”

The exhibition is free to attend and takes place in the beating heart of Whitehawk, the Crew Club (started in 1999 by Lorraine and Darren Snow in response to the fatal stabbing of a 16 year-old on the Whitehawk estate).

It runs from Wednesday, June 12 to Saturday, June 15. Opening hours are 10.30am to 6pm every day, with tours/discussion at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Saturday, June 15.

The exhibition is the first of a series of planned Whitehawk Volumes – community exhibitions/publications by, of and for the people of Whitehawk.

For more information or to get involved in the forthcoming Whitehawk, Volume 2, contact Curtis James at

Event: Life in Whitehawk – Volume 1 – Lisa Pettitt and Sharon Scaife

Where: Crew Club, The Crew Club, 26 Coolham Drive, Whitehawk, Brighton

When: June 12-15, 2019

Time: 10.30am – 6pm

Cost: Free entry