University of Chester students are preparing to transform the city’s Forum Shopping Centre into a giant picture gallery showcasing a vast array of photographs based on themes which they hope will attract significant audiences.

Forum Shopping Centre bosses have given the go-ahead for a group of photography students to move into five of the shopping centre’s units which they will decorate with their photo collections as part of a city-wide ‘collaborative photography exhibition’.

Displays in each of the units will be based on specific themes ranging from ‘Growing Up’ to ‘Fear’ and from ‘Hidden Identity in the Workplace’ to ‘What Makes a Woman’, a subject which will feature a photograph of a woman wearing badly applied make-up.

Vicky Evans, a second year student from the Wirral, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to give their interpretation of the themes and I’m sure we’ll be in for some surprises – but nothing inappropriate.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how the public react to our work.

“Enabling us to display our photographs in public is an opportunity that we are all looking forward to.

“It’s a brief we have been given by our tutors and its one, I’m sure all of us will enjoy.”

Forum Centre manager Lawrence Allen added: “We’ve had student displays on a smaller scale in the past, but we are delighted to be able to help the university’s Collaborative Photography Exhibition by providing these five units for the use of groups of students.

“When they have settled in, the end result should be a dazzling display of photography that not only highlights their photographic skills but also entertains and perhaps inspire the shopping public as they pass by.

“As always, we wish the students every success with their projects and our advice to our regular customers is; ‘enjoy’!”