What’s it like to be 16-years-old? In a new touring exhibition, Sixteen, contemporary photographers join forces with more than 170 16-year-olds across the UK to explore their dreams, hopes and fears and who and what they care about.

Funded by Arts Council England, the idea for Sixteen was originally conceived by photographer Craig Easton in collaboration with 16-year-olds at the time of the Scottish independence referendum, the first – and only – time in in the United Kingdom 16-year-olds have been given the vote. Due to the success of Easton’s original work, he invited some of the UK’s foremost documentary portrait photographers to continue the project. Working with photography, film, social media, audio recordings and writing, they brought together the faces and testimonies of young people from diverse communities across the UK. 

Main image: Chris Nunn, Carlton and Dominique. 

After launch in Greater Manchester and at Format Photography Festival earlier this year, Sixteen is now beginning the first leg of its UK tour which includes exhibitions in Hull, Shetland, Wirral and Widnes. A short film about the Sixteen project is on Vimeo