Local heroes - the portraits

The Local Heroes commission, as part of the Reading on Thames Festival,  has documented in portrait people who have done something amazing for Reading.  Those selected to have their portraits from among the many nominees represent the broad spectrum of Reading’s cultural, social and community life.  Reviewing the nominations were Larry Watson from the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Mary Genis from CultureMix, and Steph Weller, Reading on Thames Festival Producer. The Local Heroes portraits were taken by commissioned photographer Salvo Toscano. 

Paul Stacey

Paul Stacey was nominated for consistently enabling young people to access high quality theatre opportunities, and for Reading Rep’s community based outreach work offering workshops, free tickets and performance opportunities to those who find it hardest to access the arts.

Lisa-Marie Gibbs

Lisa-Marie Gibbs  was nominated for her work empowering people to take control and achieve their potential, particularly those facing mental health challenges, those in hospital and care homes, and children with English as a second language.

Victor Koroma and Cecily Mwaniki

Victor Koroma and Cecily Mwaniki  were joint winners for their work with ACRE, particularly around the issue of FGM, and for their relentless campaigning for equality and fairness.

Kathryn McCann

Kathryn McCann  was nominated for her dedication to the environment and sustainability through her support for various initiatives including Reading Farmers’ Market, Reading Green Drinks and Ethical Reading.

Tutu Melaku

Tutu Melaku was nominated for her charitable work, her community spirit, and her unstinting encouragement of others.