Learning & Audience Development Co-ordinator (Contact for Group Visits)
Impressions Gallery opened in 1972 as one of the first specialist contemporary photography galleries in Europe. Since then we have established ourselves as a leading international exhibition space for photography and digital art. We support and promote innovative and creative work that extends the boundaries of current photographic practice. Digital imagery, film and video are essential resources for the contemporary artist, and this is reflected in our programme. We are a small not-for-profit organisation who are dedicated towards providing the local community and our wider international audiences the very best of contemporary photography and digital media.
Tuesday - 10am to 6pm
Wednesday - 10am to 6pm
Thursday - 10am to 6pm
Friday - 10am to 5pm
Saturday - 10pm to 5pm
Sunday - Closed
Mondays - Closed
Booking advised for group visits. Please call 0845 0515 882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thirteen at Impressions Gallery
- 20 March — 21 June 2014 *on now
Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this is the first time Thirteen will be shown outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, where the exhibition was originally shown.
Thirteen is a series of powerful self-portraits presented as light boxes. Delhi-born Chakravarthi is an artist who works with performance and photographic imagery to explore and challenge assumptions of gender, sexual and racial identity. In Thirteen, he assumes the roles of some of Shakespeare's doomed characters, including Mark Antony, Othello, Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Cleopatra, and Romeo and Juliet. In doing so, Chakravarthi explores themes of ambiguity of gender and masking of identity, often central to Shakespeare’s plays.
Chakravarthi says “Changing perceptions of suicide seemed fertile and contemporary territory for exploration, especially in the context of our current political history and the direct connection to Shakespeare's representation of death as an act of courage, passion and honour.”
Using himself as a starting point, Chakravarthi worked behind the scenes with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s costume department to dramatically reconstruct his identity and take on the guise of each character. Each image is layered with multiple textures and surfaces drawn from diverse sources including cobwebs, mould and precious stones. The result of this painstaking process is a series of complex jewel-like images mounted in light boxes, which glow with colour and rich texture, recalling stained glass, monuments or tombs.
George Chakravarthi (b.1969) was born in New Delhi, India and moved to the UK at the age of ten. Most of his work explores ideas of 'selfhood' and deconstructs socially accepted definitions of gender, sexual and racial identity within live, photographic and video performances. A multi-disciplinary artist, he draws inspiration from cinema, art history, public and private spaces, and from collective social histories. He has performed and exhibited nationally in venues including Site Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum, and internationally, Mousonturm (Germany), Tilburg Dance Academy (The Netherlands), and The Queens Gallery (India). He has been commissioned by the BBC, Artangel, INIVA, Arts Council England, The Live Art Development Agency and The British Council. He trained at The University of Brighton, The Royal Academy of Arts and The Royal College of Art where he completed his MA in 2003. He was 'Thinker in Residence' at The Live Art Development Agency and lectures at The University of Brighton. Chakravarthi lives and works in London.
- Any age
Feed Your Mind at Impressions Gallery
- 1 May 2014 12:30-1:30pm
Richard MacSween, lecturer in Shakepeare at the University of Bradford, will be discussing themes of Thirteen and the rich imagery used in Shakespeare’s texts.
Evoking death, drama and identity, George Chakravarthi re-imagines thirteen Shakespearean characters who meet their ends through suicide. Thirteen is a series of powerful self-portraits presented as light boxes. Coinciding with the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this is the first time Thirteen will be shown outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Come along and take part in a relaxed discussion to inspire and inform your point of view.
Free event, no booking required.
Carry on the conversation downstairs in Forsters Bistro and Deli, who have kindly offered 10% off all eat-in meals for attendees of Feed Your Mind. Simply hand your voucher to your server when ordering.
- Any age
Time for Tea at Impressions Gallery
- 16 May 2014 11:30am-1:30pm
At 12.30pm our Learning Manager Sophie Powell will give a short introduction to our exhibition Thirteen by George Chakravarthi, who explores the fate of 13 doomed Shakespearean characters in a set of powerful self-portraits presented as large lightboxes.
At 1.00pm enjoy some fantastic music from 3 Chord Max Ukulele Group
Time for Tea is our regular free event for the over 55s but everyone is welcome to drop in.
- Any age