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
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Jerwood/Photoworks Awards: new work by Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin and Lua Ribeira
- 6 April — 23 June 2018 *on now
The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks, supported by Arts Council England and Official Print Partner, Spectrum Photographic. Following a national open call, the three Awardees were selected from over 350 applicants. the Awardees benefitted from a year’s mentoring from internationally-renowned specialists including photographer Mitch Epstein, publisher Michael Mack, and gallerist Maureen Paley, as well as financial support to make new work.
Alejandra Carles-Tolra has photographed a community of ‘Janeites’ who celebrate Jane Austen’s work, dressing up in Regency period clothing and performing activities to keep the novelist’s words alive. Carles-Tolra says, ‘I am interested in challenging stereotypes and getting a better understanding of who these people are. What drives someone to dress up as if they were in the nineteenth century’? The resulting series, Where We Belong, explores the relationships between individual and group identity, as well as themes of femininity and escapism.
Sam Laughlin’s A Certain Movement focuses on patterns of animal behaviour and intricate natural processes occurring all around us. He says, ‘As a keen walker and bird-watcher, I have always been fascinated by the natural world and its systems’. Laughlin’s highly detailed observations of nests and ponds, trees and cliffs, reveal the traces of wildlife in the landscape, and a world that is increasingly marginalised by human activities.
Lua Ribeira’s Subida al Cielo (Ascent into Heaven) is a personal vision built on the fear of dying. Her staged photographs feature participants enacting imaginary and intriguing scenarios in gardens and graveyards. Ribeira’s work is motivated by a desire to escape from reality and a longing for mythological significance in contemporary life. She says, ‘I’m interested in classical mythology and religious symbols of mortality, and Subida al Cielo offers an allegorical exploration of the inevitable decay of the human body.’
The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks, supported by Arts Council England.
- Family friendly
Union by Noel Bowler
- 5 July — 22 September 2018
Bowler’s photographs show how the institutions of organised labour, designed to protect workers from exploitation in the nineteenth century, are responding to today’s economic uncertainty. Incorporating images from Russia, the USA, Poland and the UK, Union offers unprecedented access to rarely seen spaces, combining photographs of momentarily silent interiors of trade union offices alongside portraits of union leaders.
Bowler invites us to walk the well-trodden carpets and parquet floors, and to gaze at the utilitarian desks beneath strip lights and false ceilings. Each space offers clues to its inhabitants; flags, emblems and political posters allow the viewer’s imagination to populate each dormant scene.
There is a dry humour to Bowler’s work, the sparse setting of the Union of Polish Teachers in Warsaw is fittingly dominated by a large blackboard, whilst a cluttered desk at the Maritime Trades Department at the AFL-CIO in Washington DC demonstrates its inhabitant’s political leanings and sporting preferences. The ordinariness of many of these workspaces is undercut by the knowledge that these are sites where important contemporary battles around workers’ rights are taking place.
Bowler offers a unique insight into the pressures and challenges facing unions in this era of political and economic uncertainty, radical changes in traditional work practices and increased worker insecurity. This timely exhibition continues Bowler’s ongoing consideration of the political forces that shape our world, reflected through the organisation of social space.
Noel Bowler says, “Union is a journey through an anxious world where the apparent certainty of the past faces an unknown future.”
Union by Noel Bowler is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Culture Ireland.
- Any age
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