Dimbola Museum and Galleries
Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
Exhibitions & Operations Coordinator
Dimbola Museum and Galleries is housed within the former home of Julia Margaret Cameron, the noted Victorian portrait photographer. Dimbola is not only where Cameron began and carried out most of her acclaimed work, but was also a centre of Victorian culture. Today Dimbola hosts the largest permanent exhibition in the UK of Cameron's work, as well as a changing programme of photography and art exhibitions.
We are open Tues-Sun 10am - 5pm from 1 March to 31 October
We are open Tues-Sun 10am - 4pm from 1 November to 28 February
Also open Bank Holiday Mondays and every day during the School Summer Holidays 10am - 5pm
Closed: Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays
Students £3.50 (With a valid NUS Card)
Children under 16 years FREE.
Discounts for groups of 10 or more.
- Museums Association
Original and/or unique photographic images, papers, cameras, books etc. relating to, associated with and illustrating the life and works of Julia Margaret Cameron, or to the life and works of the ‘Freshwater Circle’, or to the history of Dimbola Lodge.
Social History, Photography, Personalities, Literature, Fine Art, Film and Media, Archives
Key artists and exhibits
- photographic exhibitions; Julia Margaret Cameron; Isle of Wight Pop Festivals, past and present; famous contemporary photogaphers (e.g. Lord Snowdon); young and up-and-coming photographers; artists
Wayne Levin ‘Through a Liquid Mirror’
At an early age Wayne Levin was given a Brownie camera and a little kit to develop his own film, and from that day on he was hooked on photography. Now the internationally acclaimed photographer, who has exhibited all over the world, from a major public collection at MOMA, NY to many exhibitions in Tokyo and Hawaii, is now exhibiting for the first time in UK at Dimbola Museum and Galleries.
A rare and gifted photographer, Levin takes the reader on journeys through underwater landscapes from the waters of the Hawaiian Islands to Costa Rica and Micronesia. Much like the master of the ‘Decisive moment’ Henri Cartier-Bresson, in his own underwater world Levin has a way of capturing moments in black and white that have been described as ‘eloquent visual statements of a mysterious world.’
Wayne Levin and Kimberley Piggott, Exhibition Manager, have together selected a broad range of photographs from his collection ‘Through a Liquid Mirror’ that take the viewer on an underwater journey, from diving with humpback whales and discovering sunken relics, to roughing the waves with ‘old school’ surfers.
There really is something for everyone.
Adults £4 Students £3.50 (with valid NUS card) Children under 16 years FREE
Pavey & Gilbert
Several years ago, a photographer found some negatives in a junk shop. Artistically shot, they showed the life of a London couple during the 1920s and 1930s and included images of a holiday on the Isle of Wight. The names on the packets were Pavey and Gilbert.
Who was Pavey? Who was Gilbert?
Although the photographer eventually found out much more about them and was even able to reunite the photographs with members of their families, visitors to the exhibition will be encouraged to make up their own minds about the pictures and the people in them.
The setting for the exhibition is the imagined drawing room of Pavey and Gilbert where visitors can sit and look through photograph albums whilst the sounds of the photographs play in the background.
There will be activity sheets for younger visitors with a special box of objects for them to touch.
A writing competition for children and adults, inspired by the photographs, will run in conjunction with the exhibition. More information will be available at www.paveyandgilbert.co.uk and at the exhibition itself from the middle of April.
About the creator of the exhibition
Christopher Coggins studied photography at the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design, graduating in 1994. Since then, he has lived and worked in London as a photographer.
- Any age