Bradford Museums and Galleries International Art Collection is a comparatively young collection, developed by way of purchasing, gifts and donations with curators, past and present, steering the direction of collecting with influence from Bradford's communities. However this exhibition explores the collection through a different prespective where commissioned artists have produced new and imaginative works, which have shaped the collection by introducing new, creative and thought provoking works, taking inspiration from the objects in the collection and the ethos of collecting.
To mark the 25th anniversary of collecting, this exhibiton showcases four new art commissions created by artists and practitioners chosen for excellence in their field, who work in a medium or theme complimentary to the International Art collection. This includes a ceramic mosaic by Lubna Chowdhary, Eric Broug's Islamic Jali screen, digital installation by Soraya Syed and Barbara Green's silk hangings. Displayed alongside these are collection items the artists have 'taken inspiration' from and artworks from the artists'collections.
Thanks to support from Arts Council England, four other leading Bradford artists have also responded to the collection. These are Bradford's Nick Toczek (storyteller and puppeteer), Zaffar Kunial (poet), Kala Sangam (Indian dance and music) and Sehaj Singh (Indian classical instrumentalist).
For accompanying events programme please go to the What's On section of the website. Events and workshops are free however booking is essential - telephone: 01274 431212.
Threads of Life
The story of the new vestments and frontals produced for Bradford Cathedral by Polly Meynell
5 May - 24 June 2015
In collaboration with Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. This display of sacred items is drawn from the collections at the Cathedral and Cartwright Hall Art Gallery.
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