Sacrament of Marriage A Union of Ideas, Cultures and the Body & Mind

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

Fri 9 Jul 2010 - Sun 5 Sep 2010

Bradford Galleries and Museums is delighted to present a union of ideas in its exhibition, Sacrament of Marriage.  Working in partnership with Alchemy, as well as with the Northern School of Dance, the National Centre for Early Music, National Media Museum and Harewood House, Sacrament, is part of New Worlds: The Many Routes to Yorkshire. The exhibition celebrates the theme of marriages and alliances between people, cultures, art forms and the body & mind, using contemporary and historical works of art from the rich Bradford collections.  

The movement of South Asian and other communities to Bradford forged a “marriage” of cultures within the collections. Frank Johnson, who famously tutored David Hockney, captures Bradford’s changing identity in paintings that also “marry” Bradford past and present, conveying both celebration and a sense of loss.  Artists like Gillies Jones, Alnoor Mitha, Priscilla Morgan, Kalim Afzal, Nik Stanbury, Roger Barnes and Bharti Parmar show the impossibility of practising as a contemporary artist without “marrying” various sources of cultural inspiration in their work.        

As much a choreographed as a curated show, the installation and interpretation explore, in collaboration with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, the “marriage” of mind and body involved in the creation of a work of art.   

The concept for Sacrament of Marriage has been devised by Alchemy.  It is curated by Alchemy in partnership with Bradford Galleries and Museums.

New Worlds is part of the imove programme, funded by Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England and Yorkshire Forward.  imove celebrates and challenges the relationship between people and their moving bodies through a series of exciting and innovative arts projects across Yorkshire.

This innovative programme looks at the extraordinary mix that is modern day Yorkshire – marrying individuals from across the world with the region’s heritage and contemporary vibrancy and links the visual arts, music, dance, film and new media together in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics.

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