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Impressions Gallery

Impressions Gallery is one of the UK's independent leading venues for photography. Through its commissioning programme it supports and promotes innovative and creative work that extends the boundaries of current photographic and digital media practice. Impressions is based in a new purpose-built gallery in Bradford. Our investment supports its core activities and arts programme.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £200,700
  • 2013-2014: £205,517
  • 2014-2015: £211,090

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Hidden Schools Tour: Behind the Scenes

In 2013 and 2014, Impressions Gallery toured the exhibition 'Hidden' by Red Saunders to 12 schools across the Bradford district, as part of Arts Council England’s Strategic touring programme. 'Hidden' features large-scale photographs of momentous, yet often overlooked, events in British history, which are full of rich detail to spark the imagination of children and young people. The exhibition has strong links to national curriculum subjects including History, English, Citizenship and Art, and an extensive workshop programme accompanied the tour. Produced by Impressions Gallery and Twenty Twenty Films. Read more at http://hiddenschoolstour.com/ The Hidden Schools Tour is funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery and supported by Bradford Metropolitan District Council. © Impressions Gallery 2014

Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland

New Focus interview Document Scotland about 'Beyond the Border' showing at Impressions Gallery from 01st Jul - 27th Sep 2014 New Focus is Impressions Gallery's young people's advisory board an initiative developed by the gallery to share the ideas and opinions of young people and bring projects to life.

What does it mean to be Scottish?

New Focus our young people's project group asked Document Scotland "What does it mean to be Scottish?". This film is made to coincide with 'Beyond the Border' showing at Impressions Gallery from 01st Jul - 27th Sep 2014

This Is Me

Morphing film made by Shanaz Gulzar to accompany This Is Me, our newly commissioned piece of public artwork exhibited in Impressions large Reception windows, overlooking Bradford. This Is Me will also be screened throughout the exhibition period of 10 July to 31 October 2014 on Bradford's Big Screen. This Is Me and the Start programme at Impressions Gallery is funded by The Prince's Foundation For Children and the Arts

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Beyond The Border: New Documentary Photography from Scotland

Stop frame animation showing our hang week for our new exhibition from Document Scotland

Thirteen Stop Frame animation

See behind the scenes of our new exhibition Thirteen by George Chakravarthi.

Super Saturday Photo Journey 22 February '14

We had a Super Saturday on the 22 February creating a Photo Journey, linking Impressions Gallery with Bradford City Children's Library. Join us in the Gallery every weekend for our regular Saturday Stop creative activities for children and families from 10 am

Installation of Paul Reas' "Day Dreaming About The Good Times?"

Earlier this month we were busy working behind the scenes to install Paul Reas' first major retrospective "Day Dreaming About The Good Times?". We captured the transformation of the gallery in a specially created time lapse film to give visitors a sneak preview of what goes on during our exhibition changeovers.

Melanie Friend: The Home Front

Interview with Melanie friend by New Focus, Impressions YOung People's advisory Board.

Installation of Melanie Friend 'The Home Front' at Impressions Gallery: Day 4

A selection of time lapse movies and photographs to show our busy hang week, giving you a behind the scenes glimpse of how Melanie Friend's 'The Home Front' came together.

Installation of Melanie Friend 'The Home Front' at Impressions Gallery: Day 3

A selection of time lapse movies and photographs to show our busy hang week, giving you a behind the scenes glimpse of how Melanie Friend's 'The Home Front' came together.

Installation of Melanie Friend 'The Home Front' at Impressions Gallery: Day 2

A selection of time lapse movies and photographs to show our busy hang week, giving you a behind the scenes glimpse of how Melanie Friend's 'The Home Front' came together.

Installation of Melanie Friend 'The Home Front' at Impressions Gallery: Day 1

A selection of time lapse movies and photographs to show our busy hang week, giving you a behind the scenes glimpse of how Melanie Friend's 'The Home Front' came together.

'An important message about the arts' - an animated video by artist David Shrigley

For more information about Save the Arts, please visit http://www.savethearts.org.uk or subscribe to the SaveTheArtsTV channel on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/SaveTheArtsTV Over a hundred leading artists including David Hockney, Damien Hirst, Anthony Caro, Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Richard Hamilton, Bridget Riley, Antony Gormley and Tracey Emin have joined the campaign to make the case against the proposed 25% cuts in government funding of the arts. The campaign is launched today with the release of a new video animation by artist David Shrigley highlighting the effect of the funding cuts and a new work by Jeremy Deller with Scott King. Each week the work of a different artist, created in response to the campaign, will be released. Mark Wallinger will present the next project. Supporters of the artists' campaign will be asked to sign a petition which will be sent to the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. It points out that it has taken 50 years to create a vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world and appeals to the government not to slash arts funding and risk destroying this long-term achievement and the social and economic benefits it brings to all. The artists acknowledge that reasonable cuts and efficiencies are necessary but they fear that the 25% cuts being proposed will destroy much of what has been achieved and will have a particularly damaging impact on national and regional museums and their collections. The campaign is being organised by the London branch of a national consortium of over 2,000 arts organisations and artists dedicated to working together and finding new ways to support the arts in the UK. The costs of David Shrigley's animation have been covered with a grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Robert Dufton, Paul Hamlyn Foundation Director, said: "We are pleased to support this campaign and hope that its message is taken on board. As independent funder of the arts we are aware of the effect that cuts will have on many of the organisations we support. We stand to lose a great deal as a society if arts organisations are forced to stop the very valuable work they do."

Gavin Parry / Inside Out / Impressions Gallery

In 2007 Impressions Gallery and Bradford 1 Gallery commissioned photographer Gavin Parry to document our new building in Centenary Square, Bradford, as it underwent the dramatic transformation from shell to state-of-the-art galleries. The resulting photographs were presented in this film on the Bradford Big Screen with an accompanying soundtrack listing the historic uses of the site over the years, recorded by various people involved in the hands-on construction of the new galleries. The photographs also formed the basis of the publication 'Relocation' with a foreword by influential designer Wayne Hemingway. In the book Parry's wry and perceptive photographic observations are be accompanied by text drawn from sources ranging from documents about the site's history to snippets of overheard conversations. "I'm interested not just in the architectural and design details, but the evidence of human activity -- the tea and biscuits and the wiring diagrams drawn on the wall." Gavin Parry To view details on the completed publication Reconstruction by Gavin Parry please click here http://bit.ly/bFH7k8

Ultima Thule / Stephen Vaughan / Impressions Gallery

Photographer Stephen Vaughan discusses his stunning large-scale landscape photographs which explore the connections between geology, archaeology and history. Ultima Thule was exhibited at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK from 13 February to 13 April 2008 Read more about the exhibition at: http://bit.ly/9xhMPM Directed by Anne McNeill Filmed and edited by Sarabjit Kohli Video © Impressions Gallery 2008 Photography © Stephen Vaughan

Anna Fox / Cockroach Diary & Other Stories / Impressions Gallery

'Cockroach Diary and other stories' brings together works spanning twenty-five years that convey a compelling sense of both the ordinary and the bizarre in British life. This major exhibition is the first survey show by Anna Fox, one of the most significant photographers to emerge from the new wave of British colour documentary of the 1980s. The exhibition at Impressions Gallery ran from 2 July to 7 September 2008 and has also subsequently toured to other UK venues.Read more about the exhibition http://www.impressions-gallery.com/exhibitions/exhibition.php?id=3 In 2010 'Cockroach Diary and other stories' was nominated for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, which rewards a living photographer of any nationality who has made an outstanding contribution to photography in Europe. Directed by Anne McNeill Filmed and edited by Sarabjit Kohli Video © Impressions Gallery 2008 Photography © Anna Fox

Liza Dracup / Sharpes Wood / Impressions Gallery

Exhibition on tour PM Gallery, London 13 November 2010 to 8 January 2011 http://bit.ly/c0MGHS Ever since she can remember, Bradford born photographer Liza Dracup has been fascinated by the mystery of the woods and what she describes as the "fear and curiosity of both night and woodland...and childhood experiences associated with myth and memory". In this body of work, Dracup has chosen to explore her intimate knowledge of a woodland space on the outskirts of a city. 'Sharpe's Wood' was commissioned by Impressions Gallery and made over a period of four years. It was the very first exhibition shown at Impressions Gallery's new Centenary Square venue from 18 August to 7 October 2007 and has also subsequently toured to other UK venues. Read more about the exhibition http://www.impressions-gallery.com/exhibitions/exhibition.php?id=3 Directed by Anne McNeill Filmed and edited by Sarabjit Kohli Video © Impressions Gallery 2007 Photography © Liza Dracup

Hand to Mouth / Tessa Bunney / Impressions Gallery

Tessa Bunney explores the lives of villagers and nomadic shepherds in Romania's Carpathian Mountains in 'Hand to Mouth', an exhibition of photographs made over a period of four years. Hand to Mouth was exhibited at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, from 13 October to 2 December 2007 and has also subsequently toured to other UK venues. Read more about the exhibition http://www.impressions-gallery.com/exhibitions/exhibition.php?id=2 Directed by Anne McNeill Filmed and edited by Sarabjit Kohli Video © Impressions Gallery 2007 Photography © Tessa Bunney

Direct Film/ OKO / Impressions Gallery

This handmade film was created during a practical introduction to 16mm camera-less filmmaking at Impressions Gallery. This leisurely afternoon workshop led by experimental film collective OKO, allowed participants experiment with camera-less film techniques including drawing, scratching and painting on film. The film was created by Joeie Fraser, Lyra Fraser, Evie-May Fraser, Dave Linley, Mr & Mrs Holland, Remiguisz Tomecki, Shari Baker, Rob Lycett, Russ D. Hunter, Selina Ditta, Darren Boocker, Jennifer Sobol, Katriona Skinner, Indya Mealing, Alex Gaites, Mark Pickles, Joanna Byrne. To read more about the workshop go to http://www.impressions-gallery.com/events/event.php?id=139 To read more about OKO go to http://oko-lab.blogspot.com/

Two Little Girls (shown as part of the exhibition not Natasha)

'Two Little Girls' was shown as part of the exhibition 'not Natasha' by Dana Popa at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, in partnership with Autograph ABP. This hard-hitting and harrowing exhibition, documented the experiences of sex-trafficked women from Moldova through photography and collected stories. Read more about the exhibition at http://bit.ly/9j3RlH The short animated film 'Two Little Girls' follows the stories of two young women who are cruelly deceived by loved ones. Their stories reflect the two most common ways women and girls are lured from their homes and are trafficked into prostitution by people they know and trust. The film was made in consultation with five Albanian women who were trafficked into the UK and had agreed to share their experiences with the film makers to ensure the accuracy of their stories. This a powerful cautionary tale which has already become a talking point amongst victims of the sex-trafficking trade. While many films on the subject are often distressing and difficult to watch, this film draws in the audience with its animated fairy tale stlye and music before hitting home with its serious message. Narrated by Juliet Stevenson. Produced by Maggie Baxter and Ruth Beni. Directed by Peter Baynton.

Once more, with feeling: Recent photography from Colombia / Curator Pippa Oldfield

Curator Pippa Oldfield discusses the work of six contemporary artists from Colombia, exploring interlinking themes of repetition, memory and performance. This major international exhibition of photography and video work was organised by Impressions in joint collaboration with The Photographers Gallery (London). Once more, with feeling: Recent photography from Colombia was first shown at Impressions Gallery from 14 December 2007 to 3 February 2008. To find out more about this exhibition visit: http://bit.ly/aAmYSa Directed by Anne McNeill. Filmed and edited by Sarabjit Kohli. Video © Impressions Gallery 2007. Photography © Juan Pablo Echeverri, María Elvira Escallón, Oscar Muñoz, María Isabel Rueda, Milena Bonilla, Juan Manuel Echavarría

Résidence Astral / Marjolaine Ryley / Impressions Gallery

Marjolaine Ryley explores family relationships across generations and countries in Résidence Astral, an exhibition of photographs spanning twelve years. Residence Astral was exhibited at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK from 23 April to 22 June 2008 Read more about the exhibition at http://bit.ly/9etbdO Directed by Anne McNeill. Video © Impressions Gallery 2008. Photography © Marjolaine Ryley

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