18th Feb - 16th May 2015
Realism in Rawiya presents the work of Rawiya, the first all female photographic collective to emerge from the Middle East. With a specific focus on gender and identity, the exhibition presents a thoughtful view of a region in flux, balancing its contradictions while reflecting on social and political issues and stereotypes.
13th Dec - 7th Feb 2015
In the culmination of a major two-year project working with twelve schools across Bradford, young people take over Impressions Gallery with an exhibition showcasing their creativity.
Featuring photographic tableaux re-imagining the past and playful contemporary portraits, the students’ work explores history and social identity.
7th Oct - 6th Dec 2014
Hunters explores the complex relationship between humans and animals, documenting the game hunting industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is the most comprehensive exhibition in the UK of Chancellor’s work to date, including many images exhibited for the first time.
A touring exhibition from INSTITUTE and David Chancellor.
1st Jul - 27th Sep 2014
Sophie Gerrard, Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Stephen McLaren
Set against the backdrop of the historic referendum on Scotland’s Independence, Beyond the Border brings together four Scottish photographers, each with a distinctive view of a nation in the midst of intense debate about its future.
20th Mar - 21st Jun 2014
Evoking death, drama and identity, George Chakravarthi re-imagines the thirteen Shakespearean characters who met their ends through suicide.
Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this is the first time Thirteen will be shown outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, where the exhibition was originally shown.
10th Dec - 8th Mar 2014
Paul Reas is one of the most significant photographers to emerge from the new wave of British colour documentary of the mid-1980s. Spanning thirty years from Thatcherite Britain to today’s recession, and encompassing themes of class, consumption, work and leisure, this is the international premiere of Reas’ first major retrospective.
14th Sep - 23rd Nov 2013
From the distant silhouette of a Lancaster bomber glimpsed over a British seaside resort, to the hidden world of global arms trade fairs, The Home Front explores links between militarism, marketing and entertainment. Made over four years, this is the international premiere of photographer Melanie Friend’s major new exhibition.
5th Jul - 31st Aug 2013
Major survey of James Barnor’s work, spanning Ghana and London from the late 1940s to early 1970s. The exhibition showcases a range of street and studio photographs – modern and vintage - with elaborate backdrops, fashion portraits in glorious colour, as well as social documentary features, many commissioned for pioneering South African magazine Drum during the ‘swinging 60s’ in London.
26th Apr - 22nd Jun 2013
Opening on the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Liquid Land: Legacies of Oil and Power reveals the struggles and resilience of people living in some of the world's most polluted areas in the former Soviet Union.
1st Mar - 6th Apr 2013
What does Bradford mean to you?
Bradford is… showcases one outcome from a three-month long community project that responded to Impressions Gallery’s recent 40th Anniversary exhibition Roads to Wigan Pier. First shown in 1984, the exhibition depicted life in the North of England.
A partnership project between Impressions Gallery and Artworks Creative Communities
18th Jan - 13th Apr 2013
Israel and its surrounding territories have been an area of dispute since the country’s establishment in 1948. In this timely and relevant exhibition, Yaakov Israel takes us on a photographic journey across a complex land, offering a personal viewpoint of the nation that shares his name.
28th Sep - 5th Jan 2013
Russell Boyce, Huw Davies, Julian Germain, Graham Hall, John Kemp, Tim Smith
In November 1972 Impressions Gallery opened in a room above a shop in York with the first ever exhibition by the then unknown Martin Parr. As one of the first specialist photography galleries in Europe it has gone on to play a vital role in championing photography and has had a huge impact on the development of the photographic culture in Britain. To mark this occasion Anne McNeill, Director of Impressions, has selected from the gallery’s archive an exhibition first shown in October 1984.
Paul Floyd Blake
24th Jun - 15th Sep 2012
Made over a period of five years, Personal Best explores the stories of sixteen young athletes in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The exhibition documents a unique time in British history, and captures the development of a generation of sportspeople as they grow from childhood to adulthood within the intense world of elite sport. This is the UK premiere and first major solo show of award-winning photographer Paul Floyd Blake.
6th Apr - 16th Jun 2012
In its British premiere, Making Space explores the expansion and development of Islam in contemporary Ireland. Made over the course of three years, the exhibition examines the reuse of spaces for the purpose of prayer by Muslim communities throughout Ireland. This is Noel Bowler’s first major solo show in Britain.
30th Sep - 31st Dec 2011
Red Saunders’ epic photographic tableaux vivants (‘living pictures’) recreate momentous but overlooked events from Britain’s struggle for democracy and equality, from the Peasants Revolt of 1381 to the Chartist movement of the mid nineteenth century. Shown as part of
Ways of Looking, a new photography festival in Bradford.
Exhibition on tour
People's History Museum, Manchester, 9 March to 29 September 2013.
30th Sep - 30th Oct 2011
Showing at Bradford Hungarian and Social Centre
Makeshift Monuments was created over two years in the Bradford Hungarian Cultural and Social Centre, during the run up to its closure in the summer of 2010. This site specific installation of photographs are pasted directly onto the walls of the disused social club where viewers are invited to move through to see the exhibition. Showing as part of Ways of Looking, a new photography festival in Bradford.
10th Jun - 17th Sep 2011
The result of five year’s unprecedented access and international investigation, Murray Ballard offers an amazing photographic insight into the practice of cryonics: the process of freezing a human body after death in the hope that scientific advances may one day bring it back to life.
Exhibition on tour
Moral Holiday (group show) Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art 26 October 2012 to 12 January 2013
4th Mar - 28th May 2011
Award-winning photographer Zed Nelson reflects on the cultural and commercial forces that drive a global obsession with youth and beauty.
Exhibition on tour
Durham Art Gallery, 5 May to 24 June 2012
Perspektivet Museum, Norway, 11 October to 27 January 2013
Light House and Wolverhampton Art Gallery 16 February to 8 June 2013
17th Sep - 14th Nov 2010
Peter van Agtmael, Sama Alshaibi,
Farhad Ahrarnia, Lisa Barnard, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Edmund Clark, Kay May,
Asef Ali Mohammad, and Christopher Sims
Challenging the conventions of traditional war photography, this international exhibition draws together powerful photographic responses that connect both directly and indirectly with conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2nd Jul - 5th Sep 2010
Three ramshackle wooden cabins, assembled by the artist from discarded wood and salvaged building materials, invite the visitor to explore. Inside, flickering 16mm films reveal the lives of modern-day hermits who live in isolated spots in Northern Europe.
5th Feb - 18th Apr 2010
Impressions Gallery, in partnership with Autograph ABP, presents
not Natasha by award-winning photographer Dana Popa.
This hard-hitting and harrowing project, made over the last four years, documents the experiences of sex-trafficked women from Moldova through photography and collected stories. Popa says, ‘Natasha is the nickname given to prostitutes with Eastern European looks. Sex trafficked girls hate it’.
20th Nov - 24th Jan 2010
Subterrania, a solo exhibition of large scale photographic works by British artist Fiona Crisp, invites the viewer to explore underground worlds. Two new works made in Yorkshire, specially commissioned by Impressions Gallery, will be unveiled for the first time in Bradford.
18th Sep - 8th Nov 2009
The Last Things provides an exclusive glimpse of the Ministry of Defence’s secret crisis management centre beneath the streets of central London. Over an eight-month period in 2006 and 2007, David Moore was allowed unprecedented access to one of the inner sanctums of government. This secret space, only to be used in a major national emergency, hides a strictly controlled working environment continuously on stand-by.
26th Jun - 6th Sep 2009
Front brings together three new artworks exploring the beach, family photography and motherhood. This solo show by Trish Morrissey, comprising photographs, video and a sound installation, receives its international premiere at Impressions Gallery.
8th Apr - 14th Jun 2009
Clothes for Living and Dying brings together photographs and video works exploring the role that clothing plays in two rites of passage, graduations and funerals, in Kern’s ancestral homeland of Croatia/Bosnia-Herzegovina.
A Touring Exhibition from the University of Hertfordshire Galleries
13th Sep - 9th Nov 2008
Immerse yourself in the world of HD – high definition video. Thirteen artists take on the challenge of creating a short film based on a single shot. Projected at a large scale in the gallery, their diverse responses exploit the superb detail of HD, explore the tension between the still photograph and the moving image and depict scenes from Manchester to Whitby.
2nd Jul - 7th Sep 2008
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.
Shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2010.
Exhibition on tour
Bonington Gallery, Nottingham 22 February to 1 April 2011
Photomonth in Krakow, Poland 4 May to 31 May 2010
The Photographers' Gallery, London (2010 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize) 12 February to 2 May 2010
Ffotogallery, Cardiff 28 August to 10 October 2009
Winchester Gallery 19 November to 19 December 2008
13th Feb - 13th Apr 2008
Stephen Vaughan’s stunning large-scale landscape photographs explore the connections between geology, archaeology and history.
Exhibition on tour
Photofusion, London 8 April to 27 May 2011
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle 4 December 2010 to 6 February 2011
Dick Institute Art Gallery, Kilmarnock 8 May to 28 August 2010
The Gallery, Arts University College Bournemouth 19 October to 27 November 2009
14th Dec - 3rd Feb 2008
Six contemporary artists from Colombia explore interlinking themes of repetition, memory and performance.
This major international exhibition of photography and video work is organised by Impressions in joint collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery (London).
Exhibition on tour
Rugby Art Gallery and Museum 13 June to 8 March 2009
The University of Hertfordshire 29 October to 29 November 2008
The Photographers' Gallery 18 April to 15 June 2008
The University of Essex 21 February to 22 March 2008
13th Oct - 2nd Dec 2007
Hand to Mouth, commissioned by Impressions, explores the lives of villagers and nomadic shepherds in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains.
Exhibition on tour
Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes 31 May to 13 July 2011
Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth 14 November to 19 December 2009
18th Aug - 7th Oct 2007
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 new body of work, Dracup has chosen to explore her intimate knowledge of a woodland space on the outskirts of a city.
Exhibition on tour
PM Gallery, London 13 November 2010 to 8 January 2011
St James's University Hospital, Leeds 14 April to 14 July 2010
6th Oct - 15th Oct 2006
Liza Dracup brings the night-time glow of urban woodland fringes into the heart of the city in this special outdoor presentation of her photographic work Sharpe’s Wood.
Presented by Impressions Gallery and showing as part of Illuminate’s Light Night Festival, this series of five large scale light boxes will be placed outside our future venue in Centenary Square, Bradford.
28th Jul - 30th Jul 2006
Impressions Gallery presents Simon Warner's epic three-part video installation A Guide to Yorkshire Rivers, taking viewers on a wild ride down the Aire, the Wharfe and the Ouse. Showing as part of the Bradford Inspired festival, this is the first time the triptych has been shown publically in its intended format.
27th Aug - 29th Oct 2005
In an ambitious new commission, international artist Mariele Neudecker has created a five-part moving image installation in response to Gustav Mahler's Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children). Premiering at Impressions Gallery, York, this is a unique project that fuses contemporary visual art with classical music and literature.
Andy Eccleston & Ron Wright
18th Sep - 13th Nov 2004
Fascinated by the links between science, art and matter, Andy Eccleston and Ron Wright explore the visual qualities of musical instruments and scientific imaging techniques as a means of expressing the often-complicated relationships between the body and mind.
A partnership between Impressions Gallery and The Bonington Gallery. Commissioned by Opera North
10th Jul - 11th Sep 2004
A major exhibition of new work by Trish Morrissey commissioned by Impressions, including photographs and video work created over a two-year period and is inspired by family photo albums and family relationships.
Curated by Anne McNeill. An Impressions Gallery Touring Exhibition.