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Funding success brings acclaimed artwork to Bradford schools

Wed, 17th Apr, 2013

Impressions Gallery are delighted to announce their success in securing a lottery grant of £96,000 from Arts Council England, to deliver a groundbreaking project taking high quality art to children in schools throughout Bradford.

From September 2013 Impressions will tour the exhibition Hidden by Red Saunders to 13 schools across the 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.

Hidden has strong links to national curriculum subjects including History, English and Art, and an extensive education programme will accompany the tour. This will include a creative project bringing together children, their families to create artwork about local ‘hidden histories’.

Anne McNeill, Director of Impressions Gallery said: “Hidden is a visionary and inspiring project, and this award means we can bring accessible, dramatic and socially engaging work by an internationally renowned photographer directly into Bradford schools. It will enhance our existing high quality education programme and highlights our continuous commitment to developing deeper and more meaningful relationships with communities in Bradford”.

Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Employment, Skills and Culture, Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, said: “I'm really pleased that Impressions has secured this funding enabling more Bradford children to enjoy the Hidden exhibition and learn through its link to the curriculum. Arts Council funding is hard to secure in these difficult times so I'm particularly pleased that, through Impressions, Bradford has managed to secure this significant financial commitment”.

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director, Arts Council England said: “We are delighted to be supporting this exciting initiative. Impressions have developed an innovative model of bringing high-quality photography exhibitions directly to schools. Our lottery funding will not only help introduce the powerful work of Red Saunders to young people at school, but will also give them the opportunity to create their own images, working with an artist and older members of their families and community. This initiative will bring truly inspiring arts experiences to young people across Bradford and the wider community, bringing photography and history to life.”

Hidden was originally shown at Impressions Gallery in 2011 as part of Ways of Looking international photography festival. It was commissioned by Impressions Gallery and The Culture Company. Hidden is currently on tour to the People's History Museum in Manchester until 29 September 2013.


William Cuffay and the London Chartists, 1842

William Cuffay and the London Chartists, 1842