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Impressions Gallery


Centenary Square photography commission

Tue, 9th Jan, 2007

Impressions Gallery and Bradford 1 Gallery have commissioned photographer Gavin Parry to document their new building in Centenary Square, Bradford, as it undergoes the dramatic transformation from shell to state-of-the-art galleries.  The resulting photographs will be presented on the Bradford Big Screen and launched as a publication with a foreword by influential designer Wayne Hemingway.

Parry will begin the commission in February and continue until the galleries are publicly unveiled. In keeping with Impressions’ artistic vision, his photographs will transcend a straightforward documentary approach. Parry says, “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.” His wry and perceptive photographic observations will be accompanied by text drawn from sources ranging from documents about the site’s history to snippets of overheard conversations.
Anne McNeill, Director of Impressions, says, “Both Impressions and Bradford 1 Gallery are thrilled to have appointed Gavin to record this key moment in their histories. His work will be a long-lasting record of Bradford’s commitment to culture and regeneration, challenging people’s perceptions of the city.”

Coun Anne Hawkesworth, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Culture, said: “These photographs will be a unique record of history in the making. I hope that in years to come people can look at them and not only see how the galleries have come together but also have an insight into how it felt to be there.”

Update August 2007: To view details on the completed publication Reconstruction by Gavin Parry please click here

From Relocation // Gavin Parry

From Relocation // Gavin Parry