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Impressions Gallery


Internationally acclaimed artist from Iran arrives in Bradford

Thu, 20th Jan, 2011

Bradford Council and Impressions Gallery are delighted to announce the arrival of Iranian artist Gohar Dashti as international artist-in-residence in Bradford.

Gohar, who currently lives in Tehran, will spend a month based at Impressions Gallery, exploring Bradford's culture and landscape and meeting with local people.  Anne McNeill, Director of Impressions Gallery said, “We’re delighted to have this amazing opportunity to welcome an acclaimed Iran-based artist to Bradford.”

Gohar will be taking part in Visiting Arts’ ambitious 1mile² ("one square mile") project, which is supported by Bradford Metropolitan District Council and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1mile² is an innovative international programme that connects communities in Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK, by inviting them to take part in events and artistic activities that examine the culture and environment of their city. Bradford is one of the first UK cities to take part in the programme.

Everyone is welcome to pop into the Studio at Impressions on Thursday 27 January 6.00pm to 7.00pm and join us in celebrating Gohar's arrival. We will be showing photographs of Bradford taken by a group of local people in November 2010, as a way of introducing Gohar to the city and celebrating Bradford's rich cultures and diverse environments.

For further information please contact Sarah Deane, Education and Learning Manager, at or phone 01274 737843.

Gohar Dashti (born Iran, 1980) is an artist exploring social issues in Iran, often through photographic self-portraits. Her work has been shown at Hillyer Art Space in Washington, USA;  Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran; and Iran & Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, Iran. In 2008 she was Artist-in-Residence at the Art Bridge Program, Washington DC. She is represented by Kaysha Hildebrand Gallery in Zurich.

Visiting Arts 
Visiting Arts works to strengthen intercultural understanding through the arts. It develops the knowledge and understanding of world cultures for UK audiences and in communities. Our work encourages artists to become mediators in the changing relationships between people of different cultural identities and encourage debate and action on environmental issues.

1mile² inspires communities to explore the cultural and ecological diversity of their neighbourhoods through artistic engagement. Artists and ecologists lead activities and events for local people within each square mile and engage participants in an investigation of community, culture and environment. The website facilitates new connections between people across the world.

Gohar Dashti

Gohar Dashti