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Gallery II

Spring | Summer 2010

Society, Place, Locality, Allegiance

Welcome to the Spring / Summer 2010 programme of exhibitions and events at Gallery II. We continue to develop a programme and a way of working that aims to be outward facing and to provide innovative and flexible ways of inspiring, within a culturally diverse and academic context.

We start January with the launch of two exhibitions, both the result of Arts Council funded research. Gallery II shows UK and internationally renowned artist Kate Mellor, whose research fellowship in Slovakia has resulted in an exhibition of artwork which reflects on place and locality through reference to the domestic wall hanging. In Richmond Atrium, Yan Preston from Creative Labs, reflects on aspects of allegiance, subjectivity and locatedness, in her two responses to their creative knowledge transfer research project.

In March, to mark International Women's Day, we preview the work of the Gup Shup Project from Pakistan's North West Frontier Provence. Cath Braid & Rolla Khadduri have worked with Women's Embroidery Collectives in rural Chitral, to create large scale hand-embroidered textile pieces, which illustrate the ebb and flow of their everyday lives. This also compliments our continuing online journal of the everyday, A Room With A View.

March also sees the launch of Bradford City of Film and Gallery II has asked independent moving-image curator Will Rose to respond with an event which explores film as art, through the use of 16mm projectors and live performance.

Gallery II continues to develop links with other venues and spaces in the city as well as encouraging the development of collaborative projects. In May, Gallery II becomes an information hub for a co-curated mix of exhibition and events with University of Bradford Media students, which will take the University out to the city and new media professionals onto campus.

This will be followed through by an exhibition in June of the work of new-media artist Marina de Stacpoole, whose rich, highly-coloured environments, reference the hyper-real spaces of computer animation but reveal an underlying socio-political commentary on our possible dislocatedness in a media-dominated environment.

We hope you will enjoy this season's programme and look forward to seeing you soon!

Caroline Hick, Fellow in Visual Arts, University of Bradford

High Rise Home Works - Kate Mellor

Creative Labs - Exhibitions and Seminars

Italia | Brian Hindmarch

Gup Shup| Cath Braid & Rolla Khadduri

Experimental Film Event

Digital Arts and New Media Project Space

Gifts | Marina de Stacpoole

Daytrippers Bradford