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Gallery II

India's Gateway: Gujarat, Mumbai & Britain

India’s Gateway is a major new exhibition that weaves together photographs, film and people’s stories to explore the fascinating story of Gujarat and Mumbai as age-old centres of trade and migration, focusing on their links with Britain.

The main part of the exhibition will be shown at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, from the 20th March to 3rd July 2016.  Gallery II  will also be displaying the section of the show exploring the textile industry in Gujarat Thursday 24th March - Thursday 2nd June. Both venues will also be leading an innovative programme of work involving local artists and communities who will make their own contributions to the show.

Do you have a story or anecdote about your connection to India? As part of the exhibition we'll be collecting your contributions on the India's Gateways Stories tumblr.  Send your tweets/pictures to @braduniarts  (or e-mail

India's Gateway Textiles and Threads runs at Gallery II  Thursday 24th March - Thursday 2nd June.  Opening hours are 11am - 5pm Monday to Friday (Thursday until 6pm).  The gallery will be closed Monday 2nd May and Monday 30th May.

India's Gateway - supporting events

Art, Textiles and Independence; a discussion.   Friday May 27th, 1pm - 2pm @ Gallery II, Chesham Building

Movement from the Mills Saturday May 28th, 4pm - 6pm @ Delius Arts and Cultural Centre

When sailing ships from London reached Gujarat in 1608, the region became the first point of contact between Britain and the Indian subcontinent. This marked the beginning of an extraordinary relationship that endures to this day. The relationship changed Gujarat and its people, who themselves have profoundly altered the fabric of modern-day Britain. Over half of British Indians, the world’s biggest Indian diaspora community, originate from Gujarat.

India’s Gateway features new photography and film from India by renowned UK photographer Tim Smith. The visuals are complemented by stories from British Gujaratis, offering unique insights into the close relationship between India and Britain.

Gujarat is a large, diverse region that’s home to people with many different lifestyles. One of the things that unites them all is their love of good food, a tradition continued by our sponsor, Prashad. This award-winning Yorkshire restaurant showcases some of the very best vegetarian Gujarati food, and their best selling cookbooks combine founder Kaushy Patel’s recipes with the story of her family’s journey from Gujarat to Bradford where Prashad was established.

India’s Gateway is organised by Tim Smith and Oriental Arts (Bradford) Ltd, working alongside Bradford Arts & Museums and the University of Bradford. The exhibition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.  The shows in Bradford are part of a national two year tour to five cities across England.

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