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Catch up with the gossip from Gup Shup

24 February 10

An exciting new exhibition called 'Gup Shup' will open at Gallery II at the University of Bradford on Monday, 8 March, 2010.

'Gup Shup' (meaning chit chat in Urdu and Hindi) is a collaborative body of work from the female artisans of Chitral and the women's accessory label they work with; 'Polly & Me'. The exhibition comprises of large contemporary textiles depicting the artisans daily life and their translation into totes for women the world over to carry. The exhibition opening also coincides with International Women's Day.

The 'Gup Shup' exhibition will allow visitors the opportunity to discover the private space inhabited by rural women of Chitral, Pakistan. The textiles, developed through a series of workshops, illustrate the ebb and flow of their daily lives including; their everyday life; the ventures of child-rearing and home-making; and the special events that colour their lives.  This is the domestic space they inhabit; as their hands are busy making, their textiles tell their tales.

The exhibition aims to challenge stereotypes of Pakistani women, giving space for the voice of ordinary women to be heard in a positive way.

Caroline Hick, Fellow in Visual Arts at the University of Bradford, says: "We are really pleased to be showing this work in Bradford and feel it is hugely significant to exhibit work which reflects a refreshingly new and creative response to social enterprise in what is deemed to be a very poor, rural and contested area. The result is a surprisingly lively and contemporary body of work which has global resonance through its subject matter of an everyday lived experience."

"There is also the opportunity for visitors to purchase the splendidly funky designer bags created using the ideas and designs Polly & Me have devised with the women's collectives and which have graced the pages of Vogue and Grazia."

'Gup Shup' comes to Bradford after being displayed at the National Art Gallery in Islamabad, The National College of Art in Lahore and The Dubai Fringe Fair.  The exhibition aims to show that despite variations within cultures, the concerns women have and the emotions they describe are surprisingly similar.

To complement this special exhibition, Gallery II is arranging a series of seminars with Cath Braid from the project.  The workshops will explore the process used to inspire the artisans to create the textiles; media representations around Pakistan; and issues around social enterprise and international development.

The exhibition is running from 8 March to 23 April 2010 at Gallery II, University of Bradford.

Gallery II is open Monday to Friday 11am - 5pm (Thursdays until 6pm).  Entry is free to all. 

For more information visit or telephone 01274 235495.

24 February 10

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