Join OCA tutor Les Monaghan on the 18 March in Bradford where we will visit The Queen, The Chairman and I at the Impressions Gallery.
Marking the twenty-year anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty from British rule, The Queen, The Chairman and I is a fascinating journey into the entwined histories of China and the UK, traced through the family history of photographer Kurt Tong.
Tong is a friend of Les’ and fellow LCC alumnus, so he hopes to offer some personal perspective on the exhibition. Les would like for students to meet up at 1pm to allow plenty of time to look at and discuss the show.
The gallery will be running tea ceremonies from 12pm to 3pm, which would be fantastic for students to participate in as part of the visit – Tong conceived it as a participatory installation and central to the show. It’s a drop in, and if there are a lot of people we may need to do it in two groups. It takes about 20 minutes, and is said to be very relaxing. The idea is to provoke conversation around family, photography, and other cultures.
After 3pm the gallery are happy for us to use the tea house installation – with a big table and seats – to run portfolio, or work in progress, reviews. Dependent on time pressures, Les will also be happy, for those interested, to take a peek at the Britain in Focus: A Photographic History exhibit at the National Media Museum which will have just opened. The NMM is open till 6pm (this exhibition is also free).
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