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Island Life: Carnival and the Caribbean

Island Life: Carnival and the Caribbean
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3 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017

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Union 105 Gallery

105 Chapeltown Road, Chapeltown, Leeds, LS7 3HY

Over the past decade photographer Tim Smith has travelled back to his childhood home of Barbados, as well as many other places in the Caribbean with close connections to Britain. His recent photographs can be seen at Union 105 alongside his father Derek’s rare pictures taken of everyday life in the Caribbean during the 1950s and 60s.

This exhibition launches a project that uses the theme of carnival to explore life in the Caribbean, and the region’s relationship with Leeds.

The Caribbean’s multicultural history has shaped a unique set of regional identities, as well as giving birth to Caribbean festivals, music and masquerade. The exhibition looks forward to this summer’s 50th anniversary of Leeds West Indian Carnival by showing the fusion of traditions – African, European, Asian and Amerindian – celebrated through carnival by communities in both the Caribbean and Britain.

Please come along to see if you can recognise yourself, your family or your friends on the streets of Leeds, Bradford or Huddersfield, or maybe in the Caribbean itself!

Over the next six months, Tim will be working alongside other artists in Leeds, visiting local people and places to explore different experiences of carnival, as well as talking about everyday life in both Britain and the Caribbean.

Some of the stories and pictures collected will then be used as part of a larger exhibition to be shown in Leeds Central Library in the summer of 2018.

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Please check times with event organiser for any last minute changes.

If you would like more information about this project please contact

Tim on: timsmithphotos@btinternet.com
or Lotte on: lotte@esamail.org.uk

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