Dorothea Lange: Politics Of Seeing  installation view at Barbican Art Gallery on June 21, 2018, © Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Must-see exhibitions this July

Our round-up of the must-see exhibitions this July – from pioneering documentary photographers to Scottish history. Whatever your taste, these exhibitions are not to be missed.

must-see exhibitions this July
Vanessa Winship poses before her Vanessa Winship: ‘And Time Folds‘ installation view at Barbican Art Gallery. © Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Dorothea Lange/Vanessa Winship

This double bill of exhibitions is a unique chance to view the work of two exciting photographers.

It features pioneering documentary photographer and visual activist Dorothea Lange and award-winning contemporary photographer Vanessa Winship.

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing is the first UK retrospective of American photographer Lange (1895-1965).

Lange has been described as a powerful woman of unparalleled vigour and resilience. Using her camera as a political tool to shine a light on cruel injustices, she went on to become a founding figure of documentary photography.

Vanessa Winship: And Time Folds is the first major UK solo exhibition for Winship, recipient of the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson prize in 2011.

This much overdue exhibition showcases more than 150 photographs. It uncovers the fragile nature of our landscape and society and exploring how memory leaves its mark.

Tickets priced £13.50 allow same-day entry to both exhibitions.

Dorothea Lange/Vanessa Winship: A photography double bill, Barbican Art Gallery, until September 2.

Main image: Dorothea Lange: Politics Of Seeing installation view at Barbican Art Gallery, June 21, 2018, © Ian Gavan/Getty Images

must-see exhibitions this July
Trade Unions Forum, Poland, FZZ, Warsaw, Poland © Noel Bower


Made over a five-year period, Noel Bowler’s Union reveals the boardrooms and private offices of trade union buildings across the globe.

The exhibition offers a rare glimpse into places where decisions and policies that affect so many are made.

Bowler’s photographs show how the institutions of organised labour, designed to protect workers from exploitation in the nineteenth century, are responding to today’s economic uncertainty.

Incorporating images from Russia, the USA, Poland and the UK, Union offers unprecedented access to rarely seen spaces, combining photographs of momentarily silent interiors of trade union offices alongside portraits of union leaders.

Union by Noel Bowler, supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Culture Ireland, Impressions Gallery, July 4 to September 22.

Thomas Vernon Begbie, Cowgate Port, Edinburgh from the South, c.1857-1860. City Art Centre, Museums & Galleries Edinburgh.

In Focus: Scottish Photography

Scotland has played a central role in the history of fine art photography since the mid 19th century.

The pioneering work of Edinburgh duo David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson helped to lay the foundations of this art form in the 1840s.

In Focus: Scottish Photography showcases the City Art Centre’s photographic collections. It charts the development of fine art photography in Scotland from the 19th century to present day.

The exhibition features work by a range of historic and contemporary artists, including: Hill and Adamson, Thomas Begbie, Joseph McKenzie, David Williams, Maud Sulter, Wendy McMurdo, Calum Colvin, Christine Borland and Dalziel + Scullion.

In Focus: Scottish Photography, City Art Centre, Edinburgh, July 7, to May 12, 2019.

must-see exhibitions this July
Sidney Francis (1891-1973) Three Young ladies in Fancy Dress for Woking’s 1923 Carnival, reproduced by permission of Surrey History Centre

Sidney Francis: Photographs of Woking in the 1920s & 1930s

Travel back in time to Woking’s past with this new exhibition showing what the town was like nearly 100 years ago.

Taken by former Woking resident Sidney Francis (1891-1973), the photographs offer an insight into life in Woking and nearby towns and villages in the 1920s and 1930s.

The fascinating and uplifting collection of photos includes wedding parties, sports teams, Eid celebrations, parades, dancers and musicians.

It is testament to the vibrant and diverse community spirit that has always been a part of Woking.

Sidney Francis: Photographs of Woking in the 1920s & 1930s, The Lightbox, July 14 to October 7.

must-see exhibitions this July
Bill Stephenson, ‘Tony the Ton’ and Martin age 8, outside the Pop In Centre. Hyde Park Flats, Sheffield, 1988 © Bill Stephenson

Love Among the Ruins: A Romance of the Near Future

S1 Artspace reopens in the heart of Sheffield’s iconic Brutalist Park Hill estate with an exhibition of archival photography and film.

Love Among the Ruins: A Romance of the Near Future presents the work of social documentary photographers Roger Mayne and Bill Stephenson.

They documented the first residents of Park Hill from 1961-65 and the last remaining residents of its sister building Hyde Park in 1988.

The exhibition takes its title from Evelyn Waugh’s satirical short story. Waugh imagined a dystopian future Britain created by an overbearing welfare state.

Including rare documents and archival material, Love Among the Ruins is a re-interpretation of Streets in the Sky, Mayne and Stephenson’s exhibition at the Untitled Gallery, Sheffield, in 1988.

Thirty years on, it revisits aspects of the original exhibition alongside works not previously shown.

Love Among the Ruins: A Romance of the Near Future, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, July 20 to September 15.

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