must-see exhibitions this October

Must-see exhibitions this October

A city-wide celebration of photography and an exploration of 1930’s fashion are just some of our must-see exhibitions this October. Check out our highlights for the month ahead.

must-see exhibitions this October
Harley Weir’s photographs from The Jungle will be on show during the Biennial © Harley Weir, Homes, 2016

Brighton Photo Biennial

Back for its eighth season, Brighton Photo Biennial is on until October 28.

The festival is a Photoworks production and this year’s theme is New Europe.

It will examine the current state of flux as the United Kingdom redefines its role in Europe, our shared history and photography’s role in the construction of national identity.

Showing contemporary perspectives, much of this work has been produced by young artists and in response to current uncertainty.

Tereza Červeňová’s work charts the period since the referendum. Émeric Lhuisset and Harley Weir’s projects focus on migration and the ongoing refugee crisis.

New work by Donovan Wylie explores the geography of Britain as an island, simultaneously divided yet connected.

The festival also looks back to the 1990s when the opening of The Channel Tunnel physically linked Britain to the continent for the first time in 12,000 years.

A full programme of events is available at

Brighton Photo Biennial, New Europe, throughout Brighton, until October 28.

William Ivor Castle, Prisoner Lights a Cigarette for Wounded Canadian © Library and Archive Canada e01108666

Canadians in Devon 1914 – 1918: War Photographs

Step back in time to RAMM in 1918, when the museum hosted this pioneering exhibition of Canadian war photography, now partially recreated 100 years later.

As part of the First World War Armistice commemorations this exhibition explores why these powerful photographs came to Exeter, as well as Devon’s links with Canada and Canadian soldiers.

In 1914 Canada was not yet a sovereign nation, rather a dominion of the vast British Empire.

Realising publicising the bravery and skill of the troops would further Canada’s case for full nationhood Max Aitken (later Lord Beaverbrook) embedded photographers and artists in the thick of the fighting in France.

The resulting photographs, a mix of patriotic propaganda and shocking realism, were seen by thousands of Britons up and down the country.

RAMM has worked with the National Gallery Canada, Library and Archives Canada and the Imperial War Museum to put together this exhibition.

Canadians in Devon 1914 – 1918: War Photographs, RAMM, Exeter, until January 6, 2019.

Elinor Glyn with her two cats Candide and Zadig, photograph by Paul Tanqueray, 1931, courtesy of a Private Collection.

Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs

This winter exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum follows on from the success of last year’s 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs.

As a decade of design, the 1930s saw off the excess of the Jazz Age and ushered in the utilitarianism of World War II.

As the flapper grew up, so too did her fashions.

The new silhouettes of the 1930s played with the hard-edged chic seen in the Art Deco and Moderne styles, the unexpected as seen in the surrealists and the sensuality of silver screen sirens.

The exhibition will explore the styles of the decade, complemented by photographs of the stars who championed them.

With fashion as the lens, this exhibition traverses the great period of social change that was the 1930s.

Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs, Fashion and Textile Museum, October 12 to January 20.

Main image: Michele Morgan photographed by Ernest Bachrach, circa 1939. Private collection. 

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