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Exhibition, Fri 27 Jul - Sat 22 Sep 2018, free entry

Union - Noel Bowler

Union - Noel Bowler

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Centenary Square,
Bradford,
BD1 1SD

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Made over a 5-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.

Bowler invites us to walk the well-trodden carpets and parquet floors, and to gaze at the utilitarian desks beneath strip lights and false ceilings. Each space offers clues to its inhabitants; flags, emblems and political posters allow the viewer’s imagination to populate each dormant scene.

There is a dry humour to Bowler’s work, the sparse setting of the Union of Polish Teachers in Warsaw is fittingly dominated by a large blackboard, whilst a cluttered desk at the Maritime Trades Department at the AFL-CIO in Washington DC demonstrates its inhabitant’s political leanings and sporting preferences. The ordinariness of many of these workspaces is undercut by the knowledge that these are sites where important contemporary battles around workers’ rights are taking place.

Bowler offers a unique insight into the pressures and challenges facing unions in this era of political and economic uncertainty, radical changes in traditional work practices and increased worker insecurity. This timely exhibition continues Bowler’s ongoing consideration of the political forces that shape our world, reflected through the organisation of social space.

Noel Bowler says, “Union is a journey through an anxious world where the apparent certainty of the past faces an unknown future.”

Union by Noel Bowler is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Culture Ireland.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPublic toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

There is a lift available to all floors, however, please ring the Welcome Desk on 01274 737843 if you are a wheelchair user visiting alone, for access to the front doors. There is free WiFi Internet access available within the gallery.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 27 Jul - Sat 22 Sep 2018
Tuesday - Thursday - 10am to 6pm
Friday & Saturday - 10am to 5pm
Sunday - Closed
Monday - Closed

Prices

Free entry

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SE 162329  Lat: 53.79275 Long: -1.75555

Impressions Gallery is in Centenary Square opposite City Hall. We're on the first floor, behind the Big Screen. The nearest disabled parking is behind City Hall or next to the Alhambra Theatre.

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

There is a lift available to all floors, however, please ring the Welcome Desk on 01274 737843 if you are a wheelchair user visiting alone, for access to the front doors. There is free WiFi Internet access available within the gallery.