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Exhibition, Fri 5 Oct 2018 - Sat 5 Jan 2019, free entry

Chloe Dewe Mathews

Chloe Dewe Mathews

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Centenary Square,
Bradford,
BD1 1SD

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Fri 5 Oct - Sat 5 Jan In Search of Frankenstein

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From melting glaciers to nuclear bunkers, In Search of Frankenstein reveals the present-day landscape that once inspired Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel. In the bicentennial year of its publication, Impressions Gallery presents a specially-expanded version of Chloe Dewe Mathews’ acclaimed exhibition, first shown at The British Library, London.

Dewe Mathews was inspired by the novel’s genesis in 1816, when Mary was holidaying on the shore of Lake Geneva with her future husband the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and companions including Lord Byron. The peculiar climactic conditions of ‘The Year Without Summer’—the repercussions of a volcanic eruption in the Dutch East Indies—forced Shelley and her companions to remain indoors, competing to write the best ghost story. Despite the efforts of the more experienced male writers, it was the eighteen-year-old Mary who created the monster that would become one of literature’s most enduring creations.

Travelling to Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps two centuries later, Dewe Mathews photographed the snow-covered mountains—not only from the outside, but also from within. Her images reveal a network of eerie subterranean bunkers, built in the Cold War to shelter the entire population of Switzerland in the event of a nuclear disaster. The miles of tunnels and chambers remain equipped and on standby, their curious apparatus evoking the electro-mechanical laboratory of Dr Frankenstein. These images stand in stark contrast to Dewe Mathews’ pale and fragile landscapes of mountains, lakes and glaciers.

As well as her photographs, the exhibition includes Dewe Mathews’ collection of vintage Alpine photographs and prints, and facsimiles of handwritten pages from Mary Shelley’s original manuscript The Geneva Notebook, now part of the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.

In Search of Frankenstein is the outcome of an Artist Residency at Verbier 3-D Foundation in Switzerland, and is a British Library Exhibition supported by Verbier 3-D Foundation, Genesis Imaging, the Bodleian Library and Impressions Gallery.

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.

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Dates Times
Fri 5 Oct 2018 - Sat 5 Jan 2019
Tuesday - Thursday : - 10am to 6pm
Friday & Saturday : - 10am to 5pm
Sunday/Monday : - Closed


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Free entry

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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.