Brilliant City

Curated by John van Aitken – The Critical Lens Research Group
and Adam Mead – PHOTOUCLan

Thursday 31 October-Saturday 16 November

PR1 Gallery, Victoria Building

Brilliant City showcases work by three contemporary photographers from mainland China; Haohan Zheng, Cuilixin, and Ratsberry. The result of a two-year commission, the exhibition highlights a diverse range of responses from contemporary photographic practitioners to the ever expanding urban world around them. The distinctive bodies of work offer unique insights into the experiences and mutable environments produced by these emerging city spaces at this historic moment of urban transformation. The mezzanine floor of the exhibition will also feature work from UCLan’s New China research group, highlighting a diverse array of projects led by the researchers at the University. 

The exhibition will be preceded by a symposium exploring issues about contemporary Chinese hyber-urbanisation and the depictions of contemporary Chinese cities. Presentations by the exhibiting photographers alongside a range of guest speakers and academics will take place on the afternoon of October 31st from 2.00 – 5.00 in the Creative Innovation Zone, Media Factory. Refreshments provided.

Brilliant City is produced in collaboration with Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool for LOOK 19 Photo Biennial. This exhibition is possible owing to the generous funding of the UCLan Confucius Institute. 

Holocaust Exhibitions

Curated by Yad VaShem

Wednesday 20 November-Friday 6 December

Livesey Exhibition Space, Livesey House

Two presentations of this terrible time in world history.  As part of ‘Making You Think’ the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is delighted to host two travelling exhibitions that have been created by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the world’s foremost centre on research and commemoration of the Holocaust. 

One focuses on Jewish children who gained comfort from toys and games at a time when their family lives were disintegrating. 

The other one tells the little-known story of how Muslims in Albania risked their lives to hide Jews during the Nazi occupation of their country. 

Neither of these exhibitions contain harrowing images and both have been used in schools. They come courtesy of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem whose mission is to build bridges between, Jewish and non-Jewish communities around the world.

For more information, please click here.


Book Now!

The Will Onda Exhibition

Wednesday 20 November ONLY

VB0021, Victoria Building

A selection of historic silent films by Preston filmmaker Will Onda who founded the Preston Film Service to import and distribute silent films to cinemas. The former Preston Film Service building is not more than a stone’s throw away from the University of Central Lancashire’s Victoria Building where the films will be shown. This is a must-see event for local historians, film enthusiasts and for Prestonians young and old.

The films of Will Onda have been graciously provided by the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Book Now!

MA Photography Degree Show

Thursday 21 November-Wednesday 27 November

PR1 Gallery, Victoria Building

The 2019 MA Degree Show is the apex of the photography degree programme and is a culmination of aesthetic consideration and research informed practice. Addressing a cross section of themes, the work represents a timely point of reflection for a host of contemporary issues.

This includes auto-ethnographic accounts of health, community and emotional transgressions to works that explore others; people, and communities of practices through documentary and studio photography as well as co-authored, socially engaged methodologies.

All are welcome to attend the preview event on Wednesday 20 November 3pm-8pm.


Book Now!