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Step back in time at New Brighton Revisited

Post by Wirral Council News » Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:01 pm

An exhibition bringing together three decades of life in New Brighton through the eyes of three internationally-renowned British photographers is set to open in the seaside town next month.

New Brighton Revisited is the first time that photographs taken in the resort by Martin Parr, Ken Grant and Tom Wood have been shown together, including never-before-seen images. The exhibition opens on Saturday 14th July at 11am at the Sailing School in Marine Point.

Martin Parr, Ken Grant and Tom Wood found themselves during their early lives and careers in New Brighton and each brought their own perspective to the fascinating characteristics and beauty of the resort – its streets, seafront, visitors and residents. The photographs shown in New Brighton Revisited capture moments in the town’s life from the late 1970s to the end of the 1990s as they lived and worked there.

The exhibition features iconic images from Martin Parr’s The Last Resort series which serves as a time capsule into the working-class family holiday over three summers in the 1980s, alongside his beautiful, lesser-known black and white shots of the seafront.

A selection from Tom Wood’s Looking for Love series, depicting revellers at the now-defunct Chelsea Reach nightclub, will be shown with a number of never-before-seen photographs from his time in New Brighton. Ken Grant’s photographs document the everyday realities of working-class life in the town, showing the ordinary of New Brighton in an extraordinary way. It will be the first time that his images of the resort have been shown together.

The Sailing School, which is located opposite the Travelodge at New Brighton’s Marine Point, has been transformed into an art gallery especially for the exhibition, which runs until Saturday 25 August. Opening times are Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 7pm and entry is free.

New Brighton Revisited is produced by Northern Narratives as part of Wirral Council’s Imagine Wirral year of culture, creativity and ideas and Liverpool Independents Biennial. It has been generously supported through funding by Arts Council England.

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Published by Wirral Council News on Mon, 02 Jul 2018

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