English Poet John Donne is famed for having written the words “No man is an island” meaning that human beings do not thrive when isolated from others. Taking inspiration from those words, this exhibition seeks to explore the way in which the people of the British Isles are inextricably connected to one another through the experiences that they share and the memories that they form whilst living here.
Wherever one is in the world, peoples’ stories unfold around even the least well-known, most un-spectacular places: the bench on a seaside pier, the old red telephone box on the way to town, the local convenience store round the corner, the hill at the end of the road. These places, full of memories for the people that pass through, immeasurably define what a place means to us, they make up the complex fabric of a country.
This is an exhibition of photographic works that uncovers some of these ‘stories’, and through this, they become part of our shared experience of Britain and the many walks of life to be found here. It portrays many of the elements that form common points in people’s daily lives and it is this that binds and distinguishes the British people and forms the basis of their unity and identity.
Claire Atkinson, Jennifer Ball, Paul Chapman, Ting-Ting Cheng, Rob Davies, Mariam El Lofty, Sarah Gallear, Ian Graffy, Charlotte Hopkins, Jacopo Maino, David Meredith, Michael Murphy, Roger Newark, Daniel Porter, Puneeta Sharma, Patrick Sim, Jamila Walker, Johnny Watton, Sean Williams