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Subveillance: 50 years of the University of Bradford from below

At Gallery II, University of Bradford. Friday 23rd Sept – Thursday 8th Dec.*

Private view for exhibition in Gallery II – Thursday 22nd Sept 5pm – 7pm


+ Pavilion and Subveillance presents

The Problem of Perspective: An educational documentary

17 November 2016, 7-9pm, Delius Arts and Cultural Centre

This screening brings together three moving-image projects produced in Bradford during the ‘70s which present alternative documentary viewpoints on ideas of education and work.


This exhibition focuses on the alternative and counter-cultural activity in and around University of Bradford over the course of half a century, where art has been a means to surveil and speak back to institutions of power whilst creating grassroots networks of mutual support and security.

Curator Helen Kaplinsky has gathered together stories and materials from individuals and organisations related to the University - many alumni and staff - that give an insight into a radical and pioneering side to Bradford’s cultural history where the status quo has been challenged through an alliance between art and activism.

During the course of the exhibition visitors are invited to 'share' and 'purge' personal archives in relation to Bradford's history over the past 50 years. An active archive within the gallery and online will consider how the sharing and withholding of data - ‘online’ and ‘IRL’ - marks endeavours for individual and collective security now and in the future.

Subveillance: 50 years of the University of Bradford from Below is curated by Helen Kaplinsky and is part of University of Bradford’s arts programme developing a Centre for Socially Applied Arts supported by Arts Council England, and anniversary programme marking 50 years since the University established its charter. 

*Standard opening hours: Monday – Friday 11am - 5pm, Thursdays until 6pm. Or by appointment: contact gallery@bradford.ac.uk. Gallery II is based at the University of Bradford, in the Chesham Building B (Engineering and Informatics) right next to the cafe at the entrance to the building).

Additional events:

Trailer screenings and drop in in Gallery II Saturday September 3rd and Monday 5th – Tuesday 6th Sept as part of the Peace Studies Adam Curle Symposium

Performance event with Claire Potter, Javaad Alipoor and more Saturday 29th October at Fuse Art Space. Details TBC.

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