An exhibition including videos is being hosted at Keighley’s Cliffe Castle Museum to highlight the shared history between England and South Asia.
Cliffe Castle Museum is just one of ten venues chosen for this nationwide tour which hosts four artworks – two videos, an immersive sound piece and a newly commissioned art installation.
The Film and Video Umbrella touring exhibition is supported by a number of organisations including Bradford Council, Arts Council England, the National Trust, the Canal and River Trust, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The artworks are by Ravi Agarwal, Imran Channa and Desire Machine Collective. They demonstrate our links with Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, as immigrants from these countries travelled from these countries to work in Bradford’s mills, creating wealth for the mill owners such as Samuel Cunliffe Lister.
Agarwal in particular is concerned with the lack of status for the labourer. Lister’s treatment of his employees led to strike action and his staff went on to form the Bradford Labour Union which contributed to the formation of the Independent Labour Party – a forerunner of the modern Labour Party.
Other aspects of the exhibition feature sounds of a sacred forest in India and drawings recalling an imperial past.
The exhibition entitled Changing Places starts on Saturday, 21 October and runs until Sunday, 19 November.
Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “We’re proud to be supporting this highly creative exhibition that employs different media to convey our links with South East Asia.
“It is interesting that these works are being shown at the former home of a Victorian millionaire who made his fortune from textile production and transportation.
“Cliffe Castle Museum has a fascinating history and always shows the most intriguing exhibitions. There is always something interesting to see here.”
The Museum is open from Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 4pm. The last admission is 3.30pm. Entry is free.