A gateway into new museum exhibition

Published June 14, 2017 at 16:08

Come and find out about how photographer Tim Smith put together a new exhibition at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery that aims to explore the many ties that bind Britain and India.

Entitled India’s Gateway, it depicts life in both Gujarat and Mumbai, areas that through trade and migration have developed strong links with the UK including East Lancashire as a result of the textile industries of the past.

The exhibition feature Tim’s photography as well as footage by Indian film-makers Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham, depicting the people and places of Gujarat and Mumbai that have a past or present day connection with Britain.

The exhibition is the result of a 3,000 mile journey around India undertaken by Tim who will be at Blackburn Museum for a talk tomorrow (Thursday, June 15).

His talk will explore how and why he set off on a mission to show just how closely intertwined the fortunes of both countries has been and the impact that followed as a result of the establishment of Britain’s East Indian Trading Company that transformed Bombay, today Mumbai, into a major trading port, the imposition of British rule and resulting diverse communities of Indian migrants that were later welcomed to the UK.

Other images look at the strong links many of today’s migrants maintain with their homeland and how opportunities are developing for younger generations as India goes through a considerable period of change.

The talk will run from 5:30 – 6:45pm

Admission is free and the exhibition organised by Oriental Arts and Tim Smith and funded by Arts Council England. runs until July 15.

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