Seaside: Photographed Student Tours

Julia Horbaschk, Time For Trees, July 2017. Courtesy the artist

Students are invited members of John Hansard Gallery’s Exhibition Team for a special tour of major new exhibition, Seaside Photographed.

Below are times tours will be available. Please note there will be a maximum of five people per tour.


John Hansard Gallery presents Seaside: Photographed, a major exhibition that examines the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present. Curated by Val Williams and Karen Shepherdson, the exhibition includes early photographic depictions of waves, picture postcards revelling in the glee and grime of British resorts, intimate shots of holiday and relaxation, reportage and the photo series of eminent photographers, the exhibition presents the seaside in a multitude of different visions, celebrating our special relationship with our coast.

Since photography’s early beginnings the phenomenon of the seaside as public parade has provided myriad photo opportunities, charting a tide of enormous social change. Vicissitudes of fortune have seen utopian visions give way to the glorious failure of the English seaside, playgrounds by the sea becoming places of last resort, rackety with decay and ripe for misdemeanour, or as so much photographic evidence would insist.

Seaside: Photographed is organised by Turner Contemporary in association with John Hansard Gallery, and supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.

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