Looking Beyond: Different Perspectives in Travelling Entertainment Photography

17 February to 24 April 2020

Free exhibition open every day to staff, students and the general public

Exhibition Gallery, Mezzanine Level, Western Bank Library

The exhibition has been inspired by some of our most beautiful and significant photographic collections. It highlights the photographic work of professional photographers Bob Chase, Dick Scott-Stewart and John Anderson as they seek to provide an insight into the unfamiliar world of fairground families, circus performers and tattoo conventions.

Looking Beyond also shows photographs from Professor Brendan Walker’s scientific research on the experience of thrill on fairground and theme park rides.

The exhibition looks at the popular entertainment sector though the power of portraiture and introduces a brief history on the use of photographs and new technologies in the early fairground. It also showcases some of our earliest photographic and moving picture material from the George Williams and the Birt Acres collections.

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Events Friday 27 March

The Engineering of Thrill lecture by Professor Brendan Walker

Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 9

Motivated by his personal interest in moving structures and thrill seeking behaviours, Professor Brendan Walker embarked on a research project in 2004 to investigate the human response to thrill during his Research Fellowship at the Royal College of Art.

This fascinating lecture looks at the experience of thrill at a forensic level to understand what drives thrill seekers to push their bodies and minds to the limit in search of the ultimate experience.

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Opening ceremony

Western Bank Library, Exhibition area

To celebrate the launch of the exhibition, there will be a reception and official opening ceremony on Friday 27 March. Refreshments and canapes will be served. Booking is essential due to the limited capacity of the exhibition space.

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