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Turner Contemporary's summer exhibition features work by UCA staff and graduates

This summer the Turner Contemporary in Margate presents a group exhibition called ‘Seaside: Photographed’, which features work by staff and graduates from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).

Anna Fox, Hayling Island 1986 © Anna Fox, courtesy James Hyman Gallery, London

Anna Fox, Hayling Island 1986 © Anna Fox, courtesy James Hyman Gallery, London

Anna Fox, a professor of photography at UCA Farnham, Jane Brown who studied at the Guildford School of Art (now UCA) in the 1960s, and Natasha Caruana, a photography UCA graduate from 2005 all have work on show at the Seaside: Photographed exhibition, which runs until 8 September.  The exhibition examines the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present. Revealing the seaside in a multitude of different visions, and celebrating the relationship we have with our coast.

 Anna Fox, Hayling Island 1986 © Anna Fox, courtesy James Hyman Gallery, London

Anna Fox, Hayling Island 1986 © Anna Fox, courtesy James Hyman Gallery, London

In the exhibition are early photographs taken of Hayling Island in 1986 by Anna, imagery of Southend-on-Sea by Jane taken in 1954, and a photograph album from the 90s titled ‘Ritual Humiliation’ by Natasha. Interestingly, Anna’s series of colour photographs about Hayling Island were made under the tutelage of Martin Parr – who also features in the exhibition – while she was studying at West Surrey College of Art and Design (now UCA) in the 1980s.

Anna added: "Hayling Island is a little photographed place, one of the UK's lesser liked beaches, so it is interesting to have these images in the show. I live close to Hayling Island and I still photograph there today. The seaside is an odd place, it is wonderful but it is also an awkward, uncomfortable space. It is interesting to me as a photographer because it is a leisure space and leisure is fabulous to photograph. Also, the design of things at the seaside is very interesting, it has a kind of fairground feel to it that can be quite menacing sometimes."

These works together with a myriad of photographs by unknown and celebrated photographers such as Henri Cartier Bresson, Susan Hillier, Martin Parr, Dafydd Jones, Bruce Davidson, John Piper, and Lee Miller help to create a rich and constantly changing picture of the British seaside. 

Watch the exhibition trailer on YouTube.

For more information on the exhibition visit the Turner Contemporary website.

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