The University of Bradford’s Gallery II space is displaying the textiles section of photographer Tim Smith’s ‘India’s Gateway’ show, celebrating the textile industry in Gujarat and the region’s links with Yorkshire, and Bradford in particular.

The exhibition’s themes take in art, textiles and the politics of independent production, and explore stories of lives interwoven through a shared history of textiles common to Bradford, Gujarat and Mumbai. To explore these themes, Tim is joined by a panel that includes Helen Farrar, Curator of Bradford College Textile Archive; Dr Ute Kelly, Lecturer in Peace Studies at the University of Bradford; and Dr Andy Abbott, Producer of Music and Visual Arts at the University of Bradford.

Free Admission. Limited capacity, booking advised.

About The Artists

Andy Abbott

Andy Abbott is a West Yorkshire-based artist, writer and musician, and is producer (visual arts and music) for the University of Bradford. He is responsible for the visual arts and music offering at the University of Bradford and is director of the independent music and arts festivals ‘Bradford Threadfest’ and ‘Recon’.

Helen Farrar

Helen Farrar is the research associate at Bradford College Textile Archive, with a keen interest in the history of Bradford Technical College and Mechanic’s Institute. She is also a practising textile artist, specialising in knit, a technique she was introduced to at the age of four.

Tim Smith

Tim Smith is a photographer, film-maker and writer. He’s based in Yorkshire where the region and its diverse communities have provided the inspiration and the impetus for his many national and international projects. Many of these explore relationships between Britain and people overseas, surveying issues of migration, culture and identity. He is the author (with Irna Imran) of ‘Home from Home: British Pakistanis in Mirpur’.

About The Academic

Ute Kelly

Dr Ute Kelly is a lecturer in peace studies at the University of Bradford. She is interested in the intersections between people, places and social change, and in the question of how we might meet human needs in ways that are socially just and ecologically sustainable.