Over the last few years Dimbola Museum and Galleries has been getting to know the work of artists Dunstan Perera, Jeremy Bear and Sunara Begum and has come to recognise that there are significant parallels between their work and that of the pioneering 19th century photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
Cameron was born in Kolkata and, after spending her teenage years at school in Europe, she married and brought up a large family in that city. Then followed a period when, while living on the Isle of Wight in the home she named Dimbola after the family property in Sri Lanka, she became a greatly admired and sought-after photographer. In her later years she moved to Sri Lanka and the photographs taken there are widely recognised as remarkably sensitive and evocative images of the people she encountered in her everyday life.
Dimbola is now a thriving museum and cultural centre which preserves and presents Cameron’s work and also stages a lively programme of art events and exhibitions.
In this dynamic exhibition, alongside Perera and Begum, PURE Artist Jeremy Bear will be showing around 20 paintings revealing the vibrant, urban life and creative spirit of the people observed by him on the streets of 21st century Kolkata, where Cameron lived as a child and young woman. Also showing will be his newly completed film celebrating the annual Durga Puja festival and an art installation specially designed for Dimbola.
The exhibition will open at midday on 3 April
Guests will include Colin Ford, ex Keeper of film and photography at the National Portrait Gallery and the first Director of the UK National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, and poet and musicologist Dr. Brian Hinton MBE, Executive Chairman of the Trust and Curator of Dimbola Museum and Galleries.Saturday 4 April
Illustrated talk by Jane Richter entitled A Traveller’s Tales of Kolkata, from 5.30pm.