Playgrounds of War exhibition comes to Alfred East Art Gallery
Published Monday, 01 October 2012
Kettering’s Alfred East Art Gallery is delighted to be hosting local artist Gina Glover’s evocative look at military landscapes, in Playgrounds at War.
Gina Glover grew up in Pytchley in the 1950s and would travel by pony and trap to a site in Harrington. Unaware then that it was a former secret WWII airbase later becoming a nuclear missile base during the build up to the Cuban missile crisis. Three decades later she began a photographic project on this site, which has since been extended to explore decommissioned military missile targets across Europe. This not only shows the massive destructiveness of war but also how once-powerful military sites eventually succumbed to the natural processes of nature, time, and weather.
The exhibition includes Glovers film Men of Air, a collaboration with the musician and designer Andy West. This film features the ghostly presence of wartime airmen at Harrington, based on the recollections of local farm worker Roy Leaning and the other people who heard of his encounter. Is the story true? Come along and decide for yourself.
There is also a chance to join Gina on a full day photography workshop. Participants will enjoy a 2 hour walk around the World War II Secret Aerodrome and Cold War Nuclear Missile Base taking photographs whilst gaining expert tips. The workshops will be held on 13 October from 10am to 4pm, costing £35 (£20 for Leisure Pass holders). Tickets can be booked by calling 01536 315115, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Gina will also be hosting a lunchtime talk where she will discuss the photographic techniques and approaches applied in making Playgrounds of War. The talk will be held on Friday 19 October, 1-2pm at the Gallery with tickets costing £5 per person, or £2.50 for Leisure Pass Holders.
Val Hitchman, Head of Community Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: We are delighted to be showing the work of a local artist which has been exhibited in galleries around the world. The photography workshop will be a great opportunity to get some professional tips and personal feedback to any aspiring photographers out there.
Councillor Steve Bellamy, Portfolio Holder at Kettering Borough Council, said: I would highly recommend visiting the Gallery to see a well known project by an exciting local artist. This exhibition works brilliantly alongside the Museums American Arrivals project in showing how the local area has been influenced by military history from the first half of the twentieth century.