Thursday, 15 November 2012


This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:

Our diverse city shown in pictures
A photography exhibition exploring Leicester's diversity is taking place at an unusual venue – shop windows across the city.
Dozens of pictures will be on display at 20 shops in Belgrave, Highfields and Spinney Hills as part of the From Here and There exhibition until December 16.
Artworks are also on show in the street and at community spaces in the city.
The display looks at Leicester's cultural diversity, our notions of Britishness and also commemorates the 40th anniversary of thousands of Asians moving to Leicester after being expelled from Uganda.
It also marks this year's Olympic Games.
It is a collaboration between Leicester artist Ashok Mistry and award-winning Indian photographer Pablo Bartholomew.
Ashok said: "The exhibition is about celebration and the communities we have in Leicester, the way they co-operate and flourish."
He said it was also about looking at plurality, as Leicester is expected to be one of Britain's first plural cities, where there is no clear ethnic majority group.
Ashok said the pictures were being displayed in shop windows and on the street as the display was aimed at people not normally catered for in galleries.
Pablo, who is based in New Delhi, said the idea of the exhibition was "to bring out something on the streets".
He said that spreading the posters throughout Leicester was a "great way to communicate with different types of audience" and also "different areas of Leicester.
One of the shops which is displaying photographs as part of the exhibition is Milan's, in Belgrave Road.
Manager Kishor Chauhan said the shop took part in the exhibition "because it sounded very interesting".
A celebration event to mark the exhibition will take place tonight from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Chennai Dosa, in Belgrave Road, Leicester.
For the full art trail and more details about the exhibition, visit the website:

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