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Imran Qureshi – Garden Within a Garden

The garden is a place of peace, tranquillity and safety.
This summer, two parks in Bradford will host new Indian gardens

Visual Art,Outdoor Event

The garden is a place of peace, tranquillity and safety. This summer, two parks in Bradford will host new Indian gardens, painted directly on to the paving by the acclaimed Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi.

But this Garden Within A Garden does not provide refuge from conflict, or a haven from the outside world. Instead, inspired by the history of the million-strong British Indian army that fought in the First World War, Qureshi transforms a public space into zones in which light and dark mix, horror and hope collide. Qureshi lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan, a region that as part of the British Raj enlisted a huge number of Sikh, Muslim and Hindu soldiers to fight on the Western Front.

Their experiences of being at war in a distant land and in a hostile climate inform the work that this leading international artist will present in the Mughal Water Gardens in Lister Park, next to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery and in City Park, Bradford city centre. There will also be a number of associated events.

Qureshi – who uses a delicate style inspired by the history of Pakistani and Indian miniature painting to reflect upon contemporary conflicts and divisions – illuminates the complex interplay between Islamic and European history and culture. These vibrant works remind us that war creates division, but can also bring people together.

Commissioned by Yorkshire Festival, Bradford Museums and Galleries, City of Bradford MDC and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

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Cartwright Hall

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery , Lister Park , Bradford, BD9 4NS

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Please contact Cartwright Hall Art Gallery for more information on 01274 431212

Lister Park , Bradford, BD9 4NS
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Cartwright Hall is Bradford's civic art gallery and offers an exciting programme of contemporary exhibitions, with four permanent galleries displaying works from our art collections. The collections consist mainly of 19th and 20th century British art, with strong collections of international contemporary prints and contemporary South Asian art and crafts.

In 2008 Cartwright Hall re-opened its upper galleries with Connect, a new permanent exhibition funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Connect makes connections between works of art from different cultures and times. This transcultural concept combines over two hundred Eastern and Western works of art displayed according to the universal themes of People, Place and Imagination.

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