Hardwick Gallery

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Hardwick Gallery
Centre for Art & Photography
Hardwick Campus
St Paul's Rd
GL50 4BS

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1 - 16 May 2019


steve mc


Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
Exhibition launch event and Q&A: Wednesday 1 May, 5–7pm

Hala (meaning ‘aura’ in Arabic’) is a series of large format photographs inspired by a collection of photographs that Macleod came across whilst working in Dubai in 2008. The images were by British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger, who had made several incursions into the Empty Quarter, known by Bedouin as Rub al Khali.

Macleod’s work is characterised by landscape’s direct relationship to psychological states. During a conversation with an Emirati friend in Abu Dhabi, he learnt of the Al Hajar exclusion zone: “During my research people told me there is nothing to see at Al Hajar. What struck was the notion of ‘nothing’ and what it meant. I had to go there to find what that nothing might be…”

Join us at Hardwick Gallery for the launch of Hala on Wednesday 1 May, 5-7pm. Steve Macleod will be joined by BA Photography course leader Matthew Andrew in a Q&A to discuss the work.


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