Bideford Photomonth is a celebration of photography and rural life. The Burton Art Gallery in Bideford, North Devon will host a photography exhibition of two photographers who cross generations. Internationally renowned photographer Martin Parr will be showing alongside Devon based photographer Robert Darch. Together, they will share their view of rural life; a contrast to the James Ravilious prints in the Burton’s own collection which will also be on display.

To coincide with these shows, we have created Bideford Photomonth during May. A trail of portraits by Anita Corbin, exhibited in shop windows, will lead visitors from the Burton up to Bideford Pannier Market, where there will be an exhibition of Gideon Mendel’s work When I’m 40. This work, commissioned by Beaford in 2023, depicts local children aged 9 or 10 years old wondering about what their favourite place will look like when they are 40 years old, raising questions about the climate and our local environment. Visible Bideford was made by Anita Corbin in October 2022; the photographs are a celebration of friendship and community, depicting both locals and visitors to our Little White Town.

All through the month of May, the Burton will host a number of workshops, talks and events to accompany these exhibitions. During half term there will be lots of workshops for children; look out for Foto-Now’s Camper Obscura which is open to all!

Photomonth Launch: Friday 3 May, 6-8pm

Join us at the Burton on Friday 3 May at 6pm for our Bideford photomonth launch. Celebrate our latest photography exhibitions from Martin Parr and Robert Darch, find out more about our photomonth programme and get involved in related activities.

We Need You!

North Devon is an area of outstanding natural beauty, one of many on this island we call home. To celebrate the beauty of the British countryside, we want to collect your photographs. Please submit any photographs you have through Instagram using the hashtag #ruralconnections. Each day through May we will show a selection of these on a screen in the gallery.

Image: Captured in 2022 as part of Visible Bideford project by Anita Corbin for the Burton at Bideford. ©Anita Corbin

Visible Bideford © Anita Corbin


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