New Dawn For Europe

PREVIEW EVENING 6 OCTOBER 2022 6pm – 9pm

Exhibition continues 7-22 October (Check for opening times)

Paul Raftery’s latest project ‘New Dawn for Europe’ is a collection of poignant and stunning photographs that took him to 9 countries over 3 years. Having worked with Paul and exhibited his photography for many years now we are very excited to be the first to share this new work with you.

The preview evening on Thursday 6th October will be accompanied by cellist Orlando Jopling performing Sarabande from Bach’s Second Suite and selected beers and wines from the countries featured in the photographs.

For political scholars of the period just before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall (1987-1989) the following sites have a special historical resonance.

Lenin Shipyard, Gdansk, Poland;

Saint Nicholas Church, Leipzig, East Germany;

Freedom Monument, Riga, Latvia;

Vingis Park Song Ground, Vilnius, Lithuania;

Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn, Estonia;

Alexander Nevsky Square, Sofia, Bulgaria;

Opera Square, Timisoara, Romania;

Freedom Square, Budapest, Hungary;

Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czechoslovakia.

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During this turbulent period they were sites of significant and often dangerous protest. They were the sites where the fundamental desire for democracy manifested itself.

At these sites people of all ages came together to demand political change and an end to communism.

Each country subsequently became a member of the EU, and each location in each country has its own history and its own cultural and political references.

Over the last three years, since the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall in 1989, photographer Paul Raftery has visited these sites, shooting them all at dawn – the beginning of a new day and the beginning of a political era. The work is a meditation on the use of public spaces and an investigation of memory, democracy and place.

These sites have even more relevance now in 2022 when many of these countries live in fear of a return to autocracy.

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Events Programme

Thursday 6 October, 6 – 9pm 

Preview evening with cellist Orlando Jopling performing Sarabande from Bach’s Second Suite

Sunday 9 October, 12 – 3pm

Meet the Artist – Brunch with Paul Raftery

Friday 21 October, 6 – 9pm

Late opening with DJ

Saturday 22 October, 6 – 8.30pm

Paul Raftery in conversation with Joe Robson & guest speaker

Paul Raftery

Paul Raftery is a photographer of the built environment with an international reputation who has been shooting around the world for more than 30 years. Following his last exhibition at Anise Gallery, Berlin Voids, Paul was invited to show the work at the Stiftung Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial).

His films (made with Dan Lowe) have been shown in numerous galleries and festivals, including the New York Architecture Film Festival and the city’s Gagosian Gallery.