Be transported through space and time by Thresholds—a fully immersive portal to the past.
In 1839, British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot presented his photographic prints to the public; in doing so, he created the world’s first major photography exhibition.
Almost 180 years later, you can visit Talbot’s seminal exhibition for yourself with Thresholds, an extraordinary virtual reality artwork by Mat Collishaw. See, hear and feel the past as you take a multisensory journey back in time. Walk through a digitally reconstructed room and marvel at Talbot’s inventions—you will even feel the heat of a coal fire.
Visit Thresholds and experience the dawn of photography like never before.
Discover the influence of early scientific photography on modern and contemporary art in this major new exhibition, featuring some of the rarest images from the pioneers of photography.
From the 1840s, scientists were using photography as a device to record and measure phenomena which lay beyond human vision. The aesthetic beauty of this early photography and the revolutionary techniques developed for scientific study, shaped the history of photography and heavily influenced modern and contemporary art photographers.
Revelations showcases some of the earliest photographic images from the National Photography Collection by figures such as William Henry Fox Talbot and Eadweard Muybridge alongside striking works by modern and contemporary artists including Harold Edgerton and Hiroshi Sugimoto .
On display for the very first time will be an original photographic print of X-Ray, the earliest recorded images of the moon and 19th century photographs capturing the hidden beauty of electrical discharges.
Visit Revelations: Experiments in Photography to discover the untold history of how early scientific photography exerted a powerful influence on the work of modern and contemporary artists.
An Additive Mix – Liz West
18 July-1 November, Gallery One
Drop in, Free
This is a brand new experience that gives you the chance to explore the incredible phenomenon of white light. It’s created from a spectrum of different colours and you get to walk into a purpose-built room containing over 250 coloured fluorescent lights, and lined with ‘infinity’ mirrors. You’ll be saturated in individual hues that together, create an intense white glow in a seemingly endless space.
Double Exposure: A Tale of Two Planets in Darkness and Light by Cherry Kino and Alchemy
18 July-4 September, Gallery Two
Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Drop in, Free
Discover the scientific principles behind darkness and light. Watch our artists in residence as they create two fictional worlds – Augnablik, a place with too much light and Kilbangua, a place with too little. Focusing on the challenges of producing photography in extreme light conditions you can see both analogue and digital techniques in photography and filmmaking being used. You’ll also have the chance to take part in free activities like creating your very own photographs without a camera.