100 BEATS OF THE CLOCK EXHIBITION ON DISPLAY AT HERITAGE GALLERY

100 BEATS OF THE CLOCK EXHIBITION ON DISPLAY AT HERITAGE GALLERY

 

A celebratory exhibition by photographer Charles Twist capturing the centenary of Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge is to go on display at The Heritage Gallery within the iconic Cargo Fleet Offices.
 
Charles’ exhibition entitled ‘100 beats of the clock’, which consists of 100 photographs of the bridge taken in the course of one day, from a single position and at regular intervals, will be on display at the gallery from January 20th until February 3rd.
 
As part of the Transporter Bridge’s centenary year celebration Middlesbrough Borough Council with the Heritage Lottery Fund commissioned four local artists to produce work linked to the bridge. Charles’ exhibition celebrates not only the landmark but also craftsmanship, labour intensive industry and heritage.
 
Charles turned his back on modern technology to capture the bridge by using equipment which would have been available in 1911, when the landmark was inaugurated.
 
A private viewing to celebrate the exhibition will be held on January 19th 6pm until 8pm at The Heritage Gallery. 
 
Charles said: “The regularity of the photographs reminds the viewer of the many rhythms associated with the bridge; the commuters come and go with their shifts, the tide ebbs and flows beneath the gondola which runs to and fro every 15 minutes.
 
“Repetitive tasks were also common of the builders of the bridge and their contemporaries. The beats of the clocks would thus chime with the mechanisation of society which made the bridge both possible and necessary.
 
“The composition is static but the light falls on the bridge at different angles as the day progresses. Although all the pictures are superficially the same and thereby part of an edition, in fact they evolve through the sequence.”
 
The Heritage Gallery itself sits within an iconic industrial landmark, the Cargo Fleet Offices. The building, which was originally built by Cargo Fleet Iron Company in 1916, has been regenerated by Python Properties to its former glory after standing empty and derelict for eight years.
 
The gallery holds regular exhibitions exploring the history of ironworks, steelworks, ship-building and bridge-building in the Teesside area.
 
The gallery is open to the public from 8.30am to 5pm weekdays and admission is free. For further information about the exhibition please contact curator Jodie Brewer-Wright on 01642 225 100 email jodie@heritagegallery.co.uk or visit www.hertigagegallery.co.uk.
 
 
 

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