Women in Uniform Exhibition by Shy Burhan

Wednesday 8th March 2023 07:00 PM to Sunday 14th May 2023 05:00 PM

Haworth Art Gallery, Manchester Road, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 2JS

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A new exhibition ‘Women in Uniform’ by photographer Shy Burhan launches at Haworth Art Gallery this International Women’s Day.

Women in Uniform Exhibition by Shy Burhan

Brand new exhibition ‘Women in Uniform’ by photographer Shy Burhan will be coming to Haworth Art Gallery this International Women’s Day. This series of photographs will be celebrating women of colour who work in industries where they are typically under-represented.

Funded by Arts Council England, this ground-breaking photography exhibition empowers marginalised female voices and the important work that they do every day.

The open event is on 8th March 2023 at 7pm and everyone is welcome to attend. The exhibition is then available for people to visit until the 14th of May during Gallery opening hours.

Funded by Arts Council England, this ground-breaking photography exhibition empowers marginalised female voices and the important work that they do every day.

The open event is on 8th March 2023 at 7pm and everyone is welcome to attend. 

The exhibition is then available for people to visit until the 14th of May during Gallery opening hours.

Gillian Berry, Arts and Heritage Manager for Haworth Art Gallery, said:

“Growing up in Church ward, Hyndburn meant that I played and went to school with the South Asian community that settled in Hyndburn to work in the local textile industry. What I noticed when I visited Haworth Art Gallery, as a child and now, is that these families are not represented at Haworth Art Gallery. Shy Burhan’s exhibition helps to address this and I am incredibly proud that we will be hosting this wonderful exhibition.”

Drawing on her own experiences of South Asian heritage, Shy Burhan is aware of just how little representation there is for Black, Asian, Hispanic, and Arabic (BAHA) women in senior positions, which is what inspired her to raise their profiles through her artwork.

Shy Burhan, Exhibitor, said:

“As a female photographer of South Asian heritage, I’m somewhat of a rarity in my field. And yet I know we exist because I exist. I’m naturally drawn to documenting marginalised or diasporic communities whether they’re from migrant groups to teenage mums, everyone has a story and I’m passionate about using photography as a conduit to extract those narratives.”

The series features women of colour photographed in their uniforms or civilian clothes. Bringing together collective voices and personal journeys, all underpinned by Shy’s artistic flair, this exhibition exemplifies these women’s pride in their individual journeys and the role that their uniforms play in representing them both culturally and individually.

Gillian Berry, continued:

“Shy Burhan’s exhibition features women of colour both local and from all over the country wearing a uniform that reveals the role they have in society – from doctors to train drivers and theatre directors to solicitors. This exhibition both honours and memorialises women of colour, and we hope everyone will visit to see it for themselves.”

Haworth Art Gallery is FREE to visit and is open weekly, Wednesday to Sunday between 12 pm and 4. 30 pm. To find out more about Shy Burhan’s work, check out her social media channels or visit: http://shybphotography.com

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