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23 October 2012
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – a sensational new Lakeside exhibition

A sensational new photographic exhibition opens at the Djanogly Art Gallery at Lakeside on Saturday 17th November.

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – The ‘Authentic Moment’ in British Photography, is inspired by the ground breaking novel by the late Nottingham author and Honorary Graduate of The University of
Nottingham, Alan Sillitoe (DLitt 1994) and the film adaptation directed by Karel Reisz.

1. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

The exhibition features a selection of never-before-exhibited stills from Reisz’s iconoc film, much of which was shot on location in Nottingham. Drawing its material from Nottingham and the Midland
, as well as the Black Country and Manchester, the exhibition captures the essence of Sillitoe’s world and a country at the point of profound cultural change. Alan Sillitoe died in 2010.

First published in 1958, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning helped frame itrs cultural moment. It charts a year in the life of Arthur Seaton, machinist in the Raleigh cycle factory, and young urban
rebel. The novel appeared at the time of a spate of accounts of urban working class life by academics, playwrights, novelists and documentary film makers.

2. Albert Finney as Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) © Woodfall BFI.lowres 75E0

Many were concerned with the effect of a burgeoning consumer culture; the very idea of ‘community’ was counter pointed by the emergence of a new working class affluence and individualism. The end
of post-war austerity also signalled the advent of a distinct youth culture; for the first time young people – the recently branded ‘teenagers’ – defined themselves outside of their parents’
culture, and had spending power like never before, which they used on fashion, music and entertainment.

Taking seminal moments from the book and film, this exhibition explores the depiction of these social changes in contemporary photography, focusing in particular on working-class culture in the
late 50s and 60s.

3. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) © Woodfall BFI.lowres D740

It highlights the various approaches taken by a generation of photographers drawn to ‘the regions’ in an attempt to capture the authenticity of ordinary lives. So-called ‘Young Meteors’ John
Bulmer and Graham Finlayson worked for newspapers such as The Manchester Guardian and the latest print media magazines, while Roger Mayne and Shirley baker initiated their own briefs generating new contexts for their photographic studies.

Maurice Broomfield, an industrial photographer, diligently portrayed the nobility of factory workers for company reports. Their works are complemented by that of other natural photographers who
have been subsequently overlooked , as well as an array of accomplished local amateurs.

The exhibition is supported by a number of related talks and events:

SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER – SUNDAY 10 FEBRUARY
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING – The ‘Authentic Moment’ in British Photography
Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Admission Free
0115 846 7777
www.lakesidearts.org.uk

THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER 6.30PM – 7.30PM
LECTURE: Regionalism and Realism: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Djanogly Art Gallery Lecture Theatre, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Admission Free
0115 846 7777
www.lakesidearts.org.uk
Tracy Hargreaves is Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature, School of English, University of Leeds. Her lecture will focus on the British New Wave and Free Cinema and consider the
issues of censorship and the bizarre regional distribution that beset Karel Reisz’ film.

SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER, 4AM
4AM PROJECT
Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Admission Free
0115 846 7777
www.lakesidearts.org.uk
Photographers with mild insomnia and an eye for the unusual will have the unique opportunity to play their part in the Saturday Night and Sunday Morning exhibition by
leaving the cosy confines of their beds to create an online photographic portrait of Nottingham at 4am. Led by photographer and the project’s creative director Karen Strunks, the 4am project comes
to Nottingham. For more info see www.4amproject.org.

THURSDAY 29 NOVEMBER 6.30PM – 7.30PM
LECTURE: I’m Out For a Good Time
Djanogly Art Gallery Lecture Theatre, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Admission Free
0115 846 7777
www.lakesidearts.org.uk
Nigel Arthur (British Film Institute) gives an illustrated talk using the film stills from Saturday Night and Sunday Morning in the National Archive to explore Arthur Seaton’s idea of a "good time"
and how the still images create the mood and style of the film.

WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER 6.30PM – 7.30PM
LECTURE: Post-War Prosperity: the Redesigning of Nottingham in the 50s and 60s
Djanogly Art Gallery Lecture Theatre, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Admission Free
0115 846 7777
www.lakesidearts.org.uk
Elain Harwood is an historian with English Heritage and the author of the Pevsner City Guide to Nottingham. She is currently writing a book on English postwar architecture. This lecture accompanies
the Saturday Night and Sunday Morning exhibition.

 

 


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