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Different Strokes

7 Sep 2012 11:00 -
9 Sep 2012 17:00

Adults: FREE, donations welcome

Different Strokes brings together Paul Floyd Blake’s stunning photographs of three remarkable female swimmers: thirteen year-old Danielle Bailer, a potential Paralympics Champion, swimming at The Hydro in Harrogate; portraits of teenage swimmer Rosie Bancroft; and images of Jane Grant at Starbeck Baths.

This exhibition challenges perceptions of disability and describes the joy that comes from swimming.  The portraits of Rosie are also part of an ongoing series, Personal Best, for which the artist is photographing sixteen of the United Kingdom’s Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls in the run up to the games. 

Floyd Blake worked with Jane Grant, who lost her right leg just below the knee after a motorcycle accident, on a collaborative project in which Jane’s words influenced the development of the photographs.  Danielle Bailey came to swimming only recently, and has already proved herself to be a fearless and talented athlete with great potential.

Different Stokes has been brought to Victoria Baths to coincide with the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.  The photographs have been installed in the cubicles of the Females Pool – a very fitting setting which shows the photographs off beautifully.  The exhibition can be viewed during the Baths public opening times including the Heritage Open Days weekend.

Different Strokes was first shown at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate then at Hebdon Bridge Arts Festival.  It is part of Extraordinary Moves which is a strand of imove, a Cultural Olympiad programme in Yorkshire.  It has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England and Harrogate Borough Council.


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