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Exhibition, Fri 21 Oct 2107 - Sun 19 Nov 2017, free entry

Changing Places

Changing Places


Film and Video Umbrella presents Changing Places, a series of exhibitions showing contemporary artists' video within historic buildings across the country.

Cliffe Castle is one of ten venues on this nationwide tour and hosts four artworks: two video works, an immersive sound piece and a newly commissioned installation. the content of these works and their placement at Cliffe Castle aims to highlight a shared history between England and South Asia, bridging the gap between buildings of historic significance located across the country and the contemporary outcome of industrialisation in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Imran Channa's installation, Dust to Dust, is an informal inventory of the artist's visits to several places on the Changing Places tour. What he took away from this encounter with Britain's industrial, imperial past was a number of painstakingly gathered phials of dust, collected from corners, swept from the floor, as if commenting on the transience of material things, and how even the grandest of empires dwindles to nothing in the end. A large-scale drawing depicts the Crystal Palace, the glass-fronted showpiece that housed London's Great Exhibition of 1851. the Great Exhibition of the Works and Industry of All Nations (to give its full name) was a tribute to Victorian technological ingenuity, and Britain's place at the centre of it. As the major branches of industrial production transfer to the East, Channa's image acts as an emblem of a fading power whose imprint nevertheless reaches deep.

Desire Machine Collective's audio installation Trespassers will (not) be prosecuted transposes sounds from Law Kyntang, a sacred forest in Meghalaya, India, into the interior of the Grand Drawing Room. Surrounded by bird motifs on furninshings and textile hangings, the work draws eerily on the absence of a genuine natural environment in favour of the urban landscape.

A Film and Video Umbrella touring exhibition, supported by Arts Council England, Canal and River Trust, National Trust, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Phoenix Leicester, Feltech, Links Signs and Heritage Lottery Fund. Curated by Mariam Zulfiqar.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsGift shopPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 21 Oct 2107 - Sun 19 Nov 2017
Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays 11am - 4pm
Last admission 3.30pm

Closed Good Friday and Mondays except Bank Holidays.

Christmas opening times
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day, New Years Day & 2nd January

Cliffe Castle cafe is currently closed due to refurbishment work in the park.


Free entry

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Sun 30 Jul - Sun 14 Jan Drawing the Work
Fri 21 Oct - Sun 19 Nov Changing Places




    01535 618231


    Spring Gardens Lane,
    BD20 6LH



    See location of Cliffe Castle Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 056422  Lat: 53.87660 Long: -1.91622

    Cliffe Castle lies in a park on the outskirts of Keighley off the A629 Skipton Road. Approximately 12-25 minutes walk from Keighley railway station, 6-15 minutes walk from the bus station.
    Buses (for example Bradford to Skipton) pass the lower main gates. The 903 bus service operates from Keighley Bus Station and serves Cliffe Castle on a limited basis.

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 miles from Keighley railway station


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups