The latest Secret Cities Exhibition opens on the 23rd August 2013 – 5pm at Museum Het Domein Sittard-Geleen.
15 stunning new works from photographer Andrew Brooks will appear both in the Museum and around the city on billboards taking his artwork from the gallery walls into the public realm. Accompanied by a narrative trail by curator Andy Brydon the works will be on show in the city until February 2014.
The award winning, critically acclaimed Secret Cities is a uniquely effective, engaging and embedded cultural project that brings together artists, institutions and audiences in true collaboration.
Led by artist Andrew Brooks and curator/producer Andy Brydon the project provides a platform and focus enabling participants to experience and interrogate cities using photography, exploration, memory and identity to create new perceptions of urban environments.
The project is a celebration of place, a renewal of outlook and a sense of ownership for local people so often lost in the increasingly privatised public realm of contemporary life. Industrial ruins, underground tunnels, abandoned windmills and prohibited places inspire stories through panoramic-style photographs. Each Secret Cities project contains tours, workshops and an exhibition.
Bringing together aspects of urban exploration, cultural heritage, architecture and art through digital image making the project seeks to explore and refresh mythologies around urban environments’ forgotten spaces. Secret Cities is recognised internationally and is in development as a significant European-wide project. In 2011 it appeared in the Netherlands (commissioned by Stadsmuseum Zoetermeer) and the latest exhibition will open at Museum Het Domein, Sittard-Geleen on August 23rd 2013. Additionally, the project is currently in production in Reykjavik and will also appear as an exhibition in Edinburgh 2013-14.
Secret Cities was named as one of Culture 24’s Best Photography Exhibitions 2008. It has developed from a visual arts/photographic and social documentary project into a fully fledged holistic cultural programme – encompassing world-class exhibitions, effective outreach, remarkable engagement and strategies for urban regeneration. The project has received both popular and critical praise and has featured in significant national and international press such as the BBC, NRC Next, The Guardian, the Washington Post and Wired.
“A truly beautiful collection” – BBC Radio 2, Claudia Winkleman Arts Show
“The dust, dirt and damp that pervades these places seem to seep out of the pictures, turning them from dead spaces into something approaching fantasy worlds.” – Metro