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Bonington Vitrines #6: One Eye on the Road – festival and traveller culture since the 1980s by photographer Alan Lodge

Bonington Gallery - Part of Light Night 2018

Double-decker bus with teepee

Late opening: Friday 23 February, 6 pm – 9 pm 
(part of Light Night 2018)

Exhibition private view:
Wednesday 14 March, 5 pm - 7 pm

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) BA and MA Photography alumnus, Alan Lodge, comes from a free festival and traveller background. Living in old buses, trucks and caravans, he drove around the country on ‘the circuit’ with his family and friends. Since the late 1970s he has been photographing events and the people around him.

  • From: Friday 23 February 2018, 10 am
  • To: Thursday 29 March 2018, 5 pm
  • Location: Bonington Foyer, Bonington Building, Dryden Street, Nottingham, NG1 4GG
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Documenting all aspects of alternative lifestyles and sub-cultures, Alan has photographed many free and commercial events, environment protest, land rights demonstrations, and rave culture. Giving an insightful view that only people who have been accepted into a community can really achieve, his aim has been to present a more positive view of people and communities that are frequently misrepresented.

The process has not been easy, as many people are suspicious of anyone with a camera and their motives. Conflict with the police in more recent years has become a fact of life, as has eviction from land and squats, and difficulties with children’s education when being continually moved on.

Alan had produced work for publications, galleries, events, and public spaces. Moving beyond photography, he has experimented with mixed media involving printed and projected text.

During his MA at NTU, Alan specialised in issues surrounding representation, presenting himself in print and audio-visual format. A member of the National Union of Journalists, he is a documentary photographer, a photo-journalist and ‘storyteller’ always on the lookout for another tale to tell.

Please visit Alan's website for more details about his work.

Light Night 2018

This exhibition is just one of many activities by NTU for Light Night 2018 – view the full listing for more details.

Light Night is an initiative by Nottingham City Council, please visit their website for updates.

Exhibition private view:

Join us on Wednesday 14 March, 5 pm to 7 pm for the private view of Bonington Vitrines #6, part of the private view for Lace Unarchived.

The private view is open to staff, students and the general public, please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

The exhibition will open to all from Friday 23 February - Thursday 29 March.

Monday - Friday, 10 am - 5 pm

Saturdays, 11 am - 3 pm


For all enquiries about Bonington Gallery exhibitions and events please email us, or call +44 (0)115 848 8268. Alternatively, please visit the Bonington Gallery website.

Innovating since 1843: this event is part of a series celebrating 175 years of Nottingham Trent University.

Image © Alan Lodge

Location details


Bonington Foyer, Bonington Building


Dryden Street


Situated on the University’s City Campus, our Gallery is a short walk from Nottingham city centre. Due to our central location we don’t have visitor parking available, but public transport will bring you almost to our door.

If you’re intending to park in the city centre, the closest (and largest) facilities to our City Campus are:

Travel Info:

Visitors traveling on the tram are advised to get off at the Nottingham Trent University stop on Goldsmith Street.

Visit our travel pages for campus maps and detailed information on how to get here.

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