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Banlieue Galleries

Banlieue Network Galleries had been created to showcase the work produced during the Summer School "Exploring the Banlieue" in July 2013 by the participating artists, scholars, young researchers and the organisers.  This on-line exhibition seeks to communicate the “banlieue” experience beyond its locality in order to further understanding about urban segregation and provide a resource to challenge negative stereotypes. Resulting from the participants' immersion in the creative energy generated by the banlieue’s cross-cultural influences, the selected visual material is ordered by individual participants - professional artists and researchers - and reflects their individual perceptions of the urban periphery as experienced during the walks and other activities of the Summer School. The richness of the images illustrates the diversity of the urban periphery and the fecund synergies between various art forms. 


Some of these pictures will be feed into the exhibition "The Banlieue far from the Clichés" which will be exhibited at Oxford Brookes Univerity's Glass Tank Gallery, located on the ground floor of the new Abercrombie extension on the Gipsy Lane site. "The Banlieue far from the Clichés"  is an image-led exhibition investigating the theme of disadvantaged communities in France.  Part of a cutting-edge programme involving ten international artists, researchers from various disciplines and young banlieue residents from Bondy, Drancy  and Saint-Denis, the event was designed to engage participants in discussions, debates, urban walks and creative writing, photography and drawing workshops. The exhibition results from this immersion in the creative energy generated by the banlieue’s cross-cultural influences. The exhibition "The Banlieue far from the Clichés" will open on the night of the 3 April, and run until 1 May.