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Stories from Cafe De Galata

The inspiration behind this exhibition was the painting ‘Café De Galata’ by Charles Theodore Frere - see above. The original painting, an excellent example of Orientalism was brought to Barnsley by Samuel Joshua Cooper, the founder of the Cooper Gallery. The painting is of a 19th Century café high above the streets of

Constantinople (now Istanbul) in Turkey. People are shown relaxing in the shade, gazing out over the rooftops watching boats and ships sailing the waters of the Bosporus river in the distance.

 

We took over a gallery space in the Cooper Gallery and recreated a version of the Cafe De Galata for visitors to enjoy, relax in and read stories from far away places. Our installation was filled with Islamic antique furniture, genuine Persian rugs, Turkish lanterns and objects from across Arabia. Painted trompe l'oiel panels depicted the views through the cafe windows over the Bosporus and a musical soundscape transported visitors back 150 years ago and over 1500 miles away.

 

Frere's painting was on display and we ran free musical storytelling workshops every Saturday throughout the exhibition.

 

Exhibition ran Saturday 25 May to Saturday 31 August 2013

The Cooper Gallery, Church Street, Barnsley

South Yorkshire, S70 2AH

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