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New interactive autumn exhibition at Orleans House Gallery

7 October 2021

Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham has announced its next major exhibition ‘Brow of a God/Jaw of a Devil: Unsettling the Source of the Nile’, a collaboration with emerging artist Himali Singh Soin and historian of science Alexis Rider. 

The exhibition interrogates the legacy of Sir Richard Burton and explores our relationship with colonial exploration.

Sir Richard Burton was a controversial British explorer, scholar and soldier who is famous for trying to find the source of the Nile. The exhibition at Orleans House Gallery explores the story of Burton’s search for the Nile, focusing on real and imagined interactions with the river and its landscape. The exhibition will offer new interpretations of the Burton collection and an interactive experience for its visitors.

The exhibition will open on Friday 19 November 2021 with a special late-night launch which will include a de-colonial intervention by violinist Blaize Henry. Book your place for the special event now.

The exhibition will then run until 13 March 2022. It is free for all visitors, there is no need to book, and there will be activities for suitable for all ages to enjoy.

For more information on the exhibition, Himali Singh Soin and Alexis Rider, visit the Orleans House Gallery website.

Cllr John Coombs, Spokesperson for Arts, said:

“It’s wonderful to see Orleans House Gallery back in action after a long time without art galleries in our lives. The collaboration of an artist and a scientist sounds fascinating, and I look forward to learning about Sir Richard Burton at the exhibition.

“If you haven’t been to the gallery before, it’s set in beautiful gardens overlooking the River Thames with a wonderful café and a year-round programme of exhibitions and activities for everyone to enjoy. It makes for the perfect day out!

A piece by Himali Singh Soin for the upcoming exhibition

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Updated: 7 October 2021