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5 December 2013

Rope Store Gallery, Quay Arts, Newport

Robana is delighted to announce that ‘Selected Photographs’, a show featuring photographic work from the late Michael Ward, will open at the Rope Store Gallery at Quay Arts in Newport Harbour on the Isle of Wight on Saturday 7th September 2013. The show will comprise of twenty three of his most highly regarded works.

Michael Ward took his first professional photographs of motoring legend Stirling Moss – using Moss’ own camera! – and went on to enjoy an incredible career. In 1963 he was asked to cover ‘A Day In The Life’ of an up-and-coming band called The Beatles. The resultant images went on to become – and remain – an unique record of the band that changed the world; he published many of the images in a book of the same name. Images from this shoot are included in the Rope Store Gallery showing.

For thirty years, Ward was connected with the Sunday Times and he travelled the world covering, as he put it himself, “War, riots, cat shows, Beauty Contests and back to Show Business”. He estimated that he covered over five thousand assignments! Well known also for his touching photobook ‘Mostly Women’, he also exhibited internationally and at venues including National Theatre and the National Portrait Gallery. Michael Ward died in 2011. The work on show at the Rope Store Gallery will include iconic images of stars such as Rudolf Nureyev, Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor, Gina Lollobrigida & Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, Glenda Jackson, Helen Mirren and more.

‘Selected Photographs’
Saturday 7th until Saturday 21st September 2013
Rope Store Gallery, Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight, PO30 5BD
01983 822490 / www.quayarts.org / info@quayarts.org
Quay Arts Opening Times: Mon - Sat 9.30am - 4pm, except Bank Holidays.
Free entry to all galleries.
Quay Arts Trading is the trading arm that supports Steve Ross Foundation for the Arts Charity No 272007. All money raised through the cafe, craft shop, conferencing and hires goes to support the aims and objectives of the charity.

Georgia Newman, the Visual Arts Manager at the Quay Arts Centre, said, “We are delighted to be welcoming such exciting and renowned work to the gallery. Michael Ward’s images are truly iconic and the ‘Selected Photographs’ show promises to be a real success.”


For more information please contact Chris Hewlett on 0845 601 2833 or email chris@chrishewlett.com

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