Leeds is now the location of a remarkable free outdoor exhibition of aerial photographs as part of a wider initiative by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to encourage the public to discover more about the UK’s places, environments and people.
The Britain from the Air exhibition, sponsored by world travel clothing company Craghoppers and hosted by Leeds City Council, will be in residence in Leeds’ Victoria Gardens until 7 May. It features unique perspectives of some of the UK’s most striking and thought-provoking landscapes, through more than 100 contemporary aerial images in a large-scale street gallery.
Free to view and accessible 24 hours a day, this extraordinary outdoor exhibition, created jointly with street gallery pioneers WeCommunic8, also offers visitors the chance to walk the length and breadth of the country on a 16 metre Ordnance Survey map, exploring the precise location of each large-scale image.
Britain from the Air’s opening yesterday by writer, geographer and broadcaster Nick Crane marks the return of one of the Royal Geographical Society’s most acclaimed exhibitions and the first time that the exhibition has been seen in Yorkshire.
The Society’s work to reconnect the public with the diverse landscapes and geography of the UK also includes Discovering Britain, an integrated set of self-led walks that are available to the public at no cost.
Dr. Rita Gardner, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), said:
“Britain from the Air provides a fantastic opportunity to witness the beauty and diversity of Britain’s natural and human landscapes and to explore the social, economic and environmental forces that shaped them. We are delighted that the exhibition is in Leeds.”
Nick Crane said: “The perfect twinning. Leeds and geography. Both central to Britain.”
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