Great British Photographic Portraiture on Show

Beryl Bainbridge, photo by Derrick Santini

JG Contemporary has unveiled its latest exhibition, #MadeBritainGreat by Derrick Santini, featuring portraits that pay homage to influential figures in British arts and humanities. The exhibition will be open to the public from November 10th to December 3rd.

Curated and photographed by Derrick Santini, #MadeBritainGreat takes a nuanced approach to the notion of “Made in Great Britain,” offering a visual narrative that honours progressive, humanist, and unique individuals who have contributed significantly to British culture. The exhibit will showcase portraits spanning over 30 years, capturing inspiring and beautiful people who have made their mark in Britain providing an emotionally resonant experience for the audience.

Idris Elba, photo by Derrick Santini

Rather than a jingoistic expression, the exhibition personifies and celebrates the rich intercultural history and diverse talents that have made Britain truly great. This is the introductory exhibition before the launch of the book and the national tour in 2024.

About the Artist

Derrick Santini, born in 1965 in Scarborough, England, is a highly acclaimed photographer whose work has been exhibited globally. He holds a BA Hons in Photography and Communication from LCP (now LCC). Santini’s portraits have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London; his exhibitions range from solo shows in the UK and internationally. His innovative approach and techniques have led him to conduct masterclass workshops, most notably in Lenticular photography. His work is featured in prestigious publications including Vice and Vogue, and he continues to work commercially and editorially, as well as publishing numerous articles on photography.

Dame Judi Dench, photo by Derrick Santini

An opening reception will be held on November 9th from 6-9 pm. Derrick Santini will be present to discuss his work and the philosophy behind @MadeBritainGreat. Refreshments will be served.

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Exhibition Details:

  • Venue: JG Contemporary, 45 Churchfield Road, London, W3 6AY
  • Private View: November 9th from 5-8 pm. Opens to the public – 10th November, Weds to Saturdays, 11-6pm
  • Exhibition Duration & hours: November 10th to December 3rd, also by appointment
  • Admission: Free

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