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An exhibition in Haworth sheds an imaginative new light on the BrontÃ«s
The extraordinary and unique landscape of the Yorkshire-bonded fringes of the South Pennines takes centre stage in a new exhibition of work by photographer and filmmaker Simon Warner at the Bront Parsonage Museum in Haworth.
His videos appear either in miniature, nestled within the accoutrements of the daily life of the Bront family, or projected on to the walls of their now famous family home, imaginatively highlighting how the sisters lives, aspirations and writings were entwined with the landscape.
The exhibition focuses on Top Withins, the windswept farmhouse three miles from the museum thats popularly considered to be the model for Wuthering Heights, documenting its progressive ruination using archival images and original prints by Fay Godwin, Alexander Keighley and Bill Brandt, which have been brought together for the first time.
A centrepiece of the display is a rarely seen sketch by poet Sylvia Plath, produced on her first visit to Top Withins with her new husband, Ted Hughes, in 1956.
The exhibition, which also features moorland photographs taken by Warner and two Keighley community groups, is being funded through Pennine Prospects Watershed Landscape project and is part of the Bront Parsonage Museums contemporary arts programme.
Ways to the Stone House by Simon Warner will be at the Bront Parsonage Museum in Haworth until December 3rd. The museum is open every day from 11am to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm). A standard admission is 7, while a family ticket is 16.
Simon Warner is a West Yorkshire-based landscape filmmaker and photographer with research interest in early photography and optical history.
His most recent work includes Overworlds and Underworlds for the Cultural Olympiad, and the Arts of Place in Bradford. His solo exhibitions include A Guide to Yorkshire Rivers at Impressions Gallery, Leaving Home at the Bront Parsonage Museum, and Transported which, in 2009, was a residency on the 36 bus route between Leeds and Harewood.
Simon was long-listed for the Northern Art Prize in 2011.
For more information about the artist and his work, visit simonwarner.co.uk.