About the exhibition

India’s Gateway is a stunning new exhibition that weaves together photographs, words and film to explore the fascinating story of Gujarat and Britain – a story which stretches from 1608 to the present day.

When sailing ships from London reached Gujarat in 1608, the region became the first point of contact between Britain and the Indian subcontinent. This marked the beginning of an extraordinary relationship that endures to this day. The relationship changed Gujarat and its people, who themselves have profoundly altered the fabric of modern-day Britain.

Featuring new photography and film from renowned UK photographer Tim Smith, India’s Gateway presents a vivid portrait of modern Gujarat and Mumbai today. Tim Smith comments: “From food, film and fashion to industry and finance, interest in India is booming, and Gujarat and Mumbai are leading the way. My work is inspired by Gujarat’s vibrant mix of cultures, and how that mix has been shaped by the region’s rich history of trade, seafaring and migration. It’s been great to work with the different Gujarati communities both here and in India, lots of people have contributed stories and ideas to the show”. Find out more about Tim’s journeys around Gujarat here.


Gujarat is a huge, diverse region that’s home to people with many different lifestyles. One of the things that unites them all is their love of good food, and the show is sponsored by Prashad, the award-winning Yorkshire-based restaurant which showcases some of the very best Gujarati food.


India’s Gateway is organised by Tim Smith and Oriental Arts in Bradford. The exhibition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.



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