The Caravan Gallery: Jan Williams & Chris Teasdale

(from 2000 when The Caravan Gallery was founded)

Exhibitions, commissions & appearances



Burnley Pride of Place Project, autumn 2023 – summer 2024.

Pride of Place Malmesbury Residency and pop up exhibition at Caerbladon, Malmesbury, October 2023
The Caravan Gallery at BOP23 Photobook Festival, Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol, 7 – 8 October 2023.
The Caravan Gallery at Art Space Open Studios, Portsmouth,  1 – 2 July 2023.
Inspired by Ron’s Place (group exhibition), Future Yard, Birkenhead, April + May 2023.
Blyth Pride of Place Project   ongoing at Project Space (former Shoezone), now run by the local community with funding from town council.


Blyth Pride of Place Project  commissioned by Northumberland County Council and delivered by PlaceCreate as part of Energising Blyth, 30 September – 22 October 2022.
The Caravan Gallery at IMAGINATE, a celebration of imagination and creativity (Saving Ron’s Place fundraiser), Future Yard, Birkenhead, 25 September 2023.
Digital Spaces Showcase  including images from The Caravan Gallery’s  Tile Hill Pride of Place Project, Coventry Central Library, 1 + 2 July 2022.
Tile Hill Pride of Place Project, Tile Hill Library, Coventry, commissioned by Coventry Libraries Digital Spaces and produced by The Space. Ongoing.
Openshaw Pride of Place Project exhibition at Manchester Settlement (The  New Roundhouse), Openshaw, Manchester, 29 April – 28 May 2022.
extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery, Cooper Art Gallery, Barnsley, 19 February – 14 May, 2022.
Wombwell Pride of Place Project (commissioned by Barnsley Museums) exhibition highlights, Cooper Art Gallery, Barnsley, 19 Feb – 14 May 2022.


Tile Hill Pride of Place Project, Tile Hill Library, Coventry, commissioned by Coventry Libraries Digital Spaces and produced by The Space. Ongoing.
The Caravan Gallery at Art Space Portsmouth 40th anniversary Open Studios, Brougham Rd, Southsea, 3 – 4 July 2021.
Barrow Pride of Place Project, commissioned by Signal Film & Media, at West Coast Photo Festival, Barrow-in-Furness, June + Oct – Nov 2021.
BOP21 @ BPF – Photobook Festival at Martin Parr Foundation, Paintworks, Bristol, 22 – 24 Oct 2021.
Openshaw Pride of Place Project, commissioned by One Manchester, September 2021 onwards.


Projects cancelled / postponed due to Covid-19. Worked on personal projects and set up Saving Ron’s Place campaign to preserve an extraordinary ‘visionary art environment created by Jan’s late uncle Ron Gittins in Birkenhead.


West Coast Photo, The Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness (group show)
extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery, Shankhill Rd Library, Belfast.
Wombwell Pride of Place Project, Wombwell, commissioned by Barnsley Museums.
Seaside: Photographed, Turner Contemporary, Margate (group show, until 8 September then touring).
Sandwell Pride of Place Project, West Bromwich commissioned by Multistory for Blast! Festival.
A Good Year for the Roses, exhibition in Beech Circle at Mottisfont, National Trust, Romsey, Hampshire.
209 Women, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool  (Jan Williams in group show).


209 Women, Portcullis House, UK Parliament, London (Jan Williams in group show).
The Caravan Gallery in Mid & East Antrim, Northern Ireland with The Hope Centre, Ballymena.
Modern Nature, British Photographs from the Hyman Collection (group show), The Hepworth, Wakefield.
The Caravan Gallery: Photographing the way we live today, (talk) Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol.
Sandwell Pride of Place Project preparations for Blast! Festival, commissioned by Multistory.


ART FOR PA PA PARTY, (group show) Shenzen, China.
A Green and Pleasant Land, (group show) Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (work loaned by The Hyman Collection).
Draw Durham exhibition commissioned by Culture Durham, Durham University.
extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery, China Craft Week, Hangzhou, China.
Discovering Britain and Mottisfont residency, Mottisfont, National Trust, Romsey, Hampshire.
Urban Village Fete with Hemingway Design, Greenwich Peninsula, London.
Diffusion 2017 International Photography Festival: Cardiff Pride of Place Project book launch and exhibition, Wales Millennium Centre.  
FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby – launch weekend appearance.
Sneinton Pride of Place Project, Sneinton Market,Sneinton, Nottingham, commissioned by The Renewal Trust.
Sneinton Caravan Gallery Tour, various locations.


extra{ordinary} – Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery, Solent Showcase, Southampton.
Southampton Pride of Place Project, 108 East Street, Southampton SO14 3HD (temporary venue).
Southampton Caravan Gallery Tour, various locations.
FLÂNEUR New Urban Narratives outdoor glass photocubes, Rotušės aikštė, Kaunas, Lithuania.
extra{ordinary}- Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. 
Middlesbrough Pride of Place Project, 95 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 5DD (temporary venue).
Middlesbrough Caravan Gallery Tour, various locations.
FLÂNEUR New Urban Narratives residency to create Savanoriai Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania.
extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery, Museum of Lancashire, Preston.
Preston Pride of Place Project, 3 Friargate, Preston (temporary venue).
Preston Caravan Gallery Tour, various locations.


extra{ordinary} – Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery, Ffotogallery / Diffusion Festival, Cardiff.
Cardiff Pride of Place Project, The Abacus, St Davids House, Wood Street, Cardiff
Cardiff Caravan Gallery Tour, various locations
extra{ordinary} – Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery, Impressions Gallery, Bradford.
Bradford Pride of Place Project, FUSE Art Space, 7 Rawson Place, Bradford.
Bradford Caravan Gallery Tour,various locations.
extra{ordinary} – Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA), Sunderland.
Sunderland Pride of Place Project, 18 Fawcett Street, Sunderland (temporary venue).
Sunderland Caravan Gallery Tour, various locations.


Watch this Space Festival, National Theatre, London.
Festival 2014, Glasgow.
Liverpool Biennial launch weekend at the Bluecoat, Liverpool.


‘Soft Estate’, the Bluecoat, Liverpool and Spacex, Exeter (group show).
‘Aberdeenshire Ways’: a road trip into regional identity (with Jacques Coetzer). Aberdeenshire Council commission.
‘St Annes Arts & Music Festival’, Lytham St Annes.
Blackburn College, Caravan Gallery appearance and lecture.
‘Lytham St Annes Pride of Place Project’ commemorative book launch, St Annes.
‘Watch This Space Festival’, National Theatre, London.
‘A Summer Squall’, Ramsgate Arts, Ramsgate.
‘Translocation Festival’, Timespan, Helmsdale, Sutherland.
‘Huntly Pride of Place Project’, Deveron Arts, Aberdeenshire.
‘Bedfringe Festival’, Bedford.
‘Wirral Pride of Place Project’, Marine Point, New Brighton.
‘Liverpool Pride of Place Project’, 79 Renshaw Street (temporary venue).
Merseyside Caravan Gallery Tour.
Merseystyle: Photographs by The Caravan Gallery’, Museum of Liverpool.
‘LOOK/13 Liverpool International Photography Festival’ (partner organisation).
‘Format International Photography Festival’, The Chocolate Factory, Derby.


‘In/Hospitality’, Liverpool Independents Biennial, the Bluecoat courtyard.
Chassepierre: 39ieme Fesival des Arts de la Rue, Florenville, Belgium.
‘Nature et Dérision’, Centre d’Art Contemporain due Luxembourg Belge, Belgium.
‘Lytham St Annes Pride of Place Project’, St Annes on Sea, commissioned for Revealed Festival.
Leuften Mouson Arts and Music Festival, Frankfurt, Germany.
‘Oxford Pride of Place Project’, 03 Gallery, Oxford Castle Quarter and the Old Fire Station.
‘Wetteren Pride of Place Project’, Wetteren, Belgium.


‘Is Britain Great?3’ book launch exhibitions in Manchester, Liverpool & Portsmouth.
Promotional tour for Panasonic Lumix in Thurrock, Southend, Swindon, Fulham, Chelmsford, Wednesbury.
Bangwallop Big Bash, Bangwallop photography gallery, Salcombe.
‘Kunst & Zwalm Festival of Contemporary Art’, Belgium.
‘Watch This Space Festival’, National Theatre, London.
Guernsey Photography Festival.
‘LOOK/11 International Photography Festival’, Liverpool.
‘Focus on Imaging’, Panasonic stand at NEC, Birmingham.
‘Portsmouth Pride of Place Project: The People’s Perspective’, SPACE gallery, University of Portsmouth.
‘Nice Cuppa Tea’, South Kilburn, London (Empty Shops Network).


‘Marks and Stencils’, Berwick St, London.
Liverpool Biennial at the Bluecoat and various sites around Liverpool.
‘6by4’: Art Space Portsmouth 30th Anniversary Secret Postcard Exhibition (project coordinator).
‘Vintage at Goodwood’ festival, West Sussex.
FAB2010, Bath Fringe Visual Arts Festival and Widcombe Rising Festival.
‘Love Your Bike’, Southsea Skate Park, Portsmouth.
‘Stowfest’, Stowmarket.
Empty Shops Network Tour: South Kilburn, Brixton, Coventry, Carlisle, Shoreham.


Leysdown Vision Launch, Isle of Sheppey (Art at the Centre).
Edinburgh Art Festival, National Galleries precinct.
‘Hullness’ debate, discussion and exhibition commissioned by ARC, Hull’s architecture centre.
Arts & Business HQ, Nutmeg House, London and ‘Wish you were here’ exhibition.
White Stuff, Battersea and Spitalfields, London and Chichester.
‘Felixstroll’ festival art and walking, Felixstowe.
The Other South Bank collaboration with Pilgrim Films & St Etienne resulting in film and exhibition.


‘Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art’ (Street Level Photoworks, 5 locations).
London Festival of Architecture: Fresh Perspectives (Canary Wharf  Hub).
‘Beck’s Fusions’, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester.
‘Arts Fresco’, Market Harborough.
Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire.
‘Hackney Wicked’, London.
The Bluecoat, Liverpool during opening week of the Liverpool Biennial.
‘Space for 10’ residency and creative development programme through The Art House at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland.
Cultural Olympiad Launch, Portsmouth.
Brighton Photo Fringe, Jubilee Square.
Grassington Festival of Music and Arts, Yorkshire.


Bloomsbury Festival, Marchmont Street, London.
Thames Gateway Forum, ExCel London.
‘Coastal Currents’ festival, Hastings.
Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire.
‘O Dreamland’: Transition Gallery at the seaside, Greatstone, nr Dungeness.
Herne Bay Festival.
Shoreditch Festival, London (3 venues).
‘Late At Tate’, Tate Britain, London (during ‘How We Are Now’).
‘Is Britain Great?’ Caravan Gallery residency and exhibition at Paul Smith Space, Tokyo (toured to Fukuoka and Osaka).
‘Leisure Landscape & Lifestyle in 21st century Britain’, Urbis, Manchester.
‘I’m not a Tourist I Live Here’, Hemingway Art, Pennwood House, Oxford.


Is Britain Great?‘ The Caravan Gallery UK tour’, Aspex, Portsmouth.
BigFest Street Art Festival, Uxbridge.
Liverpool Biennial, Independents Quarter.
‘A Beautiful South’, Millais Gallery, Southampton.
‘The Great Wyre Jigsaw’ (Borough of Wyre commission).
‘Destinations & Locations’ CIRM conference, Manchester Metropolitan University (exhibition and talk).
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast.
Queen Square, Wolverhampton (off-site project with Wolverhampton Art Gallery).
‘Sideshow’, Nottingham.
Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, Wales.
‘Watch this Space’ Festival, National Theatre, London.
‘UK JACK OK!’ Colette, Paris (also Dover St Market, London & Isetan,Tokyo).
Brunel Festival, Swindon.
St Helens Arts Festival, St Helens.
Maidstone Architecture Week, Maidstone, Kent.
Streets of Brighton, Brighton.
Mediacom, North Gower Street, London.


“a-Mart: The Art Supermarket’, Bradford on Avon (in association with Ale & Porter Arts).
‘Big Day Out’ (postcard workshops & exhibition for national Arts Council England event).
Ipswich appearance (in conjunction with Wolsey Art Gallery).
‘Totland Art’ and Dimbola Lodge, Freshwater, Isle of Wight.
‘Garden of Delights’ festival, Manchester.
‘The Condition of England’, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland.
‘Postcards from Portsmouth’: public art commission and exhibition, Aspex Gallery & Gunwharf Quays.
‘Slough banners’ photomosaic banners commission and workshops.


Liverpool Biennial Independents (various sites).
Eden Project, Cornwall (8 day residency).
‘Art Play’, The Gallery, Stratford upon Avon.
‘Floral Habitat’, Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery.
‘Coal Salt Tin’: Newlyn, Newcastle and Leeds.


Sabbatical for health reasons.


Liverpool Biennial Independents (5 locations).
Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich.
East International, Norwich.
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell (regional tour for outreach programme, 5 locations).
‘Streets of Brighton’ festival.
Glasgow Art Fair and tour (5 locations including Inverleith House, Edinburgh).


Pilot tour of Southern Arts region (various festivals, shows and exhibitions throughout the year).
‘Fresh Art’, Business Design Centre, London.
‘Portrait of a Festival: a photographic record’, Newbury Festival (Year of the Artist commission).


‘about yourself: an exhibition all about you’, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.
‘The Caravan Gallery Millennium Experience’, Southsea seafront (Art Space Portsmouth/PCC commission).
Regular participant in Art Space Portsmouth Open Studios and events.
Pre 2000
Prior to setting up The Caravan Gallery with Chris Teasdale, Jan Williams  worked as a solo artist in a range of media, exhibiting nationally and internationally, with and without gallery representation.


2017: ‘Sneinton Pride of Place Project’ (The Caravan Gallery & The Renewal Trust).
‘Preston Pride of Place Project’ (The Caravan Gallery).
2016: ‘Sunderland Pride of Place Project’ (The Caravan Gallery).
2015: ‘extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery’ (The Caravan Gallery)
2014: ‘Aberdeenshire Ways’ (Aberdeenshire Council).
‘Huntly’ (Deveron Arts)
2013: ‘Lytham St Annes Pride of Place Project’ (The Caravan Gallery).
2011: ‘Is Britain Great?3 (Cornerhouse).
‘Other People’s Pictures’ (The Caravan Gallery).
‘On The Contemporary’ – ebook by AGENCY: art, life and society.
2009: ‘Is Britain Great? 2’ (The Caravan Gallery) launch and exhibition at GASP, Art Space Portsmouth.
2006: ‘Is Britain Great?’ (aspex)
‘Portsmouth – it’s unbelievable!’ visitor guide (aspex) followed by Liverpool and Glasgow guides
2005: ‘Welcome to Britain – a celebration of real life’ (Hodder Headline), launch at The Photographers’ Gallery.
2000: ‘leisure landscape lifestyle’ – exhibition catalogue of drawings by Jan Williams (aspex).
The Caravan Gallery regularly contributes images to books and magazines, publishes limited edition prints, small publications and photographic merchandise including an extensive range of postcards.

Talks, workshops & teaching:

 Artist Talk: The Caravan Gallery, Multistory, West Bromwich; ‘Photography and Wellbeing‘ talk at the Photo Space Charity launch Ludlow; ‘The Caravan Gallery: Photographing the way we live today’, Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol.  TEXAS: talks to art and photography students at Texas Christian University and Tarrant County College, Fort Worth;  University of Texas, Arlington; Trinity University, San Antonio.
 Post Brexit Preston seminar and book launch with UCLan at Harris Museum & Art Gallery; NIDA 2017 International Photography Symposium, Lithuania; TEDx Southampton:Self & Society – Beyond the Tourist Road Signs (2016): VASW event – What Is Art: A User’s Guide (A Crash Course In Brain Surgery) at Southampton City Art Gallery in association with British Art Show 8; Pride of Place Project and extra{ordinary} exhibition tour (2014 – 16 ACE Strategic Touring) talks and exhibition presentations  in host towns and cities; Documentary Photography, USW, Newport; Redeye Presents:’Building the Perfect Photographic Project’, Liverpool LOOK/15; ‘Soft Estate’ exhibition – in conversation with Sara-Jayne Parsons, the Bluecoat, Liverpool; The Photography Show & Focus on Imaging for Panasonic Lumix. Blackburn College; in conversation with Sara-Jayne Parsons (Bluecoat) at Lytham St Annes Pride of Place Project; Museum of Liverpool ‘Merseystyle’ talks and workshops; Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen; ‘Cameras in the Community’ symposium presentation, Fotonow, Plymouth Arts Centre; Redeye photography network, MMU, Manchester; ‘Turntable Café’ curated by St Etienne, ICA, London; ‘Destinations & Locations’ conference, Manchester; Part time teaching on Art foundation and Fine Art degree courses at University of Portsmouth; Creative Partnerships project at Fulbridge School, Peterborough; numerous practical workshops, tutorials and lectures for galleries, schools, colleges, young people’s groups and professional organisations on fine art, the built environment, photography and personal development. Regular presentations for our camera sponsors Panasonic Lumix.

Media coverage:

BBC Midlands Today; Living North; British Journal of Photography; Photography Monthly; Sunday Express; Amelia’s Magazine; The Independent on Sunday Review; The Times magazine; The Times: Image of the Week; The Guardian; The Big Issue; Inside Out; Channel 5; BBC South Today; Southern Daily Echo; Source, The Photographic Review (issue 38, Spring 04); New Statesman; Hotline Virgin Trains magazine; Art Monthly; Nude magazine; Variant; AN Magazine; Financial Times FT magazine; Daily Express (Scotland); Daily Record; The Herald, Glasgow; extensive  TV, radio, press and web coverage of The Caravan Gallery on tour and book reviews.

Awards, sponsorship and collections:

Works acquired by The Hyman Collection of British Photography, Martin Parr Foundation and Tate photobook collection donated by Martin Parr, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland; project support from Arts Council England (Strategic Touring, Grants for the Arts, Research and Development), Scottish Arts Council, local authorities, commissioning bodies, arts organisations, galleries and festivals. Ongoing support from Panasonic Lumix UK. SEEDA Arts & Business Community Award and AMA Creative Champion of the Year Award 2006 for ‘Postcards from Portsmouth’ in partnership with Aspex Gallery and Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth.


Sara-Jayne Parsons Exhibitions Curator,
Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas (formerly at  the Bluecoat, Liverpool)
Tel: 817-257-2707

Alistair Robinson Director,
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art City Library and Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland SR1 1RE
Tel: 0191 561 8478