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Marking 100 years since jazz first reached Britain, this exhibition explores the genre’s influence on art, design and society.

Linking the music with art produced in response to it, Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain considers the reception of jazz as it entered the public consciousness after the First World War; how it brought audiences together and influenced changes in society; how new technology enabled its dissemination; and how cultural responses to jazz through practices like textiles and ceramics even brought its look and sound into the home.

Spanning painting, prints, cartoons, textiles, ceramics, moving film, instruments and, of course, audio, the exhibition draws on regional collections from across the UK including The National Jazz Archive, The Higgins Bedford, Leeds Art Gallery, Town Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Newark, and Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford.

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