25 June – 2 October 2011
Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex, presents a new series of photographs by leading British documentary photographer Anna Fox recording the modern face of Butlins holiday camps.
RESORT is the result of two years spent photographing life at Butlin's Southcoast World at Bognor Regis in West Sussex. Anna Fox has captured the British at leisure, providing a vital and highly charged insight into the contemporary Butlins holiday experience.
The series marks the 75th anniversary of Butlins: a British institution and established cultural phenomenon, with a very particular character, history and identity. Having attracted tens of millions of holidaymakers since its creation in 1936, Butlins' popularity peaked in the 1970s, but, today it is making a comeback as a centre for family holidays and themed leisure breaks.
The Butlins experience has always been rooted in a sense of community, extending the bonds of family and friends to embrace shared social activities that are truly democratic and accessible to all. These values and aspirations are still pertinent today and the series recognises Butlins' prominent place in the national imagination.
Informed by John Hinde's celebrated colour photographs of Butlins holiday camps from the 1970s which were highly choreographed records of the ritualised activities in the camps, Fox's large-format colour photographs provide a fascinating insight not only into the family activities for which Butlins is celebrated, but also the popular adult weekends themed around school discos, the Seventies and
The series has been commissioned by Pallant House Gallery and has been supported by a National Photography Museum Award and Butlins.