The photographs below are from the Henry/Bragg B.I.N.G.O event at the London Art Fair, which took place on Sunday 25 January 2015. The event launched an exhibition by the art duo Henry/Bragg, who have spent a year photographing bingo halls and players across the UK (photos to follow…). The purpose of the photography project was to look at the working class pastime of bingo, which falls in line with the cultural themes of their other projects. The pair decided to open the exhibition with several games of bingo which were free for all and Playing Bingo contributed to funding the prizes. The bingo games themselves were ‘performance art’ in themselves, as the golden decked tables and booth sought to hark back to the splendour of bingo in its heyday. As you can see from the photos below, a good time was had by all, and a few lucky winning players took home some original art, not to mention bacon and eggs!
Framed photograph of grand bingo hall from the B.I.N.G.O series.
Prizes provided by The Butchery.
Cuddly bingo teddy bears.
Photographs from the Henry Bragg bingo collection.
Tables full, but the dabbing goes on.
Happy bingo players.
Marvellous bingo hair slides.
Loving the experience!
Proud possessors of fine bingo art.
Looks like someone has called a line.
Looks like someone has won a line.
The glitz and glamour of the calling bingo numbers.
Looks like someone may be getting the ‘bingo bug’.
Bingo never strayed too far from the music hall.
Should have brought a dabber!
You don’t have to have bingo wings to play bingo.
Eyes down for bingo and art (and prizes).
A celebration of the golden age of bingo.
Looks like we have a winner.
One of many smiling faces at the event.
Full house for a full house!
The next generation of bingo players?
Loving the show!
Aw bless! Someone won’t be forgetting their trip to the Art Fair!
You can’t just give away one teddy bear!
Has someone at the back won, or can’t they take the excitement anymore!
Good old fashioned bingo roller.
The star of the show commands your attention!
Young players loving the game.
They’ve come for the fun, but a lapse of concentration could mean missing out on a prize.
There are never too many smiles.
I wonder what the prize for this line was?
Now that’s a proper dabber.
Great breakfast prize.
In all, it looks like a great afternoon was had by all.