COWES artist Nina Ross has the culture and people of Bhutan featured in her photographic exhibition at the Claydon Gallery, Quay Arts, this summer.

Nina’s experience of working in design in theatre and film, including Bridget Jones' Diary and Layer Cake, has led to a passion for cultural festivals and traditions, and the exhibition is a display of work towards a visual book she is writing on the subject.

The focus of the book is on isolated communities in the Himalayan region and how people connect and create happiness through imaginative events.

Viewers can expect to get a sense of the remoteness of Bhutan, its people and the incredible masked festivals they hold each year.

Nina said: "This project is the culmination of many passions. I hope that by giving these remote cultures a voice we can all learn something about how to increase our social connections and happiness through group experiences."

The free-to-enter exhibition will be on from Friday (August 2) to Monday, August 26, and will sit alongside another photographic exhibition by UN reportage photographer Giles Clarke.

All photography is on sale and Nina will be giving an informal talk about her work in the gallery on Saturday, August 3, at 11am.