Space 36: the Brexit issue

Waiting to Exhale: a creative exploration in response to Brexit A suburban house turned into an experimental and beautiful space for the creation of project-based art, this is the essence of Space 36, in Finsbury Park, north London. In 2016, the owners of the house, Ahmed Farooqui and Alan Swann, held an exhibition which they chose…

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Women, Children; and Loitering Men by Shirley Baker at Manchester Art Gallery

From 19th May, Manchester Art Gallery will show the exhibition Women, Children; and Loitering Men, photographs by Shirley Baker taken primarily in the 1960s. Of Baker’s prolific output, these photographs of Manchester and Salford are her best known works and they reveal to us in compelling detail, a glimpse back in time; a snapshot of a city and…

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A powerhouse of a show: North at Open Eye Gallery

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion is now showing at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery, the first exhibition to be held as part of their 40th anniversary year. Curators Lou Stoppard and Adam Murray have taken an in-depth and far reaching look of the creativity of the towns, cities and suburbs of the north through different media and the way its influences…

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Shirley Baker photographs in new show at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

A major exhibition opens at Open Eye Gallery on the waterfront in Liverpool on 5th January 2017, which will include a few works of Manchester photographer Shirley Baker. The multi-media show called North: Identity, Photography, Fashion, will examine the way the north has been depicted in various media. Five works by Shirley Baker are included in the…

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Moving Forward: photo exhibition by homeless young people

The private view of Moving Forward photography exhibition took place on Thursday 14th July at the glamorous offices of The Guardian in Kings Cross, on a rare sunny evening with sun flooding into the space. Moving Forward features beautiful photographs by a group of young students who have been taking creative workshops at Ravensbourne College, but what makes this exhibition all the more…

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Haunt: a story-walk through Harrogate in search of spirits

The beautiful spa town of Harrogate in Yorkshire is hosting a ghost walk with a difference this summer… spectres and shades, some (but not all) from the distant past. Some are haunting the life of Harrogate now… and some are haunted by the town itself. Haunt: a story-walk through Harrogate, with music and performance is by Imove Arts,…

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Shirley Baker: On the Beach exhibition

On the Beach is a new exhibition of lesser-seen work by Shirley Baker, held at Photofusion Photography Centre, Brixton from 12th May to 16th June. The private view was a huge success and curator Anna Douglas gave a fascinating gallery talk. In a departure from her more well-known photos of 1960s Manchester and Salford, as seen at…

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Hebden Bridge: After the deluge

I’m reposting a piece from 2012, an account of the floods in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding villages, written by local long-term resident and creator of many community events, Tessa Gordziejko. The Trades, Hebden Bridge’s venue for so many great music nights, was given a boost by Patti Smith who did a gig there and…

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