North: Fashioning Identity

8 Nov 2017 – 4 Feb 2018

Event times

Wed – Fri: 11.00 – 20.00, Sat – Tue: 10.00 - 18.00

Cost of entry

£7.00 / £5.00 concessions

Somerset House

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91 and 176, while the River Bus Service can be taken to Embankment and Savoy Piers.
  • Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment.
  • Charing Cross, Waterloo and Blackfriars.

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An exhibition exploring contemporary artistic and stylistic representations of the north of England.


Opening this winter, an exhibition featuring contemporary photography, fashion and multimedia work, sitting alongside social documentary film and photography, highlighting how the realities of life in the north of England captured in the mid-20th century continue to influence new generations of photographers, artists and designers.

The exhibition will feature over 100 photographs, fashion garments and artworks from a host of renowned photographers, designers and artists including Alasdair McLellan, Corinne Day, Mark Leckey, Jeremy Deller, Alice Hawkins, Raf Simons, Paul Smith, Off White’s Virgil Abloh, Peter Saville, Stephen Jones, Gareth Pugh, Nick Knight, Glen Luchford, Jamie Hawkesworth, plus the likes of Shirley Baker, John Bulmer and Peter Mitchell.

The show will look at the themes and tropes present in these collective visions of northern England and consider why these regions, or representations of them, are increasingly a source of inspiration and still so idealised today.

The exhibition is curated by writer, independent curator and SHOWstudio Editor-at-large Lou Stoppard and Adam Murray, lecturer at Manchester School of Art and Central Saint Martins.

Image: Derrin Crawford and Demi Leigh Cruickshank in The Liver Birds, LOVE magazine, Liverpool, 2012 © Alice-Hawkins


Adam Murray

Lou Stoppard

Exhibiting artists

Paul Smith

Gareth Pugh

Shirley Baker

Stephen Jones

Peter Saville

Corinne Day

Jamie Hawkesworth

John Bulmer

Raf Simons

Nick Knight

Alice Hawkins

Glen Luchford

Peter Mitchell

Jeremy Deller

Alasdair McLellan

Virgil Abloh

Mark Leckey

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