North: Identity, Photography, Fashion

6 Jan 2017 – 19 Mar 2017

Event times

Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm

Cost of entry


Open Eye Gallery

Liverpool, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • The nearest bus station is at Liverpool ONE, but some buses drop off at the Pier Head, right next door to the gallery. Merseytravel has details of local bus services.
  • By train We are 20 minutes walk from Lime Street station ' Liverpool's mainline railway station. James Street station, served by Wirral Line trains, is a two minute walk. Moorfields station, served by the Northern and Wirral Lines, is a five minute w

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Curated by Lou Stoppard and Adam Murray, North explores the way the North of England is depicted, constructed and celebrated in select photographs, artworks and fashion collections.


The show brings together collective visions of the North, unpicking the tropes and themes that appear regularly in design and media and takes into account the rich cultural history of the region.

The exhibition features work from some of fashion's most notable image-makers. Early photography by Jamie Hawkesworth and Alasdair McLellan, dating back to the first years of their careers, is shown alongside historic prints from Glen Luchford and Nick Knight. Original prints from Luchford's first ever shoot, a session with The Stone Roses for The Face in 1989, will be on display. Additionally, work by contemporary artists such as Turner Prize winners Mark Leckey and Jeremy Deller will be exhibited.

Fashion garments include a Raf Simons parka from the renowned A/W 2003 Control collection, which featured graphics from Peter Saville's archive and made headlines this year for its current value of $20,000. Work by respected but now defunct label New Power Studio, one of the original recipients of Fashion East's MAN award, will be displayed alongside new work by rising talents such as Christopher Shannon and John Skelton. Iconic archive shoes by adidas, a staple of Northern style, will also be on show.

New collaborative work, such as a project by Hacienda designer Ben Kelly and American fashion designer Virgil Abloh, who is a long term fan of the sounds and graphics of 1980s Northern England, will also be on display.

Presented are candid interviews produced by SHOWstudio, talking with talents born and bred in the North, exploring the influence of the region on visual style. Subjects include Simon Foxton, Stephen Jones, Claire Barrow and Christopher Shannon.

Featured artists are Alasdair McLellan, Glen Luchford, Corinne Day, David Sims, Jamie Hawkesworth, Jason Evans, Alice Hawkins, Mark Leckey, Jeremy Deller, Raf Simons, Paul Smith, Virgil Abloh, New Power Studio, adidas, Elaine Constantine, Christopher Shannon, Maxwell Sterling, Simon Foxton, Ben Kelly, Stephen Jones, Gareth Pugh, Nick Knight, Peter Saville, John Bulmer, Peter Mitchell, Nik Hartley, Claire Barrow, Humphrey Spender, Thom Murphy, Ewen Spencer, Brett Dee, Humphrey Jennings, Dave Turner, Rob Williams, David Ellison, Scott King, Shirley Baker, Greg Leach, John Davies, John Stoddart, Martin Roberts, Michael Robinson, Michelle Sank, Paul O’Donnell, Stephen McCoy, Tom Wood, John Skelton.

The exhibition is kindly supported by adidas.


Lou Stoppard

Adam Murray

Exhibiting artists

John Skelton

Brett Dee

Scott King

Elaine Constantine

Mark Leckey

Paul Smith

Maxwell Sterling

Jason Evans

Thom Murphy

Paul O’Donnell

Dave Turner

Peter Mitchell

Stephen Jones

Humphrey Jennings

Nik Hartley

David Sims


Stephen McCoy

Rob Williams

Humphrey Spender

Gareth Pugh

John Davies

Michael Robinson

John Stoddart

Alasdair McLellan

New Power Studio

Shirley Baker

John Bulmer

Glen Luchford

Greg Leach

Martin Roberts

Christopher Shannon

Peter Saville

Simon Foxton

Jeremy Deller

Jamie Hawkesworth

David Ellison

Ben Kelly

Ben Kelly

Ewen Spencer

Corinne Day

Nick Knight

Raf Simons

Michelle Sank

Virgil Abloh

Claire Barrow

Tom Wood

Alice Hawkins

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