North: Fashioning Identity

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It’s time to cast your eyes away from the capital and turn your attention to our pals up North where it's not so grim after all. Those wind-swept, moor-filled climes have inspired some truly great photography, fashion and art – all of which will be on display in Somerset House’s ‘North: Fashioning Identity’. The exhibition features contemporary photography, fashion collections and multimedia artworks alongside social documentary film and photography, highlighting how the realities of northern English life in the 20th century continue to influence new generations of photographers, artists and designers. Over 100 photographs will be capturing collective visions of Northern England from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Brikenhead. 


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Wow, what an exhibit! 

My frame of reference for the North is what I know of the Manchester scene of the 80s and 90s, and I was not disappointed to see how the culture of the North over the years led to that. I was also interested to see how that impacted the way masculinity and femininity interplayed, and continue to do so, well into today's communities of the North. The actual setup of the exhibition was great: a series of themed rooms culminating in an interactive listening experience with testimonials from creatives of the North, speaking of their experiences and their seemingly love/hate relationships with the places that raised them.

I would highly recommend you check out this exhibit if it travels - I caught it on the last day but I'm hoping to see some of the photographs and art pieces again sometime - particularly the film and Shaun Ryder's family tree ;)


This exhibition looks at the way the North of England is visually represented through photography, music and fashion. Bringing together lots of artists that have been inspired by the area they live, they are showcasing the north through their eyes.

I really enjoyed the mix of contemporary with vintage, particularly looking at the fashion. As well as showing the clothing via people wearing them in photographs, they also had a lot of items on show.

The exhibition is on until February and there is an entrance fee of £7. If you go and visit now you could also enjoy a spot of ice-skating in the Somerset house courtyard.