These Northern Types
23rd June 2018 @ 10:00 am - 22nd July 2018 @ 3:00 pm
What does it mean to be from the North, – or indeed from any place – in today’s globalised world? Where the’s muck is the’ still brass? Do we tolerate less bullsh*t than others? Has the St George’s Cross become a symbol of racism? Is making do and mending consigned to the history books? Where’s the line between being proud of where we’re from and making others feel excluded? Do you want gravy on your chips? …Or curry sauce?
These Northern Types is a year-long exploration of what Northern Identity is today. The work is created by Oli Bentley – creative director of Split – working alongside a team of writers, makers, printers, metal workers and engineers, sociologists, poets and musicians. Join us to see the project at its half way point with the opportunity to add your response to the works for inclusion in the final exhibition and book.
These Northern Types is a typographic exploration of Northern identity. We’re bringing together type design, experimental production methods, public engagement, and written word by local writers, poets, academics and musicians to ask some big, and sometimes awkward questions about who we are as Northerners.
A series of 15–20 artworks will examine aspects of how our culture is informed by where we live. From the origin of our famous Yorkshire grit, making do and mending and what we put on our chips; to the potential a strong sense of regional identity has in creating cultural divisions, and if – in an age of ever-easier access to global travel, communication and information – where we live even matters all that much any more.
Join us on Friday 22nd June 6-9pm for the opening with Trouble at Mill bar!