The British Culture Archive, a non-profit organisation highlighting the changing face of British society and culture through photography, is bringing a new exhibition celebrating the history of Northern life to Oxford Road venue The Refuge. The collaboration will feature a selection of stunning photographs that capture the very essence of what made Britain one of the world’s most culturally diverse countries from the 1960’s onwards. Curated by the British Culture Archive and The People’s Archive founder Paul Wright, The People’s City will be on display at The Refuge until Spring 2020 and feature photography work from Hulme’s social documentary and portrait photographer Richard Davis, Merseyside photographer Rob Bremner and various pictures submitted by people from all across the North West via The People’s Archive. The exhibition’s work will feature a strong Northern focus, from the sweaty raves of ‘Madchester’ to the hardy characters of Liverpool’s Vauxhall and depictions of Hulme’s creative counter-culture. To kick-off the nostalgia, the exhibition will begin with a ‘Proper Party’ – featuring guest DJs including Luke Unabomber, Paul Wright, founder of Proper Magazine Neil Summers, filmmaker Glenn Kitson and Abigail Ward, co-founder of Manchester Digital Music Archive to name just a few. The fun starts at 5pm on Thursday 30 January and there will also be pop-up shop selling posters and books on the night. Following their ‘Proper Party’, the exhibition will be available to visit until Spring and is currently Crowdfunding to source funds to secure a permanent home.

Thu 30 Jan, The Refuge,
Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA
, Tel: 0161 288 1111, Free
Catrin Donnelly
Published on:
Mon 27 Jan 2020