North: Fashioning Identity Introduces New Artists

by SHOWstudio on 10 September 2019

The exhibition shows for the final time at The Civic, Barnsley.

The exhibition shows for the final time at The Civic, Barnsley.

Former SHOWstudio Editor Lou Stoppard and Adam Murray's exhibition, North: Fashioning Identity, examines visual representations of Northern England. The show includes photographs, artworks and fashion collections from the mid-twenty-first century up to the present day. North: Fashioning Identity both celebrates and challenges the styles and tropes of the region, illustrating its impact on creative practitioners, both locally and internationally.

In its third and final manifestation, North: Fashioning Identity puts the spotlight on South Yorkshire, touring to The Civic, Barnsley. Whilst displaying core material from the original exhibition, the show will now include new work from rising star and womenswear designer, Matty Bovan. Bovan began creating his knitted sculptural creations in the shed of his parents' home in York. The show will also bring a greater focus to the renowned photographer Alasdair McLellan, who hails from Doncaster and frequently revisits the surrounding sites for both fashion and documentary photography. McLellan's work is, like of many of his peers in the exhibition, a poignant expression of his own Northern identity.

North: Fashioning Identity runs from 14 September to 21 December 2019 at The Civic, Barnsley.

'Conisbrough', 2012, Alasdair McLellan
'Matty Bovan Beautiful Teddy Zine', 2019, Bryony Walsh
'Preston Bus Station', 2015, Jamie Hawkesworth
'A Topical Times For These Times', circa.1980, Ken Grant



Essay: The Constructed North

04 November 2015
North: Adam Murray on the presentation of the North of England in fashion imagery.

Video Portrait: Alasdair McLellan

20 December 2009
Photographer Alasdair McLellan; one of 200 cultural icons captured by Nick Knight for the 30th anniversary issue of i-D magazine.
Live Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion: Matty Bovan S/S 19 Womenswear

14 September 2018
Lara Johnson-Wheeler is joined by Zooey Gleaves, Isabella Boreman, Paul Flynn and Andrew Davis to analyse the Matty Bovan S/S 19 show.