Exhibition | British Culture Archive at The Social.

DEBUT EXHIBITION: BRITISH CULTURE ARCHIVE AT THE SOCIAL

Our first exhibition comes to the iconic Little Portland Street venue on Friday 15th November and will be showing until the end of December.

“Britain is a cultural melting pot influenced by other nations. We take a look back at everyday life growing up in our towns and communities. The music, fashion, politics and passions that defined and united us through good times and bad times.” Paul Wright – founder (British Culture Archive/The People’s Archive)

The exhibiton will include a selection of work from our featured photographers incuding:

Tish Murtha – Newcastle, 1970s.

Patricia Anne ‘Tish’ Murtha (14th March 1956 – 13th March 2013) 

Tish Murtha’s work documenting the marginalised communities of Newcastle’s West End in the 70s and 80s has now been recognised as some of the most powerful images of British social photography of the last 50 years.

Not only do the images capture the everyday lives of people living in an area hit hard by industrial decline, they also document a sense of strong community spirit and childhood freedom that has been lost in recent times.

Tish had a passion for social justice and believed photography could change lives for the better, sadly she passed away of a brain aneurysm in 2013 the day before her 57th birthday.

Since her mothers death Tish’s daughter Ella has worked tirelessly to bring Tish’s archive together and get it out into the world. Tish’s work has since been published in a number of publications and been showcased around the world, finally getting the recognition it deserves. 

Youth Unemployment (1981) Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.

Rob Bremner – Merseyside, 1980s-90s.

Rob Bremner (b-1964) is a British social and documentary photographer born in Wick, Scotland.

Leaving Scotland to study in Wallasey Rob became acquainted with celebrated photographer’s Tom Wood (who was teaching at his college) and Martin Parr, who lived nearby. He would help out in Tom’s darkroom and spend his weekends following Tom and Martin around the faded resort of New Brighton as they documented the area.

Rob was later accepted on to David Hurn’s School of Documentary Photography in Newport. It was around this time he started to photograph the Everton and Vauxhall areas of Liverpool, then the third most deprived area of Britain with the highest rate of arson in Europe.

Rob Bremner’s photos captured the mood of these times, but also the everyday life, friendly faces and local characters who were proud of their city and the communities they belonged to.

Liverpool, 1980s. Photo © Rob Bremner

Richard Davis – Hulme, 1980s-90s.

Richard Davis (b-1965) is a British social documentary and portrait photographer.

Richard created an important body of work documenting his surroundings whilst a resident of Hulme, a working class inner-city district of Manchester in the late 80s and early 90s. Built after the slum clearances of the 1960s, Hulme was made up of concrete walkways, maisonettes and large concrete crescents loosely inspired by the architecture of Georgian Bath.

During the period Richard was living in Hulme the area was left largely abandoned by the council (the council stopped taking rent in 1984) and began to fall into disrepair. Around this time it became its own self contained universe – a multicultural and diverse utopia consisting of long term residents, artists, ravers, drop outs and punks. 

This version of Hulme no longer exists, the crescents and surrounding flats were eventually bulldozed in 1994 and a massive regeneration of the area began. 

Hulme, Manchester c.late 80s. Photo © Richard Davis.

The People’s Archive – Various 1960s-90s.

The People’s Archive is our ongoing project and archive documenting the publics images of everyday life, working class society and culture in the UK. 

The images highlight real life as it was for many of us growing up in a time before the days of smart phones and social media.

The images featured are a small selection from our archive.

Killingworth, 1990s. Photo © The People’s Archive

The exhibition opens to the public on the 15th November with a private viewing and party on the 14th.

For all information and press about British Culture Archive please contact paul@britishculturearchive.co.uk

For all information on The Social, entry to the private view or anything else drop carl@thesocial.com a line.

2019 © British Culture Archive / The People’s Archive

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