British Culture Archive Presents: The People's City - A Celebration of Life in the North West during the 1980s-90s.

 The Refuge, Manchester | January, 2020 – January, 2021.

“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 exhibition will include a selection of work from our featured photographers below.

Temperance Club at The Hacienda, 1990.
Temperance Club at The Haçienda, 1990. Photo © Peter J Walsh.

Peter J Walsh

Peter was immersed in Manchester’s club scene and was one of few who documented the UK’s Acid House explosion in the city. As well as his iconic images of Manchester’s Hacienda nightclub Peter also captured the spirit of the era as well as the faces, bands and fashions that graced the city during those pivotal years.

The PSV Caribbean Club, 1990.
The PSV Club/Charles Barry Crescent. Hulme, 1990. Photo © Richard Davis.

Richard Davis

Richard created an important body of work documenting his surroundings whilst a resident of Hulme in the late 80s and early 90s. Built after the slum clearances of the 1960s, Hulme was a concrete utopia made up of walkways, maisonettes, shops and a library. The area was dominated by the four brutalist crescents named after the architects Robert Adam, Charles Barry, John Nash and William Kent.

Johnny and Pat, Vauxhall, 1987.
Johnny and Pat. Vauxhall, Liverpool, 1987. Photo © Rob Bremner.

Rob Bremner

Rob Bremner 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.

Gallery

British Culture Archive Exhibition Manchester Rob Bremner
The People's City Exhibition Poster.

Photo © Rob Bremner.
British Culture Archive Founder Paul Wright
British Culture Archive Founder and Curator Paul Wright

Photo © Luke Unabomber.
British Culture Archive Beermat The People's City
British Culture Archive Exhibition Beermat For The People's City.
Luke Unabomber Granada ITV BCA
Luke Unabomber Granada ITV Feature

Photo © Paul Wright.
Photogprahers Richard Davis Peter Walsh and Luke Unabomber and Paul Wright British Culture Archive
Photographers Richard Davis and Peter Walsh with Luke Unabomber and Paul Wright.
British Culture Archive Tom Oxley and Paul Wright
The People's City Launch Party, 2020.
The People's City Launch Party, 2020.
The People's City Launch Party, 2020.
British Culture Archive Exhibition Manchester, 2020.
The People's City Launch Party, 2020.
The People's City Launch Party, 2020.
British Culture Archive Founder Paul Wright and Poet Tony Walsh
British Culture Archive Founder Paul Wright and Poet Tony Walsh.

Photo © Richard Davis.
British Culture Archive The People's City Exhibition
The People's City Launch Party, 2020.
British Culture Archive Founder Paul Wright and Luke Unabomber
British Culture Archive Founder Paul Wright and Luke Unabomber
British Culture Archive Logo
The People’s City, Manchester.
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