© Alice Hawkins featuring Abbey Clancey, from the series ‘The Liver Birds'
Wed 10 Jan 2018

North: Up Close & Personal, on Process & Influence

Wed 10 Jan 2018
19.00 - 20.30
£8.00 - £15.00

Standard £10.00 (£15.00 with exhibition entry)

Concession £8.00 (£12.00 with exhibition entry)

Screening Room
South Wing

Matthew Whitehouse, Arts and Culture Editor at i-D and self-confessed northern negotiator, chairs a discussion with featured photographers Alice Hawkins and Ken Grant.

As part of a series of events exploring the identities, truths and myths exhibited in North: Fashioning Identity this talk sees two photographers discuss their contrasting experiences, anecdotes on action shots and impact on shaping industry and pre-conceived identities.

Ken Grant’s celebrated 1980’s images of Liverpool’s football fans either side of the Stanley park divide capture the highs and lows of football fandom within the wider social context of the time. These black and white shots capture the famed humour, grit and elan of Merseyside and the roots of “Casual’’ culture, a scene formed in the North that remains a source of inspiration to the fashion and style industry today. Having focused on the trade and tradition of northern England for more than three decades Grant’s work is an authentic record of the changing face of Liverpool life.

Alice Hawkins’ work presents a different side of image-making, her uncanny cinematic photos are a celebration of the posed and the preened. Presented in technicolour and ever present in the pages of Vogue, Garage and POP magazines her work plays with preconceptions of identity, place and nostalgia. Through juxtaposing the domestic and every day with luxury fashion and glossy styling Hawkins’ humourous shoots bring out a dark side in her subjects, challenging the viewer to look beyond the brands.

The two photographers will discuss their process and practice in a conversation chaired by Matthew Whitehouse, Arts and Culture Editor at i-D magazine. Matthew reveals his own insights on why ‘The North’ sells magazines, whilst exploring and unpicking the photographed worlds both constructed and captured, subjects found and fashioned. This one-off evening event will look at deconstructing the myth and truth of “The North” and the world behind and beyond the camera’s lens.


Matthew Whitehouse: Arts & Culture Editor at i-D / self-confessed North enthusiast
Matthew Whitehouse is Arts and Culture Editor at i-D Magazine. Born in Morecambe, Lancashire, he previously worked as an ice cream man and was named the North West's Under 21 Fastest Soft Serve Pourer between 2008 and 2009. 

Alice Hawkins: Photographer / Exhibitor
Alice Hawkins is a photographer, working across fashion and portraiture she graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 2002 and promptly began to garner recognition for her bold and provocative work. Aiming to give her subjects ‘a platform to speak to the world’ she has shot the likes of Donatella Versace, Marilyn Manson and Kanye West for publications such as 'POP', 'LOVE', 'i-D', 'Ponystep', 'Garage' and 'Vogue'.

Ken Grant: Photographer / Exhibitor
Ken Grant was born in Liverpool in 1967. Since the 1980's he has photographed in the city and engaged in sustained projects both in the UK and wider Europe. A monograph of the Liverpool pictures, The Close Season, was published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in 2002. He continues to work on long term projects. Ken Grant's photographs are held in important collections of photography, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Folkwang Museum Essen and other international public and private collections.

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