These Northern Types is an exploration of contemporary northern identity by design studio Split. Through an exhibition and book of 16 works, the project asks what it means to be from the north – or indeed any place – in today’s globalised world.
From making possibly the world’s largest letterpress printing press, the People Powered Press (with a giant new type face cut from steel to match), and printing on life jackets used by migrants making the journey to Europe; to making inks from chip shop gravy powder and curry sauce and submitting an audacious application to trademark ‘The North’, These Northern Types is a thought-provoking and ambitious collection of works that simultaneously celebrates northern identity whilst asking probing questions about our relationship to place.
What does it mean to be from the north – or any place – in a globalised world? Where the’s muck, is the’ still brass? Do we tolerate less bullsh*t than others? Has the St George’s Cross become a symbol of racism? Is making do and mending consigned to the history books? Where’s the line between being proud of where we’re from and making others feel excluded? What are we forgetting? Who’s using our fondness for the north to their own ends? Do you want gravy on your chips? Or curry sauce?
Reflecting the history of a place where ‘stuff gets made’, the project will celebrate both traditional and experimental production methods. The final works will be accompanied by writing from local poets, writers, journalists, academics and musicians, alongside contributions from members of the public, all brought together in a publication and exhibition to be launched in the summer of 2018.
For a full list of the exhibitions, events and book launch, click here.