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These Northern Types Exhibition

These Northern Types Exhibition
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6 Dec 2017 - 25 Jan 2018

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Left Bank Leeds

Cardigan Rd (opposite Milfords), Leeds, LS6 1LJ

These Northern Types is an exploration of what Northern Identity means today. Oli Bentley of Split Design, and his team of artists, writers, poets, academics and philosophers are on a year-long journey to understand what makes us who we are and how our relationship to place affects our identity.

Unwilling to simply take the old clichés as read, These Northern Types gets under the skin of our northern identity in an increasingly globalised community. Examining our culture, our rituals, our myths and our truths: from the origin of our famous Yorkshire grit, making do and mending, and our love affair with chip shop gravy (or curry sauce). Looking at the potential a strong sense of regional identity has in creating cultural division, and if, in an age of ever-easier access to global travel, communication and information, where we live even matters all that much anymore.

Oli and his team have been working with community groups, industry leaders, metal workers, manufacturers, students and others to create a series of typographic artworks which explore the contrasts and contradictions within our identity. The collection of works combine the art of typography with a mix of traditional and experimental production methods, celebrating the North as a place where ‘stuff gets made’.

The exhibition at Left Bank is the first instalment from this year long project,  that will conclude with a full exhibition and book publication in the summer of 2018

The exhibition will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-4pm throughout December and January at Left Bank Leeds. The Opening Night is on Thursday 7 Dec, 6-9pm with a talk by Oli Bentley at 7pm. 

This exhibition is free to attend but to attend the opening night please register via Eventbrite: 


A panel discussion on the evening of Thursday 11 Jan will explore some of the topics raised within this project including identity, place and social division. An additional two pieces will be on display this evening, including The Cross – a large scale piece dealing with perceptions of the St George’s Cross and the fact that 25% of the UK population see it as a symbol of racism.  To register to attend the Panel Discussion please see Eventbrite.

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Tickets are required for opening night and the panel discussion


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