Manchester Art Gallery

Shirley Baker: Women and Children; and Loitering Men

Baker's photography documented the poverty and resilience of communities under siege while conveying her compassionate affection, empathy and indignation for the plight of her subjects.

Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 19 May 2017–Monday 28 August 2017

Free

Pioneering British photographer Shirley Baker (1932-2014) is thought to be the only woman practicing street photography in Britain during the post-war era. Baker’s humanist documentary work received little attention throughout her sixty-five years career. This exhibition includes previously unseen colour photographs by Baker alongside black and white images and ephemera such as magazine spreads, contact sheets and various sketches. It specifically focuses on her depictions of the urban clearance programmes of inner city Manchester and Salford. This intense period of study, spanning from 1961 – 1981, documents what Baker saw as the needless destruction of working class communities.

Her photographs testify to the poverty and resilience of communities under siege. In examining these street scenes, the exhibition aims to highlight Baker’s appreciation of alternate values and life experiences found in this community while conveying her compassionate affection, empathy and indignation for the plight of her subjects.

Events

Tour in British Sign Language

Sunday 11 June 3pm-4pm
Free, no need to book

Love on the Dole

Thursday 16 June 6.30pm-8.30pm
Screening of the classic film, set in Salford, starring Deborah Kerr.
Free admission, book tickets here

Curator’s tour with Anna Douglas

Wednesday 21 June 1pm-1.45pm
Free, no need to book

This is Us

Thursday 22 June 5.30pm-8.30pm
Join our Age Friendly Collective for an evening of art, conversations, music and games inspired by Shirley Baker’s photographs of Manchester from 1960-80. Includes a tour with curator Anna Douglas.
Free, no need to book

That was then, this is now

Thursday 29 June 7pm-8pm
Join former residents of Shirley Baker’s Salford and Manchester in conversation with curator Anna Douglas and social historian Penny Tinkler from the University of Manchester.
Free, no need to book

Curator’s tour with Anna Douglas

Sunday 2 July 3pm-4pm
Free, no need to book

Tour in British Sign Language

Sunday 9 July 3pm-4pm
Free, no need to book

Record your Memories

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July 10am-5pm
Inspired by Shirley Baker’s photographs? Discuss and record your  own memories in our recording booth. These recordings may contribute to the exhibition’s audio guide.
Drop in throughout the day

Making Conversation workshop for adults

Thursday 17 August 1pm-4pm
Free, no need to book


The exhibition is a collaboration with The Photographer’s Gallery, London.

 

Heritage Lottery Funded      University of Manchester      &Some      The Photographer's Gallery

 

Image
Shirley Baker Hulme, July 1965 (detail)
© Shirley Baker Estate

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