Now, bare with me, I know a T-shirt exhibition doesn’t sound riveting, but really this is nothing to do with clothing and everything to do with illustration / graphic design. T-shirt design has played a huge role in our cultural psyche over the last 50 years since it was embraced by sub cultures far and wide. Hosted by The Civic, Barnsley, this exhibition runs from 23 June 2018 – 22 September 2018.
From the exhibition page:
“…an insight into the history and culture of the most ubiquitous, affordable and popular garment of the last 50 years. Over the years the t-shirt has as a means to broadcast social, musical and political passions and most recently become a creative tool for expressing innovative design.”
So, think less Fruit of the Loom, more political slogans, calls to arms, sub-cultural identity, and if that’s not piquing your interest then just go for the pretty images. The exhibition includes original T-shirts by Vivienne Westwood and Malcom McLaren in the 1970s as well as iconic designs from the archives of artists, musicians, collectors and designers. It is amazing how something so seemingly everyday and unimposing as a T-shirt can have such an impact and become so iconic and memorable. Who hasn’t walked down a street and squinted to try and work out what an eye catching T-shirt says. Who hasn’t then also sometimes wondered what that also says about the wearer.
The exhibition is part of the ‘Inspired by the Great Exhibition of the North‘, curated in collaboration with the Fashion and Textile Museum, London and Jenna Rossi-Camus. It is part of a range of exhibitions based across towns and cities across the North of England. The Great Exhibition of the North itself is based in Newcastle & Gateshead, featuring hundreds of art, music and cultural events and exhibitions.
Sadly there are not many photos available from the exhibition itself so you will just have to go and check it out for yourself if you are in the area…