These Northern Types
23 August - 15 September 2018
These Northern Types is a typographic exploration of Northern identity, bringing together type design, experimental production methods, public engagement, and written word by local writers, poets, academics and musicians to ask some big, sometimes awkward questions about the essence of what it is to be ‘a Northerner‘.
In an age of ever-easier access to global travel, communication and information, does where we live even matter all that much any more?
Exhibition & Book Launch
The culmination of 18 months’ work, this exhibition brings together the full collection of works and writing, and coincides with the launch of the ‘These Northern Types‘ book. The exhibition will be on display in the gallery and at our Munro House neighbours, Colours May Vary, between 23 August and 15 September 2018. The book will launch on 24 August at 6pm, all are welcome.
The book launch party will feature DJs from The Leaf Label, £1 drinks from North Brew Co (first come first served!) and printing on the giant #PeoplePoweredPress!
Please register for free online, just so we know numbers and don’t run out of beer!
The work, by Oli Bentley, creative director of Split, features prints in chip shop gravy (and curry sauce); a giant stick of seaside rock; printing on life jackets used by migrants making the crossing from Africa to Greece; an application to trademark The North, and the creation of (probably) the largest letterpress printing press in the world, the #PeoplePoweredPress.
The book will feature the artworks from the project, alongside writing from local authors, poets, academics and musicians in 17 individual books, housed in a die-cut black box, with black foil. The covers of the individual book feature a range of paper stocks, and print finishing techniques: from metallic foils and fluorescent gradients, to translucent covers and patriotic belly bands (thanks to Fedrigoni Papers and Pressision, Leeds).
Split are a small creative-led design studio based in Leeds.