These Northern Types: Panel Discussion @ Left Bank Leeds, Leeds [11 January]

These Northern Types: Panel Discussion

19:00 - 21:00

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Left Bank Leeds
Cardigan Road, LS6 1LJ Leeds

What does it mean to be a Northerner in a globalised world? Where the's muck, is the' still brass? Is making do and mending consigned to the history books? Join us for a panel discussion and Q & A around the topics raised within the project, These Northern Types, including identity, place and social division.

Plus, additional works on display for one night only.

It is free but please do register to attend.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.


* Dr. Katy Wright: Lecturer in Sociology & Social Policy at University of Leeds

* Phil Kirby: Editor of The Culture Vultures

*Jack Simpson: Founder of The State of The Arts; Hyde Park Book Club and Eiger Studios.

*Daniel Chapman: Journalist and Writer of the Leeds United fanzine The Square Ball


These Northern Types is an exploration of what Northern Identity means today. Oli Bentley, Director 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 are 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 is free to attend. It will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-4pm throughout December and January.
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