Hartlepool exhibition throws spotlight on Northern Soul

Brighouse 2013. Copyright Brian Cannon.
Brighouse 2013. Copyright Brian Cannon.

People can delve into the unique and vibrant Northern Soul scene in a world premiere exhibition at Hartlepool Art Gallery.

Northern Soul, the music and dance movement which emerged independently in Northern England, the Midlands, Scotland and Wales in the late 1960s from the British mod scene, will be the subject in a range of events in town early next year.

Northern Soul, which is again growing in popularity, mainly consists of a particular style of black American soul music based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of the mid-1960s Tamla Motown sound.

‘Northern Soul – A Photographic Journey’ runs at the gallery from Saturday, January 23, to Saturday, February 20, and is the latest long-term project by Wigan photographer Brian Cannon.

Brian has been creating music-related imagery professionally since 1988 and his notable past clients include Oasis and The Verve, for whom he produced all the record sleeves in the 1990s.

He continues to document the Northern Soul scene today in a geographically diverse, fly-on-the-wall manner.

Entry to the exhibition is free and the gallery – which is in Church Square – is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.

There is also a special private viewing of the exhibition for young people aged 13-19 on Thursday, February 4, from 7pm to 9pm.

They can find out about the Northern Soul youth movement, listen to the music, learn the dance moves and create their own album cover.

This free event is open to group bookings only – to book, email: rachael.garlick@hartlepool.gov.uk