It's Glam Up North

Curated by Rankin

25 September to 6 December 2015

This exhibition has closed

photo of 3 faces covered in colourful sequins and glitter

Glamortality, 2014 © Rankin

The Museum of Liverpool hosted this exhibition of works by some of the biggest names in art and design, curated by photographer Rankin. It's Glam Up North: Curated by Rankin featured two pieces of work by Rankin himself, as well as works by artists, filmmakers, graphics and fashion designers.  

The exhibition culminated in an online charity auction, with the deadline for bids at midnight on Saturday 21 November 2015. Proceeds from the auction supported the work of Claire House Children’s Hospice, a Merseyside based charity which provides care, support and choice for families whose children are not expected to live to adulthood.

view of artwork in the 'It's Glam Up North' exhibition

Claire House

Claire House children's hospice logo

Claire House Children’s Hospice offers care, support and choice to families whose children won’t live to be adults. 

Whilst the hospice building is located on the Wirral, Claire House aims to offer the very best care wherever and whenever a child and family needs it, whether they choose to come to the hospice or are looked after at home with our Hospice to Home Team. 

At Claire House, the focus is on not what we do, but why we do it. Our nurses take over for a couple of days so mum and dad can be parents, as opposed to carers 24/7. Our physiotherapists help children who are confined to a wheelchair most of their day, feel the freedom and movement of water in our specially adapted hydrotherapy pool. The play therapists do so much more than just playtime; they help our families create memories that will last a life time. And our Family Support Team are on hand to offer emotional support to families when the very worst happens, for as long as they need it. 

If you’d like to know more about the support offered by Claire House and if your family or a child you know could benefit from our care, please contact Claire House Children’s Hospice on 0151 334 4626 or visit the Claire House Children's Hospice website. 


Rankin is a patron of Claire House Children’s Hospice, having been introduced to their work during the run of his exhibition  ALIVE: In The Face of Death at the Walker Art Gallery in 2013.  

Read a transcript of this video.

Synonymous with compelling portraiture, Rankin is known for his ability to capture, create and unveil icons. Following the establishment of Dazed & Confused magazine with business partner Jefferson Hack in 1992, Rankin took his photography to the wider market, creating landmark editorial and advertising campaigns. His body of work features some of the most celebrated publications, biggest brands and pioneering charities, including Nike, Swatch, Dove, Pantene, Diageo, Women’s Aid, and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. He has shot covers for Elle, German Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Esquire and GQ. 


© Rankin Photography Ltd

His work has always endeavoured to question social norms and ideas of beauty.  Rankin is often seen as a celebrity photographer, however, his campaigns and projects featuring ‘real women’ marked him out as a genuinely passionate portrait photographer, no matter who the subject. He has stood out for his creative fearlessness and his first major worldwide and award-winning campaign – Dove’s ‘Real Women’ – epitomised his approach: to reveal the honesty of the connection and collaborative process between photographer and subject. Personal or commercial, Rankin’s images have become part of contemporary iconography, evidence of his frankness and passion for all aspects of modern culture, and its representation in the photographed image.  Rankin has published more than 30 books and is regularly exhibited in galleries around the world.  

"I’m pleased to support the work of Claire House Children’s Hospice, who do incredible work in Merseyside to support children and young people and their families.

I’m putting together a fantastic exhibition featuring works by some of the most creative people I know, and hopefully raising lots of money for the Hospice through the auction.

I’m touched by the artists’ support of the project and Claire House. Their works are perfect for displaying at the Museum of Liverpool, the most glamorous building on Liverpool’s waterfront." Rankin


Claire House video

Interviewer: What do you think life would be like if you didn't come to Claire House?

Boys at craft table: Sometimes, if you're with your parents all the time there can be a little bit of friction and stress.

Sometimes you just want to get away from each other.

Yeah. Give each other a break.

To be fair, a lot of lads our age wouldn't be hanging around with their mum and dad all the time. They'd be going out with their mates and stuff like that and this helps us.

Boy in playground: Claire House is a place where we come when we're a bit sad. I lost my brother to his battle of leukaemia. I'm going to play and show you how good Claire House is. 

This is the swing at Claire House. It's really fun to play on. I can do lots of things here in the Claire House hospice. 

Although Claire House might be sad at times, it can also be a very fun place. It's really fun up here [standing at the top of the slide]. We've got lots to do, lots of things. And, even better, go down slides. Whee!

Rankin interview

Rankin: I was introduced to Claire House through the Walker Gallery in Liverpool when I was doing a project called 'Alive: in the face of death', which was a documentary and photographic show about people that were terminally ill. Because I was doing the show in Liverpool, they said 'You've got to work with this charity hospice called Claire House because what they do there is incredible and the kids that go there are just amazing.'

So I went along, met the people at Claire House. I walked in, I thought I was going to walk into this crazy, depressing hospice, and it was like walking into the most wonderfully positive, really warm, really welcoming atmosphere. The kids were just amazing, they blew me away.

So obviously when you're up there you ask a few questions and I was asking them 'How are you funded?' and they said 'Well, we're self funded.' I was so shocked that they were self funded and weren't given any government support at all that I said 'If there's anything I can do to help, I'm around, I'm always available and I'm always happy to get involved.'

Then last year they came to me and said 'We've got this opportunity, we can do an auction and exhibition.' We came up with a theme which I thought was a really positive theme called 'It's Glam up North', which was a twist on the expression 'It's grim up North'. Having lived in the North, I was from Yorkshire originally, I loved it. I loved the people, I loved the way that people were funny about everything, had a  sense of humour, had a really good, very down to earth attitude towards the world.

I just thought it was a really nice twist to come up with a theme that was funny and also I think that was a really good reflection on what the charity do, because they put a bit of sparkle into people's lives that are difficult.

Once we got the theme we started sending out letters asking people, mainly northern artists and graphic designers initially if they'd be into it and we got an overwhelmingly positive response from people and we've got a really great, ecletic collection of work here.

So if you get a chance, come down and see the show. The auction's in November and all the money raised will go to help Claire House.