Rankin agrees that it's glam up North!

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Leading artists feature in exhibition and charity auction at the Museum of Liverpool

From 25 September to 6 December 2015, the Museum of Liverpool will host an 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 features two pieces of work by Rankin himself, as well as works by artists, filmmakers, graphics and fashion designers.  The exhibition culminates in a charity auction on Saturday 21 November 2015 on behalf of Claire House Children’s Hospice, which provides care, support and choice for families whose children aren’t expected to live to adulthood. 

Rankin is a patron of the Merseyside based charity, 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.

On It’s Glam Up North… Rankin said:

“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.”

Some of those featured in the exhibition and auction include:

•Martin Creed - winner of the 2001 Turner Prize with Work No. 227: The lights going on and off.

•Peter Saville - as director of Factory Records he designed iconic record sleeves for bands including Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, as well as Liverpool’s Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. He has collaborated with artist Anna Blessmann for the piece included in this exhibition.

•Nick Park CBE - director, writer and animator, he is best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.

•Mark Farrow - named 2004 Designer of the Year in the Creative Review Peer Poll, he has worked with many musicians including Pet Shop Boys, Manic Street Preachers and Kylie Minogue.

•Keith Coventry - artist and winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2010.

•Sue Webster - artist who has exhibited worldwide in solo shows and alongside Tim Noble.

 •Paul Fryer - artist who has exhibited worldwide and whose mixed media work includes painting, sculpture, photography and light installations.

•Adam Hayes - artist, illustrator and designer, renowned for his hand rendered typography, intricate and imaginative maps and detailed line drawings.

•Scott King - artist and former Art Director of i-D and Creative Director of Sleazenation magazines.

Other items include a specially designed Burberry trenchcoat by Christopher Bailey and a copy of Vivienne Westwood’s oversized limited edition book Opus. Milliner to the stars and Cheshire-born Stephen Jones has donated a hat.

Janet Dugdale, Director of the Museum of Liverpool, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Rankin and that the Museum of Liverpool is to host It’s Glam Up North: Curated by Rankin. Claire House Children’s Hospice is National Museums Liverpool’s chosen charity, last year we hosted 40,000 rubber ducks in the Museum of Liverpool’s Atrium, before setting off on the Liverpool Duck Race. We’re really looking forward to seeing the works on display, and excited about the Gala Auction at the end of it all.”

Head of Corporate, Community and Events Fundraising at Claire House, Kirsty Simpson said:

“It’s Glam Up North: Curated by Rankin is an inspirational collaboration that Claire House is proud and honoured to be associated with. Rankin’s valued support and commitment to the charity continues to help raise money for local families. Attending the exhibition is a must. We’ll be confirming more exhibitors in the coming weeks, so put the auction date in your diary.”

Visit liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/glamupnorth

Notes to editors

Claire House

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.


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.

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 over 30 books and is regularly exhibited in galleries around the world.

Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool is the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century, demonstrating Liverpool’s unique contribution to the world. Opened in July 2011, it attracted more than 2 million visitors in its first year, and is the first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city. It showcases popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues and is a fantastic, free family day out.

The Museum has received generous support from several major funders, along with grants from trusts and foundations, corporate support and individual donations. Major funders include the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS)

The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) was responsible for the sustainable economic development and regeneration of England’s Northwest and had five key priorities: Business, Skills and Education, People and Jobs, Infrastructure and Quality of Life.

The European Development Fund (ERDF) is making a real difference to people and businesses in the North West. With €755 million to invest between 2007 and 2013, ERDF is enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in enterprise and employment. ERDF in the North West is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government – for further information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf.

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported more than 30,000 projects allocating £4.5billion across the UK.  www.hlf.org.uk

About National Museums Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues, including some of the most visited museums in England outside of London. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract nearly 2.7 million visitors every year. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool,  World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Border Force National Museum, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.