Arts Council Collection


2007 - No Such Thing as Society

© the artists. Installation view Laing Art Gallery

No Such Thing As Society: Photography in Britain 1967-1987

Touring exhibition
2008 to Jan 2010.
Curated by David Allan Mellor, Professor of Art history at the University of Sussex, No Such Thing as Society documented British photography from the 1960s to the late 1980s. Drawing on the collections of the Arts Council and British Council, it gave a radically new picture of these turbulent decades.
The early 1970s saw the emergance of new approaches to photography, which focused on social realism. For example, Tony Ray-Jones captured the comedies of social class and human behaviour within the constraints of British culture. The human cost of de-industrialisation in the late 1970s and the 1980s were central themes of documentary photographers of the period and are demonstrated by the work of Chris Kilip and Paul Graham. The social disasters captured in their work contrasted sharply with Martin Parr's colour photographs of holiday makers in New Brighton.
Tour details
Aberystwyth Art Gallery, Aberystwyth (15 Mar - 27 Apr 2008)
Tullie House, Carlisle (10 May - 13 Jul 2008)
Art Gallery, Leeds (19 Jul - 31 Aug 2008)
The Exchange, Penzance (12 Sep - 1 Nov 2008)
Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (Poland) (14 Nov 2008 - 4 Jan 2009)
Arbetets Museum, Norrkoping (Sweden) (31 Jan - 31 May 2009)
National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff (4 Jul - 4 Oct 2009)
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle (31 Oct 2009 - 24 Mar 2010)