An Exhibition of UK Rave Culture with Saatchi Gallery, Highsnobiety, WHP & size?

An exhibition of rave culture including photography, video, sculpture and trend-defining trainers courtesy of size?

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 12 March 2020

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Coming to the spiritual home of UK rave, Saatchi Gallery has created a special ‘art edit’ presented by lifestyle brand Highsnobiety, The Warehouse Project and British streetwear retailer, size?

The free immersive warehouse exhibition is open to all and will take place inside Depot at Mayfield, the current home of contemporary rave heroes WHP. 

The event follows Highsnobiety’s debut live show in Manchester, headlined by slowthai, Fredo and Mike Skinner in the same venue on Saturday 7th December. 

Featuring an array of photography, taking visitors on a journey from the Acid House days to The Hacienda, right to the movements and collectives keeping the legacy alive in Sweet Harmony Warehouse / Art Edit first exhibition.

Photo Credit: Ewen Spencer

There’s a particular focus on Manchester and other Northern powerhouses and will feature an array of photographs, video and sculpture all recovered from the golden era of British underground culture. 

To highlight the influence of rave culture on contemporary style trends, size? are curating an exploration of some of the scenes most iconic trainers. 

Photo Credit: Sebastian Matthes

Art contributions include the likes of Hacienda’s resident photographer Jon Shard, sculptor Conrad Shawcross and filmmaker/ art director Brian Cannon. There will also be photographers Elspeth Merry, Ewen Spencer and Al Brown who have captured some of the most iconic scenes in UK rave, including Hacienda, The Stone Roses at Spike Island, the style of Northern Soul and loads more. 

The exhibition is the first to begin in Saatchi Gallery and move outside of London and is set to be a landmark exhibition for all ages, housed in the spectacular Depot. 

The show opens exclusively to ticket holders of Highsnobiety Soundsystem x Warehouse Project on Saturday December 7th, followed by an opening to the general public on Sunday December 8th, running until Wednesday 11th.


Sweet Harmony Warehouse / Art Edit 

Where: Depot at Mayfield, Manchester
Date: 8th – 11th December 2020 
Time: 12- 8pm
Cost: FREE

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