‘Beehives, Bobs and Blow-dries’ – the countdown has begun!

In one year’s time, an exhibition dedicated to the history of hairdressing and the design of hairstyling, created by renowned celebrity hairdresser, and SLB client, Andrew Barton, is set to tour the world, making its international debut in Yorkshire.

The Civic, Barnsley announced earlier this week that it will become the first venue to host this interactive and sensory exhibition, created in partnership with their very own academic, Donna Bevan, and the curator of visual arts for the Hull UK City of Culture 2017, David Sinclair.

Through this unique collaboration, the exhibition will integrate the key innovations in the hair industry, salon environments, technological breakthroughs and the influence of popular culture.

Entitled ‘Beehives, Bobs and Blow-dries’, this multimedia exhibition celebrates the creation of iconic hairstyles and showcases hair artistry, while also charting the cultural and economic shifts which have influenced significant hairstyles since the 1950s, with the hairdressing salon being the pillar of the community.

Andrew says, “Hair is often the forgotten link when it comes to charting cultural changes in fashion and I have been thinking about how it could be recognised and globally appreciated for all it’s worth for a number of years. In this hair focused exhibition we have decided to turn fashion on its head.”

David says, “I am thrilled that we have been able to create a partnership with Andrew on this subject. The exhibition takes visitors on a fascinating hair journey throughout the gallery space, bringing to life how hair fashion has been shaped by revolutionary techniques and innovations all related to hair.”

Helen Ball, CEO of The Civic, Barnsley said, “The Civic, Barnsley is proud to host ‘Beehives, Bobs and Blow-dries’. The scale and significance of the exhibition sits with our charity’s ambitious plans, which we will launch this spring, to position Barnsley as a world-class destination for culture and the arts.”

Using archival material, trends and influences are explored and the advancement of hairdressing charted, along with the importance of hairdressers in a community and the meaning of hair as a form of self-expression.

In celebration of the exhibition opening, the Civic, Barnsley will host a dedicated fundraising dinner to support The Princes Trust, of which Andrew is one of their Celebrity Ambassadors, along with various local initiatives.

The exhibition will open on 17th February and will run until 7th April 2018.