Current exhibitions:


Airport ’87 by Shirley Baker

5 October 2017 – 6 January 2018

Manchester Central Library, Mon-Thurs 9am – 8pm; Fri & Sat 9am – 5pm (not Bank hols)

Curated by Max Bamber

A poignant look back at the passenger experience at Manchester Airport, as seen through the lens of Shirley Baker 30 years ago.


North: Fashioning Identity

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Curators Lou Stoppard and Adam Murray

Opens 8 November 2017 – 4 February 2018

Co-curated by Lou Stoppard and Adam Murray,  North: fashioning identity explores the contemporary artistic and stylistic representations of the north of England. It features contemporary photography, fashion and multimedia work, sitting alongside social documentary film. It features over 100 photographs, fashion garments and artworks including several street photographs by Shirley Baker.


‘Here We Are’ by Burberry which includes several Shirley Baker prints, is currently touring a condensed version to Hong Kong and then onto Paris in January of 2018. 


Past exhibitions:

2017 ‘Here We Are‘ hosted by Burberry, Old Sessions house, Clerkenwell, London.

2017 Women and Children; and Loitering Men, Manchester Art Gallery,

2017 On The Beach, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

2017 North: Identity, Photography, Fashion, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool Waterfront

2016 Work, Rest & Play, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, China.

2016 Punk, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

2016 Women, Children; and Loitering Men, Madrid,

2016 On the Beach, Photofusion, London

2015 Women and Children; and Loitering Men, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

2013 Looking Outwards, Gallery Oldham, Greater Manchester

2012: Observers: British Photography and the British Scene, Serviço Social da Indústria (SESI), São Paulo

2012: A Lowry Summer, The Lowry, Manchester

2012: Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

2011 Retrospective, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salford, Greater Manchester

2007: How We Are: Photographing Britain, Tate Britain, London

2000: Salford Revisited for the opening of the Lowry, Salford, Greater Manchester. Baker was the sole photographer twinning with artist LS Lowry – HRH The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

1996: Grazing – Photographs by Shirley Baker, Piece Hall, Halifax

1989: North West Frontiers, Cornerhouse, Manchester

1986: Here Yesterday, and Gone Today, Salford Art Gallery, Peel Park

1986  My Face or Yours, a touring exhibition

1963: Nine Photographers, Manchester Building and Design Centre, Manchester

Bakers work has also been shown in Paris at Le Louvre and a Portuguese gallery in Paris