Upcoming exhibitions

Opening on 29 July 2021 A Woman’s Work, at Kimpton Clock Tower, Manchester, will feature iconic social documentary photography by Shirley Baker and Tish Murtha, two of the most pre-eminent British documentary photographers of the post war era. This exhibition will also feature photographs by Heidi Alexander taken in Stockport in the 70’s and Anne Worthington taken in East Manchester in the early 2000’s, and hopes to run for at least 6 weeks.

Past exhibitions

2020 How We Were by Shirley Baker – Museum of Youth Culture, London

2020 A Trip To The Beach, by Shirley Baker – The Photographers Gallery

2020 A Different Age by Shirley Baker – James Hyman Gallery

2020 Play Well – Group exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, three of Shirley Baker’s works are included

2019 Seaside – group exhibition at Turner Contemporary, Margate

2018 Shirley Baker: Manchester – Le Lavandou, Espace Culturel, Le Lavandou 83980, Var, South of France

2018 Shirley Baker: Personal Collection, Print Sales Gallery, The Photographers Gallery, London 

2018 North: Fashioning Identity – group exhibition of Northern artists at Somerset House, London

2018 Here We Are – group exhibition by Burberry, London, Hong Kong, Paris

2017 Airport ’87by Shirley Baker – Central Library, Manchester.

2017 Here We Are – group exhibition by Burberry, Old Sessions house, Clerkenwell, London.

2017 Women and Children; and Loitering Men by Shirley Baker – Manchester Art Gallery,

2017 On The Beach by Shirley Baker – Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

2017 North: Identity, Photography, Fashion – group exhibition of Northern artists, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool Waterfront

2016 Work, Rest & Play, by Shirley Baker – Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, China.

2016 Punk, by Shirley Baker – The Photographers’ Gallery, London

2016 Women, Children; and Loitering Men, by Shirley Baker – Madrid,

2016 On the Beach, by Shirley Baker – Photofusion, London

2015 Women and Children; and Loitering Men, by Shirley Baker – 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

2007: Louvre, Paris (Photographers Gallery)

2007: Myth of the North, Lowry, Salford

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

1997: Approaching Documentary: work of a Documentary Photography Archive. Viewpoint Gallery Salford

1996: Grazing – Photographs capturing the spirit of the street by Shirley Baker, Piece Hall, Halifax

1996: Manchester (Street Photographs) Photographers Gallery, London

1993: What’s age got to do with it? Cheshire Arts Services – Chester Cathedral and touring exhibition

1991: Grazing(London Street photographs): Cornerhouse, Manchester and touring exhibition

1989: Manchester Airport, Cornerhouse, Manchester

1989: Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital, Viewpoint Gallery, Salford 

1989: North West Frontiers, Cornerhouse, Manchester

1987: Arthur Anderson: Celebration 21 years in Manchester

1986: Here Yesterday Gone Today, (Street photographs manchester and Salford) A documentary photography archive exhibition supported by North West Arts. Opened at Salford Art Gallery, and toured nationally.

1986:  My Face or Yours, Cheshire Arts Services touring exhibition

1963: Nine Photographers, Manchester Design Centre, Manchester


11 December 2019: Talk at Tate Modern, London, “The Legacy of Shirley Baker” with Lou Stoppard, John van Aitken, Dr Sabina Jaskot-Gill

25 January 2020: Talk at Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds “Through the Eyes of Shirley Baker” with Lou Stoppard, Anna Douglas and Griselda Pollock