Current exhibitions & events

Past exhibitions & events

2023  December 8-10  ManchesterModern: Past Present Future at Victoria Baths, Manchester

2023 December 7th, Screening of the film Shirley Baker: Life Through a Lens at Working Class Movement Library, Salford

2023 28 September to 1 October. Saatchi Gallery British Art Fair, Centre for British Photography booth.

2023 May 23rd, Northern premiere of the film Shirley Baker: Life Through a Lens at Manchester Art Gallery. Additional screening June 4th. MORE SCREENINGS PLANNED

2023 May 18th London premieres of the film Shirley Baker: Life Through a Lens at the Centre for British Photography, London. Additional screening May 24th. MORE SCREENINGS PLANNED

2023 Capturing The Modern Backdrop: Shirley Baker Photographing Salford. Featuring 15 works by Shirley Baker. Taking place at the Working Class Movement Library, Salford. 20th January – 21st April

2023 Inaugural exhibition at the new Centre for British Photography features a collection of exhibitions and photographers including Street Life – “Shirley Baker’s most celebrated works include her street scenes photographed around Manchester and Salford”. 26th January – 2rd April

2021 After Industry: Communities in Northern England 1960s-80s at Tate Britain, Spotlight exhibition till July 2022

2022 Postwar Modern at Barbican Art Gallery, London – 3 March – 26 June 2022

2021 For the Love of Dog, Pour L’amour du Chien at The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London – on now until 1 April 2022

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 ’87 by 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

Events / talks

14 April 2024: Burgh House, Hampstead, London. Nan Levy in conversation with James Hyman, Centre for British Photography

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

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