School of Art

School of Art by Matthew Finn

To coincide with the release of Matthew Finn’s book, School of Art, Village is hosting an exhibition of the work.

The exhibition is on until July 3 and the book is available to order now from Stanley/Barker.

Portraits in the School of Art exhibition
Installation shot School of Art by Matthew Finn

A time of possibility

In 1997 ‘Cool Britannia’ was at its height.

Brit pop was flooding the airwaves, a new Labour government took power, and a sense of hope not felt for a generation was palpable.

Leeds-born photographer Finn was 24 and took a job at an art school in the outskirts of London.

Over the coming year he photographed the students and the environments, where these creative young individuals cultivated ideas and opinions.

He captured them making work they believed in while still adhering to the old traditions.

“It was last decade before cell phones and social media,” said Finn.

“We discussed, argued and tried things out, not because we were told to but be cause we wanted to. Everything seemed possible.”

School of Art exhibition
Installation shot School of Art by Matthew Finn

School of Art

The pictures taken by Finn during this time make up School of Art.

Village, Leeds, is hosting an exhibition of the work until July 3. Spectrum Photographic is the print sponsor.

The book is available to order now from Stanley/Barker.

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