Last chance to see Portrait Youth photography exhibition

A free photography exhibition exploring the identities of Greater Manchester’s young people through style, fashion and dress ends later this week.

Portrait Youth runs until Friday 30 November, offering visitors to the library a chance to be transported into the lives of Manchester’s young people and their future aspirations.

Academics Jo Jenkinson, John Earnshaw and Zoë Hitchen have been working with young people to establish how clothing can be used as a catalyst for self-awareness and personal expression, capturing portraits of each participants’ identity.

Photographs from the Portrait Youth project have been on display at an exhibition at Manchester Central Library as part of the Design Manchester DM17 festival, with the exhibition being later extended into late November.

The exhibition features portraits of 14 members of the Manchester Youth Council (MYC) who attended interactive workshops hosted by the University in February. Participants were asked to style themselves using their own clothing or artefacts in a way that represented their identities and to reflect upon, and articulate, their current, past and future selves.

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant