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Research project: Collaborative Project: 'Show Me the Money! The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present'

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This project, a collaboration between staff at the Universities of Manchester, Southampton and Edinburgh and the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, is facilitated by £87,000 follow-on funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Project partners including Professor Nicky Marsh are curating an exhibition entitled ‘Show Me the Money! The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present', due to open at the NGCA in May/June 2014. The exhibition will illustrate how finance has been imagined in different historical moments and cultures. Its aim is to stimulate public debate about how high finance has become such a powerful and yet little understood force. The first exhibition to provide a broad historical overview of how the image of finance has changed over the last three centuries, ‘Show Me the Money' will tell this story through around 100 images, including paintings, photographs, adverts and prints. The exhibition will also include a number of recent works and new commissions by artists grappling with the problem of representing finance. Project collaborators will also produce an illustrated book to accompany the exhibition and are co-ordinating a public round table with leading figures from the world of the arts, journalism, academia, government and the finance industry. Following its run in Sunderland, ‘Show Me the Money' is expected to tour other venues in the UK and Europe.

There are two days of special events to accompany the national touring exhibition 'Show me the money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present’ at Chawton House Library, and to celebrate the decision of the Bank of England to depict Jane Austen on the £10 note.

The exhibition tells the visual history of finance from the 1700s to the contemporary. The project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Arts Council, with support from the University of Manchester, University of Edinburgh, and University of Southampton . The exhibition is part of a large gallery and museum partnership, opening at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in June 2014 before travelling to Hampshire later this year and then moving to an extended display at The People’s History Museum, Manchester in July 2015.

The work in Chawton House Library emphasises the critical but often overlooked role that women artists have played in telling the story of finance. Alongside familiar images by Hogarth and Gillray, and new research on the Austen family itself, the exhibition explores the work of a contemporary generation of women artists who are interested in what money itself is: the tension between its essential place in our social and collective lives and its fragile and ephemeral physical nature.

Show Me the Money: the Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present is shown in two parts concurrently, at Chawton House Library and the John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton where the exhibition runs from 7 October - 22 November 2014.

For further information contact Professor Nicky Marsh

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