An exhibition on UK rave and trainer culture is coming to abandoned train station Depot


Highsnobiety, The Warehouse Project and British streetwear retailer size? are teaming up with Saatchi Gallery to bring a very special ‘art edit’ of landmark UK rave exhibition Sweet Harmony to Manchester.

The show made its debut at London’s world-famous Saatchi Gallery this summer but has a particular focus on Manchester and the north as the heart of UK rave culture.

It features a wide range of photographs, video and sculpture inspired by – and recovered from – the golden era of British underground culture.

And size? will curate an exploration of some of the scene’s most iconic trainers in a segment unique to Manchester.

Contributions from Hacienda’s resident photographer Jon Shard, sculptor Conrad Shawcross, filmmaker/art director Brian Cannon, and photographers Elspeth Mary Moore, Ewen Spencer, Dave Swindells and Al Brown, capture some of the most iconic scenes of UK rave, including the Hacienda, The Stone Roses at Spike Island, the style of Northern Soul and satellite scenes in Salford, Luton, Leeds, Liverpool, and more.

Each pays particular attention to the ecstatic crowds at the heart of it all. There will also be art from Dominic from Luton, Jay Chow, James Alec Hardy, Lauren Jo Kelly, Sebastian Matthes and Thomas Watts with more to be announced.

Sweet Harmony will land at Depot, the new home of the Warehouse Project, next month following Highsnobiety Soundsystem’s debut live WHP show with Slowthai, Mike Skinner, Fredo, Children of Zeus and Flohio on Saturday 7th December.

The show is free to enter but registration is required. Ticket holders for the Saturday show will be given exclusive access ahead of the gig.

“We are delighted to take an exhibition that began at Saatchi Gallery outside of London for the first time,” said Philly Adams, Saatchi Gallery director and co-curator of Sweet Harmony.

“It makes absolute sense to bring Sweet Harmony to Manchester with so much history, and the city’s current prominent place in the rave culture scene.”


Sweet Harmony is open to the public from Sunday December 8th till Wednesday December 11th, 12pm – 8pm at Depot. Free.


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