Craig Easton: Is Anybody Listening?

Craig Easton: Is Anybody Listening? is an exciting, new touring exhibition, presented by the University of Salford Art Collection. Bringing together two award-winning series of work from the University of Salford Alumnus, the exhibition seeks to challenge typical stereotypes of northern communities through authentic representation.

Easton won Photographer of the Year (2021) at the Sony World Photography Awards with his series Bank Top, a collaboration with writer, poet and social researcher Abdul Aziz Hafiz, examining the representation and misrepresentation of northern communities. Commissioned by Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, the work focused on a small, tight-knit community in Blackburn.  

He also took second place in the documentary category for Thatcher’s Children, which explores the inter-generational nature of poverty and economic hardship as experienced by three generations of one family across the North West.  

Images: Craig Easton, Bank Top, 2020. Courtesy the artist.

Easton often tackles stereotypes and responds to the negative way in which the mainstream media can portray Northern communities. The relevance of Easton’s work has resurfaced in a new light as communities endure the cost-of-living crisis and face new challenges and segregation. 

In addition to the tour and engagement programme the funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund will also enable key pieces of his work to enter the University of Salford Art Collection, as a permanent legacy of the project. 

The exhibition comes at the same time as the launch of Easton’s new book centred on his award-winning Thatcher’s Children series. Quotes from successive prime ministers demonstrate how deprivation is connected to the social policy failures of successive governments.

The exhibition and engagement programme launched on 12 January 2023 at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool and continues through to March 2024 at the following locations:

Open Eye Gallery


12 January 2023 – 26th February 2023

LeftCoast at Blackpool School of Arts


11 April 2023 – 31 May 2023

University of Salford Art Collection at New Adelphi


Thatcher’s Children, 11 September 2023 – 27 October 2023
Bank Top, 3 November 2023 – 22 December 2023

Williamson Art Gallery and Museum


25 January 2024 – 6 April 2024

Click here to visit the Williamson website.

Is Anybody Listening? Our Time, Our Place is presented by the University of Salford and generously supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.