Untameable: The Barry Hines Archive exhibition

21 October to 20 December 2019

Monday-Friday 9am to 7pm

Saturday 12pm to 6pm

Exhibition Gallery

Mezzanine Level

Western Bank Library

This exhibition is curated by artists Patrick Murphy and Anton Want, inspired by Barry Hines's writing and the contents of his archive held in the Special Collections at The University of Sheffield.

The artists have also worked closely with Dr David Forrest from the School of English whose work with Professor Sue Vice on Hines has drawn widely on the archive.

Hines was a man who wrote for and from his community, and unflinchingly chronicled the social injustices he witnessed: from the failure of the education system and lack of opportunity found in A Kestrel for a Knave, and the examination of land ownership and alienated labour in The Gamekeeper, to the devastating effect that Thatcherism had on Sheffield in Looks and Smiles, and the increasingly toxic climate of nuclear threat during the 1980s in Threads.

The project title highlights Hines's dogged determination over three decades to write about the changing personal and political landscapes of working-class life in South Yorkshire. Including reworkings of rare documents and material from the archive, this collection also illustrates the relevance of Hines's writing in the twenty-first century, as new political, cultural and social divides open up in Britain and beyond.

Photos from the launch event:

Dave Forrest at the launch event

Professor Brendan Stone talking at the launch event

Untameable launch event

Untameable launch event

Photos of the exhibition

Untameable exhibition

Untameable exhibition