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Beehives Bobs and Blow dries worldwide exhibition debuts in Barnsley

17 February – 7 April 2018

An exhibition dedicated to the history of hairdressing and the design of hair-styling is set to tour the world and will make its international debut in Yorkshire in February 2018.

The Civic in Barnsley, is delighted to announce that it is to become the first venue for people to view this fantastic, interactive and sensory exhibition created by renowned celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton in partnership with Donna Bevan, co-curator and fashion research consultant, and the curator of the Civic and now curator of visual arts for the Hull UK City of Culture 2017, David Sinclair.

Through this unique collaboration the exhibition will integrate the key innovations in the hair industry, salon environments, technological breakthroughs and the influence of popular culture.

Andrew Barton says: “Hair is often the forgotten link when it comes to charting cultural changes in fashion and I have been thinking about how it could be recognised and globally appreciated for all it’s worth for a number of years. In this hair focused exhibition we have decided to turn fashion on its head.

David Sinclair adds: “I am thrilled that we have been able to create a partnership with Andrew on this subject. The exhibition takes visitors on a fascinating hair journey throughout the gallery space, bringing to life how hair fashion has been shaped by revolutionary techniques and innovations all related to hair.

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Entitled “Beehives Bobs and Blow dries” this multimedia exhibition celebrates the creation of iconic hairstyles and showcases hair artistry. It will also chart the cultural and economic shifts which have influenced significant hair styles since the 1950s onwards and the hairdressing salon being the pillar of the community.

Using archival material, trends and influences are explored and the advancement of hairdressing charted along with the importance of hairdressers in a community and the meaning of hair as a form of self-expression.

Charting the advancements in design, evolution and technology the exhibition celebrates all things hair and gazes into the salon, its creativity and its future.

Spearheaded by celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton, who was born and bred in Barnsley, and is a patron of Yorkshire, the exhibition is a celebration of his outstanding contribution to the global hairdressing industry over three decades, winning numerous awards, mentoring talent and flying the British hairdressing flag around the world. Showcasing his iconic styles through a gallery of his back catalogue of imagery and iconic status as a celebrity hairdresser.

In celebration of the exhibition opening, the Civic is planning a dedicated fundraising dinner to support The Princes Trust charity of which Andrew is one of their Celebrity Ambassadors along with various local initiatives.


Andrew Barton

With over three decades of hairdressing experience Andrew is renowned as hairdressing royalty and holds a string of awards including British Hairdresser of The year and British Hair Icon.

Best known as the hairdresser expert from hit TV show “10 Years Younger”. Andrew as an extensive roster of creative collaborations including fashion, film, beauty, arts and celebrity.

One of the UK’s most celebrated hairdressing names Andrew’s work graces global magazines from cover to editorial, TV to print advertising and is on speed dial to the British beauty press for his hair authority.

The figurehead of his own hairdressing empire with an award winning hair care range Andrew is in demand. Creative Director for Urban Retreat at Harrods the world’s biggest hair and beauty destination Andrew leads the team’s creativity.

A voice for British hairdressing Andrew travels the world sharing his signature hair philosophy presenting hair education and works tirelessly to promote its export and nurturing young talent.

Beyond his high profile Andrew is actively altruistic and supports various charitable causes including The Princes Trust as a celebrity ambassador.


Is the Curator at The Civic, Barnsley, the first venue to host the exhibition.

Within this environment David has a reputation for curating and exhibiting contemporary Art, Design and Applied arts in the UK. Working in partnership and in collaboration with other regional and National and International Galleries.

David is currently leading the development of Hull City of culture 2017 as the curator for visual arts.


Is a leading fashion research consultant and has worked in the fashion/beauty industry as a collaborator on a diverse range of creative projects.

A course leader for BA Hons Fashion Journalism, she is a senior lecturer and has lectured at many academic institutions including London College of Fashion, Southampton University, Portsmouth University and Milan University.

As an adviser to the Fashion and Beauty industry and as fashion expert for the BBC for both TV and radio, she is also on the steering group and organiser of the annual Global Beauty conference. And currently co curating this exhibition as well as completing her PhD.

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A multi-purpose theatre and art gallery based in Barnsley, The Civic presents world-class accessible performances and exhibitions throughout the year, to audiences in the heart of South Yorkshire.

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