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Industry leaders sponsor new Hair exhibition in Barnsley

New sponsors have been announced for the latest exhibition at the Civic in Barnsley. The Civic are delighted to have the support from industry leaders with official hair sponsors L’Oréal Professionnel.

Beehives Bobs and Blowdries is a unique worldwide exhibition debuting in Barnsley, hometown of its co-curator Andrew Barton. This first of a kind exhibition explores the cultural significance of hair fashion - through the rise of the celebrity hairdresser, their hair styling techniques and the hair salon over the past 50 years. Through this unique collaboration the exhibition will integrate the key innovations in the hair industry, salon environments, technological breakthroughs and the influence of fashion trends and popular culture.

This unique collaboration between curator, renowned celebrity hair-stylist Andrew Barton and leading fashion research consultant and academic Donna Bevan, will explore the key hair-styles and technological innovations from the 1950s onwards.

The exhibition charts the cultural and economic shifts which influenced iconic hairstyles, using archival photography and modern and historical objects from collections including those of Unilever, Coty, Inc, Sassoon, Dome Hair Products, Lambeth Archives, Museamand: The National Caribbean Heritage Museum and Wakefield Museums. A collection of wigs supplied by Banbury Postiche and inspired by the exhibition will be exclusively styled by Andrew Barton.

Andrew said “There is an amazing story to be told about hair and hairdressing its meaning and its importance to fashion and identity this is a professional dream come true for me to be involved in this unique project and collaborate with such talented co curators to bring this project to life. My work as a hairdresser whether it be salon or catwalk photo shoot or presenting education has always been influenced by key moments in the history of hairdressing and the fashion influences so it’s an honour to bring these inspirations together in Beehives Bobs & Blowdries”.

Not content with nostalgia, the exhibition outlines the advancements in design, technology and creativity and also looks forward to the future of hair and salon design. An additional part of the exhibition with a special Barnsley focus, will look at the importance of hairdressing in the community and the impact of some of the most renowned local salons including items from key local archives.

A celebratory fundraising dinner, dance and fashion show will accompany the opening of the exhibition, raising money for The Princes Trust charity, of which Andrew is one of their Celebrity Ambassadors, alongside The Civic’s #CONNECT project, which aims to complete the renovation of the historic theatre. Sponsors of the ball include Babyliss PRO and Barnsley College.

Whilst in the region for the exhibition opening and Ball - which he will co-present with Mark Heyes, TV Celebrity Fashion Stylist - Andrew will be paying a visit to a Sheffield school that has established its own hair and beauty centre.

Chaucer School in Parsons Cross, Sheffield was recently able to build a special hair and beauty room using funds donated by Sheffield Housing Company – a partnership comprising the city council, Keepmoat and Great Places, which is reviving neighbourhoods through the construction of new homes and the provision of job and training opportunities.

On his visit to the school Andrew will be sharing experiences and techniques and he hopes to inspire students who are just starting to explore the hairstyling world.

Scott Burnside, Head teacher at Chaucer School, explains: “We were looking at ways of engaging with pupils who may previously have been disenfranchised from the education system. This innovative hair and beauty based learning environment has improved the behaviour of the pupils using it, raised their aspirations and helped to develop an understanding of what it is to be successful. Students are now mastering and applying skills that will not only qualify them for the future but help them to develop as individuals. They are all really excited about Andrew’s visit and look forward to learning from someone with an incredible amount of knowledge and expertise in this area.”

The exhibition will open in Barnsley on 17 February and will run until 7 April before touring London and across the country. The Gallery is free entry and open from 10am-5pm Tuesday - Saturday.