Your teenage years could be part of an art gallery exhibit


A Coventry gallery is looking for photographs, objects and personal stories depicting the life of a teenager in the UK for a major new summer exhibition. Grown Up in Britain: 100 Years of Teenage Kicks is due to open in July at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry – and you can play a vital part.

The free exhibition will run from July 1 to October 30 and celebrates a century of adolescence, from the roaring 1920s to today’s youth. Beyond the headlines, the exhibition chronicles the lived experiences and impact of young people, their scenes, sounds and styles, through the archives of the Museum of Youth Culture.

Museum project manager Lisa der Weduwe said: “We were all young once, from first loves to first jobs, from Saturday outings to family vacations – what do you remember? Advocating for the impact of youth on modern society, the Museum has been collecting photographs of youth movements and subcultures for over 25 years.

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“From cyclists at the bomb site in post-war London in the 1940s to ravers at Acid House in the north of England in the 1980s, the Museum of Youth Culture brings the extraordinary everyday stories to life of growth in Britain. Tell your story and be part of this exciting ongoing exploration of modern youth culture.

Perhaps your teenage years coincided with the famous 1987 FA Cup win at Coventry City, or maybe you spent your teenage years hanging out at Wyken Slough? Maybe you were even one of the lucky ones who saw the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix and other huge bands right here at Cov. Whatever your era, the Herbert wants to hear from you.

Among other things, you can submit photos of friends, families, teenage bedrooms or favorite hangouts, home movies or footage, ticket stubs, t-shirts, flyers and musical memories. They would also like outfits and accessories representing the teenage “look” as well as gadgets, objects and other ephemeral trinkets that were once all the rage but would leave today’s youth scratching their heads.

Images can be submitted online via museumofyouthculture.com/coventry. Applications must be submitted by May 15.

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