Visible Girls: Revisited Artist Talk

Saturday 24th February 2018
1:00 PM

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Norwich Arts Centre

Visible Girls: Revisited Artist Talk
with Anita Corbin + Q&A


1pm – 2.30pm

An exhibition walk-through with photographer Anita Corbin on being a soft punk in 1981, her personal experience of taking images and the stories behind her iconic series of female portraits.


Anita will also be taking to the streets of Norwich to photograph and interview pairs of friends to represent Norwich sub culture today. Anita will be accompanied by ‘Made in London’ who specialise in London stories destined for China’s High speed railways where short documentaries are shown during the journeys.  She is looking for pairs of girls between 14-24 years to take part in this documentary and who are happy to be interviewed and photographed. They will be at outside The Forum on Saturday afternoon scouting for pairs at 3.30pm. Alternatively you can e-mail Anita directly if you would like to be involved –


In 1981, photographer Anita Corbin captured pivotal “coming of age” moments in the life of 56 young women – all members of different subcultural tribes: Skins, Mods, Punks, Rockabillies, New Romantics, Rastas and young lesbians. The result was an extraordinary collection of double portraits that represented sisterhood, friendship, belief and allegiance against a potent backdrop of heightened social, cultural and political change in ’80s Britain.

36 years on Corbin wondered:  what happened to all those women who were so dedicated to their subcultural tribes? What became of their dreams and beliefs? Supported by Arts Council England, Anita has re-photographed most of the original girls using new digital technology, creating a set of images that will sit alongside the originals in this touring exhibition.  It also incorporates original tape recordings with some of the girls made in 1981.

This powerful exhibition brings together two eras of a woman’s life, interweaving societal changes, women’s rights, identity and the question we all ask ourselves at some point in our lives:
‘who am I really?’


Wednesday 7 February – Wednesday 14 March 2018
Monday – Friday 1pm – 5pm and Saturdays 10am – 6pm (check website for updates)




Visible Girls Revisited website



7 JUL – 11 AUG 2017


17 NOV – 21 DEC 2017


7 FEB – 14 MAR 2018


6 SEPT – 4 OCT 2018


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