Sunday, December 22, 2013

Seasons Greetings from all at Workplace

Image: Rachel Lancaster Gold 2013 (clip), HD Digital Projection with audio, 6 mins 48 seconds (Looped) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Seasons Greetings from all at Workplace

Workplace Gallery - Gateshead


Current exhibitions by Jennifer Douglas and Rachel Lancaster run until Saturday 11th January 2014

Seasonal opening times:
Closed from Friday 20th December 2013 - Tuesday 7th January 2014


Workplace Gallery - London


Current exhibition Hugo Canoilas Fierce: Riding the wave fiercely with no fear is open by appointment from 7th January 2014


To view the exhibitions on our website click here


For further information please contact

Friday, December 13, 2013

Workplace London: Hugo Canoilas "Fierce: Riding the wave fiercely with no fear."

Image: Hugo Canoilas May it light through all your organs 2013 (front) Mixed media on canvas. 60.2 x 50 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK


Hugo Canoilas


Fierce: Riding the wave fiercely with no fear.


18th December 2013 - 8th February 2014


Workplace London

61 Conduit Street

London W1S 2GB

by appointment only



Workplace is delighted to present an installation of new works by Hugo Canoilas for the second exhibition at our new London space.


Fierce: Riding the wave fiercely with no fear. is a room of painting, sculpture, collage, and assemblage described by Canoilas as "machines to see". These works bring together wide ranging material, objective images and text taken from newspaper clippings, magazine adverts and poetry books combined with subjective matter (paint, glue, ink, and collaged cuttings from Canoilas' own 'automatic' drawings) that cover and intersect with each other to create diagrammatic receptacles of chaos and information. Manipulating artwork convention, the paintings are double-sided and suspended in the space as multilayered and multifaceted objects. Canoilas challenges us to experience the work as diagrams where chaos is not organized but experienced.


The works continue the idea of 'diagram' that I have been exploring in both small-scale works and installations. The work comes from a platform that is never empty: the white sheet, or canvas, or projection in your head is not a blank or white one - but is fully charged with the works you have seen, those you like and hate, social and political events. The first act is usually a cliché, something that comes more with expectations from the exterior, a certain idea of what might be art or not, accepted. The next steps erase this cliché and push it into something new. I don't aim to organize this chaos. I want these works to operate as 'Disasters'. A disaster is an event, it happens and it can't be predicted and there's no explanation for it. It's a wild or savage event. It is of a different nature from normality and usually its product is named as a monster. All of these qualities seem very fertile for Art today, against monolithic thinking and the oppression of the rational.

Hugo Canoilas, 2013


Hugo Canoilas' work is strongly linked to the art historical evolution of Modernism. Drawing upon the philosophy, poetry and foundational ideologies of this period his work employs a wide variety of media (informed predominantly by Painting) to represent a political and aesthetic convergence that moves towards a sensitisation of the viewer to the socio-political undercurrents that influence historical and contemporary culture.


Hugo Canoilas was born in 1977 in Lisbon, Portugal and studied at Caldasda Rainha, Portugal and the Royal College of Art, UK. Recent Exhibitions include: Spirit of the Air, Wiener Art Foundation, hosted by Kunstbuero, Vienna; Magma, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK; Paradise Birds - 30th São Paulo Biennial - A iminência das poéticas, curated by Luiz Perez Oramas, Tobi Maier, André Severo and Isabela Villanueva, Museum Casa do Bandeirante, São Paulo; The isle of the dead, Quadrado Azul Gallery, Porto; Untitled (we can be altogether), curated by José Quaresma, MNAC - Chiado Museum, Lisbon; A painting is getting its kicks, 1M3, Lausanne; Endless Killing, curated by Chus Martinez. Huarte Contemporary Art Center; Vota Octávio Pato - Ten reasons to be a member, curated by Tobi Maier, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Are you still awake?, curated by Emília Tavares, MNAC - Chiado Museum, Lisbon; Strata, curated by Francesco Stocchi, Sammlung Lenikus, Vienna; Infinite Tasks, curated by Paulo Pires do Vale, Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon; Dear painter paint me - with heart and reason, curated by Kaszás Tamás. Trafó Contemporary Art Center, Budapest. Hugo Canoilas lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Paul Merrick & Mike Pratt: "RIFF" BALTIC|39, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Image Left: Paul Merrick Untitled (Studio Door) 2013, Door, oil paint, turps, primer, glue, 164 x 84 cm

Image Right: Mike Pratt Yellow Painting, 2013, Wax, oil pigment, wood and foam, 183.5 x 122 x 13 cm

Courtesy of the artists and Workplace Gallery, UK.



High Bridge Street

Newcastle upon Tyne



Private View:

Thursday 12th December, 2013

19:00 - 21:00



12 December 2013 - 19 January 2014.


Tom and Simon Bloor, Fiona Curran, Daniel Eatock, Steven Emmanuel, Johannes Evers, Nadine Feinson, Tommy Grace & Kate Owens, Albert Irvin, ISLET, Peter Lamb, Andrew Maughan, Paul Merrick, Ewan Jones Morris, Flore Nove-Josserand, Ciara Phillips, Mike Pratt, David Sherry, Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle


RIFF is part of RIFF/T, a two-part exhibition that explores and attempts to evaluate the current state of painting, through an investigation into abstraction and representation. Divided into sequential parts, a focus is placed upon the opposing themes of the harmonious riff and the discordant rift. The exhibition posits that contemporary painterly practice has moved beyond the canvas and incorporates a wide range of media from installation to video, all the while referencing, mimicking and pushing ideas integral to painting itself. RIFF/T seeks to highlight trends, facets and approaches particular to painting, today.


RIFF explores a sense of fluency and unity found in abstraction. Rhythm and abstraction converge in a choir of repeating marks, stock images, signature forms and colours. The exhibition installation seeks to evoke a holistic riff, a curatorial orchestration in which individual signatures and marks echo and repeat between the works on show.

RIFF culminates in a night of live performances by artist David Sherry, and by four-piece band ISLET with long time collaborator Ewan Jones Morris.

RIFF is curated by Matthew Hearn in collaboration with Thomas Whittle.


Part two of the exhibition, RIFT, curated by Matthew Hearn in collaboration with Sebastian Trend, runs January 22 - March 2, 2014.


RIF/T is curated by Hang Gang: Matthew Hearn in collaboration with Thomas Whittle and Sebastian Trend



Open Wed-Sun 12:00-18:00

Thursdays 12:00-20:00

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sophie Lisa Beresford: "Zeros + Ones" Arbeit Gallery, London, UK

Image: Sophie Lisa Beresford Pizza Shop Dance, 2008, Single channel video, 4 min 6 sec. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.

Zeros Ones

Sunday 15 December 2013
Screenings from 2.00-7.00pm

Arbeit Gallery
4 White Post Lane,
E9 5EN

Sophie Lisa Beresford, Jenna Collins, Oliver Evelyn-Rahr & Geraldine Gallavardin, Choterina Freer, Sonia Hedstrand, Joey Holder, Anna Kinbom, Sands Murray-Wassink, Benjamin Orlow, Adrianna Palazzolo, Daniel Shanken, Nicola Woodham, Rut Karin Zettergren.

Zeros Ones brings together 14 artists using video, sound and performance to question power struggles in technology. 22 years after Donna Harraway's publication of A Cyborg Manifesto which launched the Cyberfeminist movement, this show looks at its relevance today in work that celebrates and questions science and technology.

Broken narratives, multiple identities, consumerism, low-fi, CGI, techno, retro, resourced, revamped, personal stories, and the new aesthetic are all present within the featured artists work. These artists come from various European cities and much of the interaction between them takes place over the internet through Skype, email, social networking, and video-file sharing.

Sophie Lisa Beresford
15 Dec 2013

Bounce, 2010
Single Channel Video
0 min 42 sec

Pizza Shop Dance, 2008
Single Channel Video
4 min 6 sec

Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Wolfgang Weileder: "Atlas" Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art" Sunderland, UK

Image: Wolfgang Weileder Place Des Vosges. Paris. Slice 2356 (Parisians lying in the grass on a sunny evening whilst their children splash and play in the water fountains) 2013, Archival ink on mat archival cotton paper, 145 x 242 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.

Wolfgang Weileder: 'Atlas'

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
City Library and Arts Centre
Fawcett Street


Preview: Thursday 5 November 2013 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition dates: 6 December 2013 - 8 February 2014


'Atlas' is a monumental new body of photographic works created across the world over the last five years in cities from Tokyo to Turin. A series of 20 new large-scale prints have been created specially for this exhibition, which continues Weileder's interest in how we use and understand public spaces. The apparently abstract images are, in fact, vast compendiums of "data" about the civic spaces of major cities around the world.

Weileder has created a bespoke computer programme and camera to create a portrait of each city's central square, piazza, or plaza over an extended duration. In contrast to orthodox long-exposure photographs, Weileder's camera records an image a single pixel tall across the entire breadth of the square, minute upon minute, so that we encounter several hundred 'slices' of time stacked from top to bottom. We are primarily able to register the colours that define each space - whether buildings or people - and the degree of motion and movement through it, rather than being drawn into an illusionistic, or straightforward photographic image. Weileder's process is akin to that created by Picasso and Braque in Cubism - except that we encounter multiple timeframes within the same picture rather than multiple spatial viewpoints. Where there are clear vertical 'stripes', we register the static structures that are immobile over time. Where there are horizontal patterns, we recognise the activity that animates the square, as his camera has registered motion and flux.

Weileder notes that, in contrast to traditional maps or topographical photographs, he presents raw 'data' that nevertheless tells us more about the life and activity of the cities than any single image, or any graphical or cartographical representation ever could. We perceive, over the course of an entire morning or afternoon, the texture of life lived in public. Weileder argues that our understanding of space remains trapped in twentieth-century habits, and that a revolution in our ways of thinking about space is required.

The exhibition is accompanied by a major new monograph titled 'Continuum', published by Kerber, and featuring new essays by Alistair Robinson, Dr Ludwig Seyfarth and Dr Rachel Wells. In 2014 Weileder will exhibit in Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hugo Canoilas: "dienstag abend" The Mews Project, London

Image: Hugo Canoilas The Provo Theatre Flyer 2012, Steel, Door, Paint, Shoe, Private Collection

dienstag abend



Djana Covic, Lucy Pawlak, Diana Policarpo, Alicja Rogalska, Fernando Mesquita, Mikael Larsson, Ben Washington, Kristian Nammack, Ben Cain, Carlos Noronha Feio, Ludwig Kittinger, Lukas Heistinger, Sophie Thun, Hugo Canoilas

What is Dienstag abend ?

d.a. is a flexible platform initiated by Fernando Mesquita and Ludwig Kittinger. Artists and other professionals are invited to different locations to form a collaborative ( co-labourative) structure to serve as a hub for research of artistic mechanisms and conditions relating to a situation.

Our focus is on leveling the process between idea and outcome in which the existing manner of spatial and/or social and/or any contextual situation serves as a foundation. We encourage participants to step out of their usual work patterns, as a suggestion, not a requirement.

Within the d.a. dynamics we recognize the action (activity/non-activity) as more relevant than the result. The project engages on forms of collaboration in order to: do things, or not, independently of whom or/and what. We are not seeking for types of collaboration that are based on collectively following some concept where a conclusion is the objective.

23 rd Nov-7th december Work in Progress at The Mews Project 1-3pm
28 th Nov Opening at The Mews Project from 5pm
29 th Nov Dienstag Abend takeover of ArtReview from 7pm

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mike Pratt: "Right Eye, Left Eye" V8 Plattform für neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany

Image: Mike Pratt Silicone Rock, 2013, Slicone, flagstone, bolts, bucket, wood, 43 x 41 x 18 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK




V8 Plattform für neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany


23. - 26. NOVEMBER 2013

15:00 - 19:00




With Texts From:

Friday, November 15, 2013

Cecilia Stenbom: "manual" a public event in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Image: Cecilia Stenbom manual 2013 Laser print on paper. 150 x 50 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK 


Peacock Visual Arts are pleased to host Manual, a public participatory event that forms part of the research towards a new film work by artist and filmmaker Cecilia Stenbom.


The event will consist of a series of one-to-one interviews that explore people's everyday behaviours and habits in public space. Participants will be encouraged to talk about their own experiences, routines and preferences within the framework of everyday situations; How do you choose a seat in a restaurant? What do you do in order to feel secure? Does surveillance make you feel safe or watched? Do you take measures to avoid catching infections from other people? Do you have a system for staying safe in public space? How do you act when you run into someone you don't want to run into? What do you find unacceptable behaviour? Do you have a preferred toilet cubicle?


The interviews will inform and influence a fictional short film that will be screened in Aberdeen in 2014.


The event will take place on Friday 15th Saturday 16th November between 10am and 4pm at Seventeen 5 - 17 Belmont Street, Aberdeen.


To register your interest or if you want more information please contact Pre-booking is not essential but preferable to avoid waiting times. The interviews will be recorded. Participants under the age of eighteen need parents consent. Everyone who takes part in the event will be credited in the finished film unless the wish to remain anonymous. The individual interviews will take about 15-20 minutes.

This project is kindly supported by Arts Council England.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Jennifer Douglas / Rachel Lancaster - Preview: Friday 22nd November 2013 6pm - 8pm at Workplace Gallery Gateshead

Workplace Gallery are delighted to invite you to the opening of two parallel solo exhibitions

Jennifer Douglas / Rachel Lancaster

Preview: Friday 22nd November 2013, 6 - 8pm


Workplace Gallery

The Old Post Office

19 - 21 West Street




Exhibitions continue: 23rd November 2013 - 11th January 2014

Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm or by appointment

(see gallery website for seasonal opening times)


Kindly supported by:




Images: Jennifer Douglas  Blue, 2013, Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm, 61 x 76 cms.  Rachel Lancaster  Stage, 2013, Single Channel HD Video, 16:9, 9 mins 45 secs. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Laura Lancaster and Rachel Lancaster: 'Silver Fox' Album Release











Released on Upset The Rhythm on Nov 18th 2013

UTR059 | CD / LP | 11 tracks, 34 mins | Buy


  Hearts Made Here

Silver Fox's self-titled album was recorded in one day. They partnered up with their long-time friend and producer, Andrew Hodson (Warm Digits), to create an album that reflects the energy of their live performances. This is music with no rules or preconceptions; pooling ideas and observations into music that can be raucous, sad, reflective, powerful, wistful, or whatever it needs to be. With vibrating harmonies and primal beats at its heart, sounds and words form together in response to the lives we all live.



Susie Green - vocals, keyboards,

Rebecca Knight - drums,

Laura Lancaster - guitar, vocals,

Rachel Lancaster - bass guitar, vocals.


Silver Fox formed in 2009, and have had well-received single releases on M'Lady's (Waves on in/Marble World) and Milk (Capital Kiss/Arosa) in 2012.

Silver Fox is a place where anything can happen, where ideas are free to move and change. Pulling together lyrics and sounds from collective experience, Silver Fox create music that surprises and refuses to be categorised. Silver Fox make intuitive sounds led by a responsive, if-it-feels-good-do-it approach, giving free reign to all ideas large and small.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

WORKPLACE GALLERY new London space

Workplace are delighted to announce the opening of a new space in Mayfair, central London. Complimenting the programme of our main gallery in Gateshead, Workplace London will present curated exhibitions alongside available works by gallery artists. Workplace London will be viewable by invitation and appointment only.


Eric Bainbridge
Marcus Coates
Jacob Dahlgren
Laura Lancaster
Mike Pratt

14th October - 16th November 2013

Mezzanine Floor
61-65 Conduit Street
London W1S 2GB
(access via New Burlington Place)

by invitation and appointment only

Sleeper will be available to view throughout Frieze week
To make an appointment and for information regarding available works please email us directly at

We look forward to welcoming you.

best wishes

Paul & Miles

Photo: Brian Whar

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Laura Lancaster: "Painting Past Present" Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK

Image: Laura Lancaster   Untitled, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 34 cms, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery



Painting Past Present

until 9th February 2014


Laing Art Gallery
New Bridge Street
Newcastle upon Tyne


Helen Baker, Paul Housley, Laura Lancaster, Eleanor Moreton, Mali Morris, Narbi Price, James Ryan, Helen Smith, Alli Sharma, Sue Spark, Emma Talbot


This exhibition combines paintings from past generations of artists that are part of the Laing Art Gallery permanent collection with works from a new generation of painters. Works have been selected that have inspired or informed contemporary working methods This exhibition explores the way painters pass on their craft to further generations. It explores the way a new generation can rework the past in a way that is not ironical nor a pastiche. By looking at  materials and methods of painting attached to different windows in time we can understand the dialogue that is continued artist to artist in a medium as old as history itself. By comparing new paintings with older works, contemporary attitudes and ideas are clarified. We are given a sense of the continuing fascination that craft holds in painting and the way that it offers new ways of understanding and recycling part redundant ideologies. The exhibition will not only give a historical and contemporary take on traditional methods and media such as tempera, oil and collage but also consider meaning within a historical context by looking at the way craft informs and works with the current concerns of the moment.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Eric Bainbridge, Catherine Bertola, Laura Lancaster, Paul Merrick, Cecilia Stenbom, Matt Stokes : "Tip of the Iceberg" Contemporary Art Society, London, UK

Image: Eric Bainbridge  Two Bobs, 2008, Archival Inkjet Print, 90 x 128 cms, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery



Tip of the Iceberg

Private View - Thursday 3 October (18.30-20.30)
59 Central Street, London EC1V 3AF

4th October 2013 - 3rd January 2014

Over the last four years, Contemporary Art Society North has organised studio visits and exhibition tours with over 60 artists based across the region.

Tip of the Iceberg is an exhibition, curated by Mark Doyle and Rebecca Morrill, that offers audiences in London the chance to see work by 28 of these artists. It is the fourth in the guest-curated PROJECTS series, which takes place at Contemporary Art Society's headquarters: 59 Central Street.

The exhibition features work by Iain Andrews, Eric Bainbridge, Catherine Bertola, Andrew Bracey, Pavel Büchler, Tony Charles, James Clarkson, Rachael Clewlow, Samantha Donnelly, Graham Dolphin, Leo Fitzmaurice, Susie Green, Dave Griffiths, Mary Griffiths, Matthew Houlding, Nick Kennedy, Laura Lancaster, Harry Meadley, Paul Merrick, Tim Machin, Anne Vibeke Mou, Michael Mulvihill, Emily Speed, David Steans, Cecilia Stenbom, Matt Stokes, Imogen Stidworthyand Rafal Topolewski.

Work in the exhibition will be for sale, with a percentage of the proceeds going to support the ongoing work of Contemporary Art Society North. A price list is available on request.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Darren Banks: "The Object Echo" FIGURE ONE at BALTIC|39, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Image: Darren Banks The Object Echo Installation View at BALTIC|39, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


11 exhibitions, 5 weeks, 1 venue

4 September 2013 - 6 October 2013


ARKA Group: Ben Jeans Houghton & Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau / Darren Banks / Paul Becker, Nadia Hebson & Tess Denman-Cleaver / Graeme Durant / Ella Finer Andrea Jespersen / Andrew Lacon / Kate Liston & Dan Wilde / Ben Sansbury / Andro Semeiko / Eleanor Wright & Sam Watson

The 11 exhibitions are to be held in the project space at BALTIC 39 from 4 September - 6 October 2013. BALTIC 39 | FIGURE ONE is an opportunity for artists to test works and ideas, or to develop works in progress within a public context.


Darren Banks - The Object Echo

Wednesday 25 September -  Sunday 29 September 2013

The Object Echo is a series of films focusing on the life and work of Churton Fairman (AKA Mike Raven, 1924-1997) a sculptor and horror film actor. New works will explore Fairman%u2019s complex and multifaceted history.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jacob Dahlgren: "KIASMA HITS" KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

Image: Jacob Dahlgren Neoconcrete Space 2012 (Still), Single Channel Video, endless edition, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


Kiasma Hits

13th Collection Exhibition | 2nd floor 27.9.2013 - 19.1.2014,
3rd floor 27.9.2013 - 7.9.2014


Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Mannerheiminaukio 2, FIN-00100
Helsinki, Finland


Vito Acconci, Giovanni Anselmo, John Baldessari, Mirosław Bałka, Stig Baumgartner, Joseph Beuys, Ebba Bohlin, Matti Braun, Elina Brotherus, Markus Copper, Petah Coyne, Jacob Dahlgren, Vladislav Delay, Walter De Maria, Ken Feingold, Tommi Grönlund, Petteri Nisunen, Markus Heikkerö, Alma Heikkilä, Timo Heino, Mikko Hintz, Olav Christopher Jenssen, Donald Judd, Hannu Karjalainen, Tiina Ketara, Yves Klein, Hilda Kozári, Matti Kujasalo, Markus Kåhre, Peter Land, Esa Laurema, Ange Leccia, Robin Lindqvist, Cristina Lucas, Jaana Maijala, Christian Marclay, Juha Mäki-Jussila, Maurizio Nannucci, Bruce Nauman, Jussi Niva, Paul Osipow, Nam June Paik, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Silja Rantanen, Anni Rapinoja, Kimmo Schroderus, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, Frank Stella, Iiu Susiraja, Marianna Uutinen, Roi Vaara, Thomas Westphal, Lea Whittington.


Classics of Finnish contemporary art are presented alongside famous international artworks as well as the latest acquisitions from the Kiasma collection. The Kiasma Hits exhibition pays tribute to the 15-year-old museum and to contemporary Finnish art. The show includes impressive art by nearly 50 artists. The 'hits' selected from Kiasma's collections lead us to the very foundations of contemporary art. Kiasma Hits is a review of Kiasma's collections and of the history of Finnish contemporary art. A commissioned piece by the Polish artist Mirosław Bałka will be installed in Studio K, to remain thereafter in Kiasma's collections. Room X is reserved for the latest acquisitions, some of which are yet to be made. The audience will also have a chance to influence the selection of works for the show. Daycare-age children will choose their own colourful favourites from the collections, to be exhibited starting from February 2014. One interesting addition to Kiasma Hits is Vladislav Delay's commissioned audio work installed in the museum's toilets. The piece is the electronic music composer's interpretation of the architecture of and life in Kiasma.


The Kiasma Hits publication sheds light on the history and concepts of contemporary art. It is already the tenth volume in Kiasma's collection series.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Workplace Gallery at The Manchester Contemporary 2013: Paul Merrick solo presentation

Image: Paul Merrick Still Life (Chrysanthemum), 2012, Plywood, powder coated steel, melamine, magazine, pins, 122 x 90 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK


Paul Merrick

The Manchester Contemporary

27 - 29 September 2013


Preview 26 September 2013

(by invitation only)



Manchester, UK

M3 3AN



For a preview of available works please email:

Matt Stokes: "Northern Soul - Keep the Faith " The Culture Show, BBC 2 Tonight

Image: Matt Stokes  Long After Tonight, 2005, Super 16mm film and audio transferred to DVD, 6 min 45 sec. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery.



Matt Stokes' 2005 film Long After Tonight will be featured on Northern Soul - Keep the Faith a BBC Culture Show special tonight at 10pm.

Northern Soul marked the birth of late-night dance culture in Britain. Paul Mason, economics journalist and once a regular at the famous 'all-nighters' at Wigan Casino, discovers the origin of this underground music scene and why it continues to inspire such devotion.

Many of the songs that eventually became Northern Soul classics were once rejected or unreleased. Recorded in the 1960s by African-American artists attempting to replicate the successful Motown sound, these discarded tracks would later be rediscovered and revered by white working-class dancers and music fans in the north of England.

Paul Mason tells the extraordinary story of Northern Soul and the dance culture that sprang up around it, influencing musicians, choreographers and filmmakers and growing into a global phenomenon.