Beehives, Bob’s and Blow-dries

A new exhibition charting the history of hairdressing and hairstyle design, Beehives, Bobs & Blow-dries, makes its national debut at The Civic, Barnsley, this February. The multimedia exhibition features archival material…

A new exhibition charting the history of hairdressing and hairstyle design, Beehives, Bobs & Blow-dries, makes its national debut at The Civic, Barnsley, this February.

The multimedia exhibition features archival material to celebrate iconic hairstyles, and the role of the salon as the pillar of the community, alongside exploring the advancement of design and technology.

The unique collaboration between celebrity hairdresser, Andrew Barton, The Civic curator, Donna Bevan, and the curator of visual arts for the Hull UK City of Culture, David Sinclair, has attracted national interest.  L’Orèal Professionnel is headline sponsor of Beehives, Bobs & Blow-dries.

Monica Teodoro, General Manager of L’Oréal Professionnel said: “Over the course of its first century, L’Oréal established itself as the leader in the hair-care market, not just through the development of new products, but also through its knowledge of the hair-care sector and its support of hair-stylists around the world. This ongoing commitment to education and training of hair-care professionals reflects the legacy of L’Oréal’s founder, Eugène Schueller, who prioritised the notion of service to his Industry. Because of this heritage, L’Oréal Professionnel, the leading manufacturer of professional colour, hair-care and styling products, is proud to support this exhibition. Hair has always been a hugely important fashion statement, as can be seen in Beehives, Bobs and Blow-dries.

Andrew Barton, best known for his TV appearances on hit shows such as 10 Years Younger, said: “I’m passionate about supporting my hometown of Barnsley, which is why we chose The Civic to debut the exhibition. Barnsley has produced some of the most amazing talent and it’s where I started my hairdressing career.  I’m very proud of Barnsley and thrilled that we have secured such a major exhibition for the town.”

Andrew Barton is a Champion of The Civic’s fundraising appeal to raise £5m to complete building renovations and return The Civic to its full glory, creating a world-class destination for The Arts by 2023. Barnsley born broadcasters, Sir Michael Parkinson and Dame Jenni Murray, are also champions of The Civic’s campaign.

Helen Ball, Chief Executive of The Civic said: “We are really proud to launch Beehives, Bobs and Blow-dries with support from such an iconic brand as L’Orèal Professionel. Hair is such a statement of fashion, individuality and culture, this exhibition will no doubt capture so many imaginations and bring new audiences to The Civic.”

Andrew Barton will also co-host a charity ball with TV celebrity fashion stylist and broadcaster Mark Heyes at The Civic to raise funds for The Civic #connect appeal and The Prince’s Trust charity on Friday 23rd February.

Beehives, Bobs and Blow-Dries will be at The Civic from 17 February – 7 April 2018; Entry is free.


Notes to Editors

About The Civic, Barnsley

The Civic is a contemporary arts centre positioned in the heart of South Yorkshire. As a charity the organisation exists to bring extraordinary experience of the arts to the local community and beyond. The Civic prides itself on providing an engaging and diverse artistic programme across a range of genres. Registered Charity No, 1129765 @BarnsleyCivic

About L’Oréal Professionnel

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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.

Press Preview, 16 February 2018: Beehives, Bobs and Blow-dries
David Sinclair Curator at The Civic, the renowned celebrity hair-stylist, Andrew Barton, and leading fashion research consultant, Donna Bevan, will be available for media interviews at The Civic gallery between 12:00-4:00pm on Friday 16th February 2018

Full address: The Gallery, The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ.
Numbers are limited so please RSVP to or call 01226 327 000 to book.

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