Last weekend (31/07/21) saw the opening of a brand new Noel Gallagher art exhibition.
The exhibition, which opened in Harrogate’s Redhouse Originals Gallery, is the first of its kind and showcases over 40 exclusive images of the High Flying Birds’ frontman.
All the photographs were taken by Gallagher’s own photographer, Sharon Latham, who snapped them over a period of five years while on tour with the band.
The collection, named ‘A New World Blazing’, offers glimpses of backstage banter as well as on-stage moments and shows a new and intimate side to one of the world’s most renowned artists. Photos show Gallagher joined on stage by other well known musicians, as well as the band in the studio and down times between shows.
Noel Gallagher started the High Flying Birds in 2010, a year after leaving the band that had catapulted him to superstardom. Since then the band have released 3 albums and done hundreds of shows across the world and Sharon was one of the few photographers to enjoy exclusive access to the group throughout their tours.
After originally starting out photographing non-league football in Liverpool, it was during her time as Manchester City Football Club’s photographer that Sharon first met Noel. The two bonded over a mutual love of City and it was soon after that that a five-year-stint following the HFB across the world ensued for Sharon.
Speaking about her time with the band, Sharon said: “When the 2016 tour started I asked if I could shoot a couple of gigs, he said ‘Yeah, come to America’. I was only supposed to be there for two weeks and it turned into five years.”
A New World Blazing began its life as an online exhibition before receiving its full launch at the weekend. The artwork was greeted with art and music fans alike, who turned up in numbers to admire the never-before-seen prints.
The gallery will continue to show the exhibition for the next two weeks; coming to an end on 14/08/21. All is not lost if you’re not able to make the trip to Harrogate, however, as Sharon has plans to open the exhibition in both London and Manchester “very soon”.
You can check out the pictures on display on the gallery’s website: https://www.redhouseoriginals.com/exhibitions/a-new-world-blazing and to find out more about Sharon, head to https://sharonlatham.com