Artwork of the Week – Francesco Mellina

Liverpool artwork of the week 2009-18. ‘New Romantics in Cagney’s Club’ 1981  photograph by Francesco Mellina in ‘Sound and Vision’ Conservation Centre 1 May – 31 August 2009

Atmospheric images of Liverpool’s youthful and exhilarating post-punk era feature in this exhibition by photographer Francesco Mellina.

Sound and Vision: Music and Fashion photographed by Francesco Mellina, Liverpool, 1978-82 showcases 60 photographs – most of them previously unseen.

The exhibition reveals a unique visual record of the city’s music and fashion scene, capturing the striking individuality and self-expression of gig-goers and acts in this pivotal era from New Wave and Northern Soul to the New Romantics and Rockabillies.

Featuring iconic Liverpool bands and artists such as Echo and the Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, Pete Wylie and Pete Burns, Mellina’s photographs document key gigs and music spots of the time, along with many more names who went on to achieve worldwide status including Roxy Music, The Clash, The Ramones and The Smiths as well as artists such as Mick Hucknall and U2 who were still opening support acts at the time.