Curated regions of the north: Art and literature in the ‘Scottish Border’ and the ‘Transpennine Corridor’

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This article takes two regions separate in time and space: the Scottish Border in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and the route across the Pennines between Lancashire and Yorkshire. I look at two instances – in literature and visual art – of how these otherwise disparate social and cultural geographies have been nominated as regions through hierarchies of curation. Comparing ballad publication in the earlier period and the 1998 Artranspennine exhibition, I show how the curated region is a model that responds to the heterogeneity of local places and artistic production, but is also underpinned by a more idealistic vision of human experience expressed as a Romance space.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-172
Number of pages15
JournalVisual Culture in Britain
Issue number2
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jul 2014


  • artranspennine98 exhibition
  • Walter Scott (1771-1832)
  • regionalism
  • curating
  • ballads
  • northern geography
  • transpennine corridor
  • Scottish Borders


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