Artwork Archive: The Northern Slice


I made this 2014 illustration, drawn on an iPad2 using the ArtStudio app, in response to the UK government economic plan to turn a slab of Britain westward from the rivers Mersey to Humber into the ‘Northern Powerhouse’. The initiative was welcomed by the media economics expert Evan Davis, so in a cheeky mood I imagined the performing pundit on the TV show The Great British Bakeoff (GBBO). This was his “Showstopper”, in my imagination. The surface of his would-be cake, the icing, is based on a geological map of the proposed Northern Powerhouse development zone; the ‘base layers’ of the imaginary confection is a construction of coloured sponges in the pattern of the union flag.

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