The snow was falling when we hit Norwich to meet it’s visible girls and boys, but the welcome was very warm indeed! In a city threaded with history and the creative arts, the tribes here were as defined as they were diverse; but there was a strong sense that being a Norwich resident was a subculture in and of itself.

Norwich Arts Centre on St Benedict’s street, the City’s independent business hub, was the ideal home for Stop #3 of the Visible Girls:Revisited show and over 150 visitors came to see us on it’s opening night. So what insights did the city have for us on the themes of friendship, style, community and subculture?


‘Inspiring women by an inspiring woman.’
Hattie and Penny

‘Looking forward to bringing this to Bonnie Scotland!’
Andrew J

‘Fantastic – I was at school with Emma, Helen and Em, strange but wonderful to see these pictures!’

“We were so proud to have been involved with such an iconic exhibition and really pleased to have had the opportunity to bring it to Norwich!” Kelly Robb, NAC Marketing Manager

‘Surprisingly moving – connecting who we were, the clothes, colours and relationships, with whom we have become – seems important work – thanks for making it –at both ends of the timeline.’
Andrew JW

“Absolutely loved it. I will come back again to take in some more! Loved how personal and & intimate the interactions were b/w
the subjects. Also interesting to see how the fashions and hairstyles of the 80s have come back.’

“Brilliant! + thought provoking”

“Best exhibition of the year!”
Pasco Q Kevlin, NAC Director

‘I was most impressed. Such a pity that I have no photos of my girlfriends from long ago. This show brought back a lot of memories. Thank you.’

‘Particularly good to see young & older photographs & the changes they suggest.’
Vicky C.

Brilliant photos – then and now. Very much of my era.’

‘Fantastic exhibit!! So lovely to see friends, still friends years later.’

“Visible Girls has been the highlight of the year! A thought provoking and powerful time capsule of female tribes!”
Cathryn Fenton, NAC Intern

‘Thank you Anita for bringing Visible Girls to Norwich – a brilliant exhibition – many memories of Norwich brought back.’

‘Fabulous! So many memories for me – a trip back in time.’

“I enjoyed the exhibition myself and loved seeing how touching and engaging it was to members of all ages”Alex Cabre, NAC Marketing and Box Office Assistant

‘Brilliant idea, well executed and amazing to follow up and see the ladies 30 years on – thank you.’


Pasco, Rosie, Kelly and the team at Norwich Arts Centre for giving us a warm welcome in the snow,
Red Flame Communications for opening night photos,
Ashley Ads for our first banner,
BBC Norfolk for spreading the word,
Future FM for allowing me to DJ,
Made In London Media for the video by Tal Amiran: vimeo.com/262746541


There were several wonderful reunions for me at Norwich… Alex, a very old friend who I hadn’t seen for 25 years (here we are, below left, in the Blitz club in 1980 and at Norwich Arts Centre in March 2018), Penny, my cousin who I hadn’t seen since I was 10. Amanda, a picture editor who I hadn’t seen for 33 years


And another pair of Visible Girls were spotted, Corinne and Jill… Corinne is a bit of a celeb as she is the lead singer for the band Swing Out Sister

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