Not sure if you’re aware but today is Black Friday. This is a concept that originated in the USA and which has made its way to Britain in recent years. It is the name given to the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which has been regarded as the beginning of the country’s Christmas shopping season since 1952. The explanation typically given for the day’s name is that it is the first day of the year that retailers are in the black as opposed to being in the red. But there are other explanations that relate to the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic that occurs on this day as well as the violence caused by the rush to bag a bargain.
Today’s Pic of the Week is ‘Shopping Street’ by Gill Wallis and features in our upcoming Patterns catalogue. To find out where we will be exhibiting Patterns in 2018 make sure you visit our exhibitions page.