Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present asks what does ‘the market’ look like? What does money really stand for? How can the abstractions of high finance be made visible? The exhibition charts how the financial world has been imagined in art, illustration, photography and other visual media over the last three centuries in Britain and the United States. It is initiated and curated by Peter Knight (University of Manchester), Nicky Marsh (University of Southampton), Paul Crosthwaite (University of Edinburgh), Alistair Robinson (NGCA) and Isabella Streffen (Oxford Brookes University). It is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Arts Council England with support from  University of Manchester, University of Edinburgh, University of Southampton, the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Chawton House Library, the John Hansard Gallery, and the People’s History Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated book, and an app for children.

Film about the exhibition

The Arts & Humanities Research Council made a short film about Show Me The Money.


Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, City Library, Fawcett Street, Sunderland SR1 1RE from 14th June to 30th August 2014.

Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm except Weds until 7pm; Sat 10am-4pm. Closed Sundays. Free.  T: 0191 561 1235. www.ngca.co.uk


Chawton House Library, Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire GU34 1SJ from

19th September to 22nd November 2014.



John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ from 7th October until 22nd November 2014.

Open: Tues-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm. Free. T:0238 059 2158. www.hansardgallery.org


People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER from 11th July 2015 until 24th January 2016.

Open: Daily 10am-5pm. T: 0161 838 9190. www.phm.org.uk


Installation shots

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What does money really stand for?

What does ‘the market’ look like? How can the abstract nature of the financial machine be made visible?

SHOW ME THE MONEY: THE IMAGE OF FINANCE, 1700 TO THE PRESENT is accompanied by a fully illustrated 164pp book, edited by Peter Knight, Nicky Marsh and Paul Crosthwaite. It presents professional, anthropological, political, historical, literary and artistic contexts for the show, with contributions from Justin Fox, Andy Haldane, Ben Lewis, Bill Maurer, Alex Preston, Alistair Robinson, Isabella Streffen and the editors. Available from all venues and from Manchester University Press

Show Me the Money

Home pageSee also Paul Crosthwaite’s blop posting on the app.

The App

Available now for iOS and Android devices, Show Me the Money is an app for children and adults that contains fun games, activities, facts and information relating to the world of money, finance, trading and investment. The app features:

  • Bulls and Bears: Are you feeling bullish or bearish? Test your nerve as you try to build a fortune in this stock market investment game – but watch out for the crash!
  • Design Your Own Money: Found the Bank of Me and decide how your notes should look. Choose patterns, colours, text, currency and denomination, and even add your own picture, then share with your friends.
  • Dress for Success: Design one of the wild, brightly coloured jackets that pro traders wear to stand out on the trading floor. Do your best “buy! buy!” “sell! sell!” face for the camera and compete with your friends to make the most over-the-top design.
  • Background information and fun facts: Find out more about the special language of finance; how money and markets have been depicted in art; why the design of bank notes is so important; and what life is like on the trading floor.
  • A guide to the exhibition: View images of artworks from the Show Me the Money exhibition and discover what’s on show at the galleries.

The app is available to download for free for iPhone/iPad on the Apple App Store and Android devices on Google Play.

The Curators

2Early planning meeting


  • Paul Crosthwaite

    Dr Paul Crosthwaite is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. His publications include Trauma, Postmodernism, and the Aftermath of World War II, and, as editor, Criticism, Crisis, and Contemporary Narrative: Textual Horizons in an Age of Global Risk. He is currently working on a book entitledSpeculative Investments: Finance, Feeling, and Representation in Contemporary Literature and Culture.

  • Peter Knight

    Dr Peter Knight is the Principal Investigator on this project. He is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Manchester. He is the author of Conspiracy Culture and The Kennedy Assassination, and Reading the Market: Genres of Financial Capitalism in Gilded Age America (forthcoming from Johns Hopkins UP).

  • Nicky Marsh

    Professor Nicky Marsh teaches in the English Department at the University of Southampton. She has published on contemporary women’s poetry, and is the author of Money, Finance, and Speculation in Recent British Fiction. She is currently writing a book on the cultural and fictional responses to the emergence of a number of ‘new markets’ from the 1950s-1990s.

  • Alistair Robinson

    Alistair Robinson is the Director of the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, and has curated influential exhibitions such as ‘Rank: Picturing the Social Order, 1516-2009’.
  • Isabella Streffen

    Dr Isabella Streffen is an artist who works across media to examine and respond to fundamental problems of politics, perception, technology and narrative. She was an Early Career Fellowship at Oxford Brookes pursuing her research into drones, and was the Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Show Me the Money project. She is co-editor of the And Or project, and is currently based at Bath Spa University.

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