SHOW ME THE MONEY: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the present

The ROBIN™ Currency is honoured to be featured in the exhibition SHOW ME THE MONEY: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the present.

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art 14 June – 30 August 2014 John Hansard Gallery with Chawton House Library: 19 September / 7 October – 22 November 2014 People’s History Museum: 11 July 2015 – 25 February 2016

Initiated with Dr Peter Knight, Manchester University, Professor Nicky Marsh, Southampton University, Dr Paul Crosthwaite, Edinburgh University, and Dr Isabella Streffen, Manchester University with NGCA.

Show Me The Money 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. The project asks how artists have grappled with the increasingly intangible and self-referential nature of money and finance, from the South Sea Bubble of the eighteenth century to the global financial crisis of 2008. It features works ranging from satirical eighteenth-century prints by William Hogarth and James Gillray to newly commissioned works by artists Goldin+Senneby, Cornford & Cross, Immo Klink, Simon Roberts, and James O Jenkins, as well as the first UK exhibition of international artists such as Molly Crabapple. The exhibition includes an array of media: paintings, prints, photographs, videos, artefacts, and instruments of financial exchange both ‘real’ and imagined. Indeed the exhibition also charts the development of an array of financial visualisations, including stock tickers and charts, newspaper illustrations, bank adverts, and electronic trading systems.

Show Me The Money demonstrates that the visual culture of finance has not merely reflected prevailing attitudes to money and banking, but has been crucial in forging – and at times critiquing – the very idea of ‘the market’. The exhibition tours three distinct regions of the country, beginning at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, close to the HQ of Northern Rock, where in an English context the financial crisis of 2008 began. It is then shown across two sites simultaneously: John Hansard Gallery, part of Southampton University, and Chawton House Library in Hampshire, which was owned by Jane Austen’s brother, himself implicated in a financial scandal of the 1810s. In 2015 the show continues to the People’s History Museum in Manchester, a national museum that houses material history from the union and co-operative movements.

At, the website for the exhibition, an interactive game in the style of a newspaper beauty contest, is modelled on JM Keynes famous description of how the stock market operates and an app called “Show Me the Money” is free to download from Apple App Store.

John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ. Open Tues-Fri 11:00-5:00; Saturday 11:00-4:00 W John Hansard Gallery E T 023 8059 2158

Chawton House Library, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ. Open 10:00-5:00 daily. W Chawton House T 01420 541010

People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER. Open daily 10:00- 5:00 W People’s History T 0161 838 9190




Round table: Art after the Crash

To celebrate the opening of ‘Show Me The Money: The image of finance, 1700 to the present’, a special symposium brings together exhibiting artists, leading academics from disciplines across art history, contemporary art, and literature, alongside authors and former financiers. The panellists will reflect on the past and present interrelationships between art, money, and finance. Attendance is free but booking is recommended.  Please email to confirm your place.

Admission: FREE

The exhibition preview follows at 6:00 – 8:00pm at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

Chair: Professor Julian Stallabrass (Courtauld Institute), art historian, photographer and curator


Bill Balaskas (University of the Creative Arts / Royal College of Art), exhibiting artist
Robin Bhattacharya, exhibiting artist
David Cross of Cornford & Cross (University of the Arts London), exhibiting artist
Dr Sarah Cook (Dundee University), curator of contemporary art, writer, and new media art historian
Geraldine Juárez, exhibiting artist
Immo Klink, exhibiting artist
Professor Nicky Marsh (Southampton University, exhibition co-curator)
Brett Scott, former broker and author of ‘The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money’



DATE: 13th June 3.30 – 5.30pm

LOCATION: Sunderland Museum, Jack Crawford Room

The ROBIN™ Currency – New Numbers Available

Responding to the world market situation and in coordination with state and other banks, a brand new series of prime number ROBIN™ has been released.

First offered at the presentation of the Robin AG in Baar (Zug), Switzerland on 6th of December 2008, the following additional ROBIN™ notes are now, as of the 3rd of March 2009, freely available to purchase at The ROBIN™ Currency Online Store:

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