It’s Yellow Up North

With Yorkshire set to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in July, Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery is hosting an exhibition inspired by the Tour’s iconic Yellow Jersey.

The Yellow Jersey, or Maillot Jaune, to give it its French name, is worn by the leading rider in the three-week-long race. The last two Yellow Jersey winners have been British cyclists Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins.

For the Yorkshire in Yellow exhibition, design organisation Made North invited a host of local creatives to join a veritable peloton of international practitioners to create their own tribute to the Yellow Jersey, in the form of a T-shirt.

Alan Kitching, Margaret Calvert, M/M Paris and Wim Crouwel are among the international stars who have created designs, alongside local talent such as OWT, Studio Binky and Jason Mortimer from Brass.

A total of 111 designs have been created, to mark 111 editions of the Tour de France. For the exhibition, the designs will be turned into T-shirts and suspended from the gallery ceiling in the shape of a cycle-race peloton.

Organisers say a ‘very limited’ number of the T-shirts will be up for sale, and a commemorative pack of 40 of the designs will also be available.

The Yorkshire in Yellow exhibition is part of the Sheffield Design Week, which runs from 23-29 June and will also feature an Anthony Burrill exhibition and the Made North design conference.

Yorkshire in Yellow is at the Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 from 31 May-7 September.

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