‘The Co-op Connection’ – Professor Esther Johnson produces book celebrating the connection between ‘SHIPS in the SKY’ and the Co-op Society

In celebration of the co-operative movement and the direct connection that Professor Esther Johnson‘s social history arts research SHIPS in the SKY has to the Co-op Society; Esther has produced a 44-page full-colour book published by The Modernist Society. The book brings together a selection of project donations associated with the former Hull Co-operative Society Central Premises, alongside an assortment of delightful CWS and Co-op ephemera through the ages.


Esther has undertaken extensive research in the Co-op Archives in Manchester so linking to the launch of this publication, the Co-operative Archive will undertake a @shipsinthesky63 instagram takeover for a week from Friday 26th November 2021.

The Co-Op Society









Esther Johnson works at the intersection of artist moving image and documentary. Her poetic portraits focus on marginal worlds, revealing resonant stories that may otherwico-ose remain hidden or ignored. Work has been exhibited internationally in 40 countries, co-opand has also featured on television and radio. In 2012 Johnson won the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Performing and Visual Arts for young scholars. She is a Professor of Film & Media Art at Sheffield Hallam University. Find out more about Esther’s work HERE.