Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The First Cut - Manchester Art Gallery

Last weekend I took a group of Sixth Form students on a tour of galleries in Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool. We had quite an itinerary and saw some truly amazing shows. The galleries in this area have clearly benefited from large investments, and have employed outstanding curation teams.

Manchester Art Gallery's 'The First Cut' was such an exciting and inspiring show that I would urge everyone to somehow go there and see it. Most of these photos are from the main gallery space on the top floor, but pieces are displayed throughout the gallery. Further pieces are also on display at the Museum of Costume. We were blown away...

The works shown portrayed the best of radically innovative and imaginative creativity that exists in the contemporary art world.

Andy Singleton

The scale of some of the pieces was just astonishing, the piece, above, was the full height of the gallery space.

Mia Perlman

The hours and hours of commitment behind the pieces was awe inspiring, we had huge respect for the craftsmanship behind the creation of such beautiful work.

Nicola Dale

All made from paper and books.

The creative hanging meant that you can wander through this copse of gently rotating 'trees'.

Manabu Hangai

Go, soak up the beauty, be inspired.


Printed Material said...

When I used to work in Manchester my office was a short walk from the museum and I often popped in there of a lunchtime. I've been reading about this exhibition elsewhere and know I would love it. Your post has more than just confirmed it. As a consolation I might get to the RWA Autumn exhibition next week in Bristol but it sounds like I might miss something very special. Sigh.

Wendy Rhodes said...

Oh Lesley, you should try and see it, but you might like to know its a touring exhibition and will be in Nottingham 20th April-9th June 2013, and Southampton 27th September 2013-5th January 2014.