Manchester has a new art gallery. A far cry from the stiff and stuffy façade many galleries often portray, Upper Space is a breath of fresh snob-free air. Ahhh.
A far cry from the stiff and stuffy façade many galleries often portray, Upper Space is a breath of fresh snob-free air. Ahhh.
Located in the Northern Quarter above Sunshine dance studios, Upper Space is the new hub for longstanding legal-scribble night, Sketch City. The live street art and music event has been running for two years and has now decided to give the artists a platform to exhibit their work.
The former 70s clothing warehouse took more than a lick of paint to transform but with a little help from their friends, the Sketch City crew have produced a gallery space which will give street artists as well as national and international artists the opportunity to gain exposure by showcasing their work to the public.
This isn’t a ‘dusty work-of-art in brass frame behind a roped off area’ type of affair. Upper Space, have openly encouraged artists to experiment with the space and work not only onto the walls but onto the floors, ceilings, fixtures and fittings as well. The more you look, the more you see. Street art and graffiti are contemporary art forms and with that in mind, Upper Space has taken a contemporary approach to exhibiting them.
There are also plans to hold workshops in the future for a variety of age groups with the Sketch City artists as well as the chance for people to become resident artists. Watch this (Upper) space.
Upper Space Gallery
52 Newton Street
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