A NEW exhibition in central Manchester will showcase the talents of local professional illustrators, as they respond to the brief ‘What does Manchester mean to you?’
As an illustrator I’m interested in shapes, patterns and textures so I decided to focus on those that portray the city’s innovations and architecture
Manchester and Salford Illustrated will run from 28 October - 10 November at 52 Princess Street, and features work by the crème de la crème of Greater Manchester’s creative community.
It has been organised by a group of creative professionals working as Wood Street’s Creative Friends, to raise awareness and funds for the Manchester family support charity Wood Street Mission (click here).
Following an open call for entries 30 professional illustrators’ ideas on Manchester and Salford have been selected for MASI’s exhibition and online gallery, which aims to attract design professionals, creatives and the general public.
Each successful entry will be accompanied by a written rationale by its creator and reproduced as a limited edition £25 print, to be sold online and at the exhibition’s launch on 27 October with all proceeds going to Wood Street Mission.
Works chosen for the exhibition include Stanley Chow’s pop art take on Affleck’s and Barney Ibbotson’s stylised representation of his city’s heritage (main picture above).
Ibbotson said: “Manchester’s story is deeply intertwined with industry and scientific innovation, and this is evident in the buildings, bridges, railways and canals that permeate the city. As an illustrator I’m interested in shapes, patterns and textures so I decided to focus on those that portray the city’s innovations and architecture, combining cotton, warehouse windows, cogs and wheels, railway tracks, early chemical symbols and a new version of Lancashire’s red rose to create what could be called a modern Manchester coat of arms.”
A parallel student competition - the MASI Student Award - has invited trainee illustrators to respond to the same brief, to be judged by a panel of leading local designers and illustrators. The results will be revealed at the exhibition’s launch when the winner will be awarded a two week placement at design agency Creative Lynx, as well as having their prize-winning work exhibited and reproduced as a print.
Wood Street Mission was established in central Manchester in 1869 by Alfred Alsop who was appalled at the poverty they saw on their doorstep. Last year it helped almost 14,000 local people in need, including 8,900 local children affected by poverty. It provides excellent quality second-hand clothing, bedding, toys and baby equipment, as well as new school uniforms and children’s book clubs. It also runs major projects at Easter and Christmas, distributing Easter eggs, new toys and food.
Manchester and Salford Illustrated runs from 28 October to 10 November at 52 Princess Street, Manchester
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