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Sexuality, violence and desire for all to see

A new exhibition at the city centre's Artland Gallery will shake up your day

Published on October 9th 2009.


Sexuality, violence and desire for all to see

The Artland Gallery is a little known exhibition space underneath the Friends Meeting House behind Central Library. It's little known because it's only been there a year, but within that time, it has produced a stream of socially and politically minded art exhibitions including Christoph Bangert's stunning photographs of Iraq which Confidential reviewed last February.

The bold images explore sexuality, violence, fear and desire, and are likely to shock as much as inspire.

Their new exhibition, Paradise Lost, started on Friday 2 October and features paintings, drawings, photographs and objects by young Polish artist Michael Slusakowicz. The bold images explore sexuality, violence, fear, and desire and are likely to shock as much as inspire.

Michael came to England four years ago and initially studied Art and Design at MANCAT before becoming artist in residence there. He is now studying at Camberwell College of Arts in London.

He says: “Showing at Artland is tremendously exciting. It’s a small gallery but I love the mood, it’s very inspiring. The building is 200-years-old and the gallery is underneath the Friends Meeting House which means the place itself is a very interesting mix. It’s somewhere I feel I can express myself and this will make for a very atmospheric show.”

Paradise Lost, 2 October-31 October 2009, Artland Gallery, Friends Meeting House (Bootle Street Entrance), 6 Mount Street, Manchester. Opening times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 11am-4pm. Thursday: 2pm-5pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free. www.artlandgallery.co.uk.

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A RealistOctober 9th 2009.

Artland seems to come up on this site a lot, this exhibition is not my cup of tea but I have visited them a number of times. I was at Generation Pop for their Eric Waugh exhibition, the gallery flew him over for the night from Canada, http://www.ericwaugh.com, he painted on the night and the artwork was projected on to a huge screen, there was a DJ all the booze you can drink, the gallery was packed but it didn't even get a small mention on this site. You should be promoting the wide variety of independant art galleries that are in Manchester, especially in these tough times.

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