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Vermilion goes for new art

Chic East Manchester restaurant showcases trio of top artists

Written by . Published on June 6th 2011.

Vermilion goes for new art

MANCHESTER restaurant Vermilion has teamed up with one of the city’s best galleries, The International 3.

We want people to get a buzz out of experiencing Vermilion, for the food, the design and now the art.

At the restaurant-gallery collaboration international artists will exhibit their work under the banner of Vox.

‘In Wonder’ is the title of the first exhibition at the restaurant-gallery collaboration which is a first for the region. The month-long show will open with a special preview on Thursday July 21.

Three artists feature. They include Swedish artist Johanna Billing. The work that she will bring to North West audiences is called, 'Magical World' – a highly acclaimed video projection filmed in Zagreb. It has been described as a “beautiful and poignant” piece, presenting a glimpse of a country in transformation.

 She will be joined at Vox by Manchester-based artist Pat Flynn. His digitally-generated work involves photographic images, animation and installation. 

Pat Flynn draws on ideologies, processes, themes and sentiments found in Hollywood films, computer games, consumer goods and advertising. 

The third artist exhibiting at ‘In Wonder’ is Matthew Houlding, who lives and works in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Like his colleagues, he has exhibited widely across the UK and Europe. 

Houlding's sculptures and collages draw the viewer into a fantastic, retro-futuristic world, inspired by architectural forms and models, modernism and a childhood spent in East Africa. His recent sculptures and collages are a homage to the utopian zeal of modern architecture and Hockney's Bigger Splash painting.

The Thai and Indian restaurant, with its 2000 customers a week, aims to bring the allure of contemporary art to its customers in order to create a a more interesting dining experience.

Vermillion 280411 Img 003x.jpgThe International 3 has evolved from the city’s inspirational artist-led community. A not-for-profit company run by Paulette Terry Brien and Laurence Lane, The International 3 has a good reputation for promoting the works of artists based in the North West area. 

Vermilion is owned by Seamark, a global leader in the food sector based in Manchester. Manzur Ahmed, son of Seamark founder Iqbal Ahmed OBE, is Vermilion managing director.

He commented: “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to create a new art space in Manchester, showing contemporary art from around the world. We want people to get a buzz out of experiencing Vermilion, for the food, the design and now the art.”

As well as new art space, Vermilion is currently undergoing an expansion that will create around 50 new jobs in a new 800-seat banqueting hall being built on the site. “Our aim is to bring the world of contemporary art to an even wider audience”, Manzur says.

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