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Dinah Dufton at the Art Lounge

Published on May 6th 2005.

Contemporary art seems to be a hot topic in Manchester at the moment. Our press office has press releases and event listings coming out of its ears detailing latest exhibitions and displays so we know it’s a popular subject, but with so many places to go to view art, where do you start?

The Artlounge in the Triangle is as good a place as any so we seized on an invitation to come down and take a look at a latest exhibition from one of the artists they are promoting. There’s a distinctly fresh outlook about the Artlounge, a good open setting for the art that hangs off the walls, complimented by bubbly, enthusiastic, and most importantly, knowledgeable staff. What the Artlounge needs is more footfall in the Triangle area, hopefully the redevelopment and transport links that are being put in place nearby will solve that problem.

In total, the Artlounge promote around 40 artists in Manchester alone (They’ve got a Birmingham branch as well) all hand picked by talent spotters. A previous visit showcased some jaw dropping graffiti work from Temper – you might have seen this around town in the likes of Harvey Nichols and Zinc Bar.

Dinah Dufton was there to display her range that filled up the walls of the Art Lounge in the Triangle. This was only half of the collection that she has built up over a period of just six months…Manchester’s not used to such productivity. The last time anyone saw someone working as hard as this, it was on the editorial team at Manchester Confidential.

One of Dinah’s favourite pieces is a layout of white roses, all made from different types of bed linen collected from different parts of Notting Hill. A Bed of Roses was the idea she had in the first place, and that’s what she’s produced, no pretentions, just a fulfilled idea. “I wanted to do a bed of roses in the first place, and what better way to do it than by using bed linen? I wanted to represent all the things that take place in the bedroom.” This is the way she will work most of the time. Dinah will grab an idea by the horns, work on it until it’s finished, sometimes as she is happy to admit, with the help of computers.

With talent acknowledged by The Financial Times and The Independant, Dinah’s certainly not shy about her ideas and how she goes about them, but unlike other some other artists, she certainly won’t start preaching them to her public. Instead, Dinah invites opinion about her work that, although deeply sensitive and personal, can have different meanings for anyone who views it.

The art might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this girl loves Manchester. She couldn’t wait to get out of a Notting Hill, which she claims is losing character, and swap it for our growing vibrant city.

Dinah’s work will be on show for a couple of weeks at the Art Lounge and it’s well worth a look.

Art Lounge
Exchange Square
M4 3TR
Tel: 0161 832 8228
Web: www.artlounge.com

Tim Gough

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