Thursday, 24 July 2008

Gettin arty-farty

Hair cut day today so a pilgrimage to Manchester was on the cards. As I'd foolishy opted for a lunchtime appointment there wasn't time for a trip to Chinatown for lunch and it wasn't late enough to meet Pete afterwards for tea (terrible planning on my part but better for the pre-holiday diet). Instead Will and I opted for a visit to the Art Gallery, which, I'm embarrassed to say I have never been to despite living and working in Manchester for longer than I care to share in public.

It was a cool trip. The gallery isn't large but they have a neat interactive area which makes the works more accessible, especially for kids. The current exhibition was quite strange, but really clever - life-size realistic sculptures made out of cut up pieces of photographs on paper and varnished. The one of a guy who'd been flattened by a large rock was particularly entertaining! The Tiffany pieces and Victoriana were personal faves (I could have done without the stuffed frogs recreating a Victorian house scene tho'). I also discovered Valette's paintings of Manchester. Dark and atmospheric but strangely compelling.

A trip to Forbidden Planet and a last minute dash to the post office and it was back home for a nice cuppa and to start planning my next Simply Knitting project (more of which later...).

2 comments:

Crobbles said...

I've been up here for nearly 16 years and I still haven't done the galleries in Manchester. I would love to see the Pre-Raphaelite collection at The Whitworth. Perhaps we should meet up there sometime.

Debbie said...

Sounds like a plan! I didn't get long in the classical art section as Will was more keen on the interactive stuff. Total Philistines that we are, we agreed that we wouldn't have given many of the modern pieces houseroom! Let me know when you're free for a trip..

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