Last night I took my cultured, Manchester loving self to an art exhibition, aptly named – Manchester with Love.
To raise funds for Forever Manchester, Stanley Chow and Studio DBD created a collection of posters with a distinctly Manchester theme, featuring stylised images of iconic buildings and spaces in the city.
Interest in the event far exceeded expectations and saw a last minute venue change from the Barton Arcade to the warehouse space in the Great Northern that is B.Eat Street.
I was impressed by the number of people who came along to have a drink in the midst of the hanging works. It’s inspiring to see art made so accessible with the accompaniment of funky tunes and the B.Eat Street Bar (albeit minus the fancy cocktails).
It took us a while to choose our favourite but we eventually made our own contribution to the charity by purchasing this striking, signed image of the Beetham Tower, which was featured on the flyer for the event.
The Town Hall and Northern Quarter prints, both of which have a special significance for us, were close contenders.
The full set in postcard form, given away with prints purchased on the night made our decision easier.
If you missed the event or, woke up this morning wishing you had one, remaining prints and postcards are available to buy from manchesterwithlove.com from 12 noon today. Go quickly though, only 25 copies of each image are available.
Forever Manchester funds community projects across Greater Manchester, aiming to strengthen communities by inspiring local people to work together to achieve extraordinary things.
Recognise the work of Stanley Chow? You may have seen his portraits in Solita.