Open City Manchester Photographic Exhibition Install

7 Jul

Open City Manchester Entrance

Good to see that Vaughan Allen, having moved on from the quiet curiosity that Urbis has become (is it the building or the brand?), hasn’t left behind every vestige of interest in bringing culture to the city and helping interesting people do interesting things.

CityCo’s Open City Manchester brought together five of the city’s most interesting photographers, each with their own creative style.  Members of the public who signed up were given the chance to attend a half day workshop working with one of Aidan O’RourkeAndrew Brooks, Len GrantPaul Herrmann or Mark Page to learn how they shoot the urban environment and to learn about their views on capturing the city through a lens.  Following the masterclasses attendees went on to document Manchester’s city centre themselves putting their new knowledge to work – the resulting images being selected from for an exhibition.

Today I headed down to the basement unit of another Mancunian curiosity, the Triangle, to see how they were getting on with the install and to get a sneak peek of which shots made the cut.

Open City Manchester Install images

Naturally there’s a variation in quality across the works, but, given that the photographs featured all come from amateurs it’s looking like a remarkably accomplished show that manages to capture something of Manchester’s spirit. Huge credit to the photographers involved for being prepared to pass on their knowledge and credit too to the CityCo staff I met there who evidently weren’t really that used to installing exhibitions but were getting the job done nonetheless.

Open City Manchester Install

Tomorrow night I’ll be popping down to the launch event from 6pm to see how the finished exhibition looks and chatting with some of the photographers, and perhaps participants, about their experiences of a creative event run by a city centre management company .   Presumably they’ll be quite chipper about the whole thing given that it proved so successful there’s now two more in the diary: Saturday 17 July and Sunday 22 August from 2 – 4pm.

To register and book contact

Manchester Open City

9 – 29 July

10am – 6pm

The Triangle shopping centre, Exchange Square

Basement level unit, next to Titchy Coffee (buy a drink from him)


One Response to “Open City Manchester Photographic Exhibition Install”

  1. Vaughan July 8, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Thanks for the kind comments. More to come of course!
    Nice blog too Andy.

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