Pop-Up Gallery Inspired by Manchester City Centre

Posted: 28th June 2021

A new painting installation and interactive virtual reality experience by local artists Nan Collantine and Babs Smith has been installed in an empty unit on our Deansgate Terrace.

This month we have joined forces with local artist, Nan Collantine, to create a new art installation at the venue – and it’ll be on free public display between 19th June – 31st July.

Nan produced the work over a seven-day period, in a satellite studio, in an empty unit on our Deansgate Terrace. As part of the artist’s residency, Nan also invited Salford artist, Babs Smith, to respond to the work and local architecture.

Nan Collantine is passionate about creating pieces that respond to whichever site she is working from, and the pieces on display at the Great Northern Warehouse reflect the luminous heights of Manchester’s new skyline, as well the vistas and ariel views of the surrounding city centre.

Nan is interested in making site specific responses to place, to understand how architecture and places shape human experience and society, using painting and drawing to create her own visual interpretation.

Babs Smith, whose work explores human response to our environment in an online and offline process, is responding to the work and changing architectural landscape of Manchester, digitally.

Mark Schofield, Centre Director for The Great Northern, said: “At Great Northern we are committed to embedding art and culture into our site, and we’re so excited to host the exhibition for these talented local artists and see the work on display. We’re sure visitors and passers-by alike will be mesmerised by the unique pieces that are shown for a limited time only, so we encourage guests to not wait too long to visit.”

The window installation is at No.285, Deansgate and can be viewed any time by the public from Friday 19th June.  Smith’s work will be installed W/E 2nd July.

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