We Love Manchester!

Posted by Lucy Devane

on May 26, 2017

Categories: Art, Charity, exhibition, Gallery, Manchester, Photography

Stevenson Square Graffiti

#WeLoveMCR

This week has been a sombre one following news of Monday evenings events at the Manchester MEN Arena.

Although business has returned to normal for some, our heartfelt thoughts go out to the families and friends of the people affected by the incident, and recognise the hard work of the emergency services and the local people who bravely and kindly responded to the aftermath.

Despite the atmosphere and the difficulties – within hours’ stories and images started to emerge that captured acts of kindness, strength & sprit of the people Manchester. The outhouse in Stevenson Square is a popular spot for graffiti artists and they were quick to show support.

The #WeLoveMCR charity campaign has raised almost a million pounds for the victims’ families. A just giving page has been set up where people can donate here:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/redcross/ManchesterEmergencyFund

On Tuesday, Our Studio decided to reflect and contemplate quietly over at the Manchester City Art Gallery.

The team took some time out for a relaxed lunch in the gallery café and spent the afternoon exploring the current photography exhibition on show there.

The exhibition titled: Women and Children; and Loitering Men, documents the work of Salford born artist Shirley Baker. Baker used the medium of photography to document urban, post war communities living and working in Manchester between the 1960’s and the 1980’s.

It was great to see previously unseen photographs of historic Manchester architecture and a fitting exhibition to reflect on our city’s strength, creativity and resilience.

(The Shirley Baker Exhibition is open until Monday 28 August 2017. Details can be found here. )