Updated: Tuesday, 7th July 2020 @ 8:18am

Courteeners, Charlatans and Stone Roses inspire Manchester mosaicist's exhibition created 'for the people'

Courteeners, Charlatans and Stone Roses inspire Manchester mosaicist's exhibition created 'for the people'

By Dom Claeys-Jackson

Manchester mosaicist Amanda McCrann paraded her latest work at a special exhibition in the city yesterday.

The display, titled ‘Smashed’, opened last night at Dale Street’s 2022NQ, with McCrann’s work channelling the art of typography and poetry through mosaic form.

An aftershow at the same venue followed until the early hours, with Mancunian poet Mike Garry also performing material.

Wythenshawe-born McCrann told MM she hopes that the eighteen pieces – the most expensive of which had a £1,500 asking price – resonate with her audience.

She said: “The main motivation of an artist is to get their pieces out there, to share them.

“I love what I do and I just hope that people connect to the new pieces – I hope that they become a real talking point.”

The former art history and fine art student at Manchester Metropolitan University spent the whole summer preparing the exhibition, which was inspired by her love of language, type and font.

She used recycled ceramic tiles in her designs, hand-crafting each piece to create her work.

Several pieces referenced seminal Manchester tunes, including the Stone Roses’ ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ and The Courteeners ‘Not 19 Forever’.

A bespoke piece designed for The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess – whose Tim Peaks Diner served coffee and cake at the event – was the only piece on display not for sale.

The exhibition also included the photography of collaborator Nigel Maitland, who immortalised her iconic four-foot ‘Mancunian’ mosaic on film.

The mosaic – created two years ago – has been toured throughout Manchester, with scores of members of the public being photographed with the sign and as a proud Mancunian, Maitland was delighted with the response.

“Being Mancunian to me is all about the people,” he told MM. “Doing that just for the few days we went out there saw people approaching us and asking us what it was all about.

“The positivity of the Mancunians is just fantastic.”

McCrann was similarly overwhelmed with the public reaction to her project.

She said: “It’s been great working with Nigel. We have had a great response to the mosaic, and keep on getting requests from all sorts of people to have their photo taken with the piece.

“We want to put a couple of more photos up every day on our Tumblr site for the next two weeks – with soundbites of what it means to people to be from Manchester – just so that we can keep connecting!”

McCrann has been involved in numerous community projects across the city, such as working closely with ‘Friends of the Parks’ to create art in public spaces.

She also works for the Manchester Gallery, and also runs weekly mosaics classes for schoolchildren and over 50s.

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