Arts and Culture

Building inspector shocked to discover ‘art gallery’ during Salford high-rise inspection

A talented artist is hoping to exhibit his work – after creating “a gallery” inside his Salford high-rise apartment.

Salford-born Phillip Horrock, 64, works inside of his second-storey flat in Blackfriar Court where he has lived for nearly 30 years.

Nicola Mcatamney, a property safety officer at Salix Homes, the housing association managing Blackfriar Court, saw the artist’s work when on a visit to the tower block.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing – everywhere you look are these amazing pieces of art – it’s like a gallery in his own home,” Nicola said.

Philip’s painting of a night-time Salford Quays

“Philip has an incredible talent, and his work deserves to be seen by the wider public.”

Some of the works Phillip has created show scenes across Salford, including the Salford Quays at night and of Bloom Street with a view of the Kings Arms pub and Salford Central railway bridge.

Phillip has completed a degree in fine art and has been working as an artist for decades. He continues to paint and is currently working on several pieces.

He would like to have an exhibition so more people could see his work.

“It would be great for others to see my paintings,” Phillip said. “I think a lot of people enjoy art in whatever form, I would just like to push my work as far as I can and let the good folk of Salford and Manchester see them.”

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