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New Manchester exhibition promoting emerging painters opens at BLANKSPACE gallery

By Karen Regn

No.1: Paint, an exhibition to promote the work of emerging painters, kicked off last night with a public preview at the BLANKSPACE Gallery on Hulme St.

The first in a series of medium-specific exhibitions to be held at BLANKSPACE, No.1: Paint features the art of 24 distinctive artists from throughout the UK. 

Sheffield-based artist Ladoza contributed work to the show and painted a mural on an outside wall of the gallery to celebrate its opening.

The exhibition is the brainchild of curator Jamie Hyde.  “The work we have selected encompasses everything from more traditional painting to sculptural pieces and installation work,” he said. “No.1: Paint is about artists exploring the medium in different and innovative ways.” 

Photographer and BLANKSPACE director Mark Devereux, 28, describes it as a celebration of the medium of paint itself. 

“Modern mediums seem to sort of take the limelight,” he said. “We had a lot of discussions about painting itself and how it’s seen by viewers, and whether or not it’s given the respect it deserves.”

The exhibition continues until Sunday, September 25, with a special Open Day on Sunday the 18. This will include a BBQ and an opportunity for visitors to create a new mural on the outside walls of the BLANKSPACE building.

The medium of the next exhibition in the series is yet to be decided, though organizers say they have received requests for both sculpture and photography themes.

More information on No.1: Paint can be found at the following link: www.blankmediacollective.org/no1paint


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