Northern Quarter hosts artist’s visions of post-apocalyptic Manchester

By Rebecca Cohen

Shocking images of a post-apocalyptic Manchester by a former Salford University student are taking the country by storm.

James Chadderton, from Manchester, has produced images that show some of the city’s most renowned haunts in a state of destruction, and which are currently on display at the Northern Quarter’s Incognito gallery on Stevenson Square. 

The Urbis, Town Hall, Tesco, Palace Theatre, Hacienda, Oxford Road, Big Wheel and The Printworks have all been transformed into nightmarish images that could only ever be imagined.

The artist created the works in a hybrid fashion – combining photography, hand drawn sections that he has scanned into the computer, and digital painting that he has produced with a Wacom graphics tablet.

Talking to Mancunian Matters about his brainwave, James said: “I am inspired by the concept artwork and visuals created by the artists that work on post-apocalyptic computer games and films.

“The quality of their work and ideas is something I’ve always been in awe of.”

Yesterday, the Twitter-sphere was overloaded with Tweets, as people found themselves feeling at once fascinated and disturbed about the new exhibition.

One Tweeter, Prof_Sausage, said: “Really, really love the artwork in this. Horrific and Beautiful. 

AuntiiiMartiii said: “This is amazing.”

And louisbarabbas said: “This looks like a great exhibition.”

“I’ve always been drawn to the theme of “the aftermath” and all its interpretations.”

According to Incognito’s manager, Joe Daly, the display is so far gaining a positive reaction from members of the public.

“It’s been great – people have really taken to it,” he said.

“People like seeing local photos anyway, and seeing them with some sort of decay is an interesting vision, which quite helped.”

Incognito’s downstairs gallery opened in July this year, having originally just been a shop.

“We are a store as well, who specialise in polaroid film and analogue cameras ” Mr Daly said.

“We had a space downstairs, which was perfect for a gallery.”

Although he was unable to give specifics, Mr Daly says that there are some “interesting” displays lined up for the gallery.

Incognito holds monthly workshops on polaroid film and lomographic film, which anybody can book by ringing 0161 228 7999. 

The exhibition runs until January 4th.

For more information on James’ work visit

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