‘A special Mancunian mood’: Celebrated North West artist Janina Cebertowicz brings exclusive exhibition to Didsbury

By Jonathan Levy

One of the North West’s most respected artists is bringing an exclusive exhibition to Didsbury’s Wendy Levy Gallery next month.

Mills, Meadows & Music is an exhibition by Janina Cebertowicz, who was born and raised in Rossendale. It will be her first solo show in Manchester for nearly 30 years.

Many of her paintings explore themes of growing up as a child and playing in the mills where her father worked in Oldham. She describes her work as a narrative with a firm rod to the opera she performs as part of the Royal College of Music.

Jack Levy, from Castlefield, is the son of gallery owner, Wendy. He has put together a seven minute film about Janina’s new exhibition.

Mr Levy said: “Janina’s work has the most remarkable colouring and longevity. A common quirky feeling comes across such as leaving the grids on her paintings.

“In her new exhibition she has captured the spirit of Manchester at a time when many mills are being converted into other forms of use. This makes her pictures particularly relevant and engrains Manchester in them. All her work has a special Mancunian mood.”

Mr Levy says he decided to put together a short film as 90% of people see art as something they don’t know much about and can find it intimidating.

He believes that his film shows art as being for everyone and speaks to people on a level of locality and connection with a certain place. 

Artist Bob Frith said: “For many years there’s been a great community of artists in Rossendale and Janina is one of the leading lights these days. She’s an important and vital character within that community.”

Mills, Meadows & Music will run from February 8 to March 1, and a preview evening will be held on February 7, between 6-8pm.

Mr Levy’s film can be viewed at

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