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Made in Mancunia brings together Manchester’s finest creative talent for Northern Quarter exhibition

By Alex Bysouth

Manchester’s most creative talent and up and coming artists are joining together for the Northern Quarter’s most innovative exhibition – Made in Mancunia.

Made In Mancunia#2 sees the creative network of artists, DJs and designers combine with a Christmas market featuring limited edition art, photography and vintage clothing.

And Manchester’s 2022NQ will show off the local creative talent along with the vintage market full of festivities on Friday November 30.

More than 500 people attended the previous event and at least 35 artists have applied to have their work on show this time around.

2022NQ’s Jamie Scahill believes Made In Mancunia#2 plugs a gap in the market for up and coming artists unable to exhibit their work in traditional galleries.

“One of the aims of Made in Mancunia is to discover, inspire, support and promote the next generation of creative Mancunians and these exhibitions play a part in that,” he said.

 “The atmosphere is usually a bit more lively than a normal exhibition launch, that’s what makes 2022NQ unique.

“We seem to appeal to people who wouldn’t normally feel comfortable in a traditional gallery, it might be because we always have a DJ on and provide a warm welcome to anybody.”

Illustrator and graphic designer Barney Ibbotson feels the popular 2022NQ venue gives artists a great opportunity to have their work seen by many people.

“It’s the first time that I will have displayed my work at this particular event. I attended the first Made in Mancunia exhibition and so I was pleased to be asked to exhibit in the second show,” he said.

“I have been working on some new designs, based on animals. They are inspired by stained glass windows, and are very colourful, elaborate and decorative.”

Mark O’Brien’s cardboard sculptures will be on sale for the first time at 2022NQ and the craftsman is working on some new designs ahead of the event.

“At the moment I’m creating display pieces that are appropriate for the space,” he said. “I’m creating guitar amps and hopefully I will be creating a guitar as well.

“I’m hopefully going to create the Oasis guitar, the one with the Union Jack.”

Mark’s previous cardboard creations range from shoes made out of Stella Artois boxes to life size cut-outs used in shop window displays and he believes this is a great opportunity to promote his work.

“I think a lot of people are going to see it and it’s good to have people who are local and who will hopefully contact me.

“I think it’s going to be nice and busy with the market that’s going on, I look forward to seeing lots of people,” he said.

Market goers will also be able to enjoy new work from DJ and artist, Trafford Parsons who describes his prints as ‘definitively mischievous and sometimes absurd’.

A range of food and drink will be available, including mulled wine and warming winter stew from 5pm until 9pm alongside the stalls.

After the exhibition the venue will offer music until late with Danielle Moore (Crazy P) and Generic Greeting Collective on hand.

The event takes place at 2022NQ, 20 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 1EZ.

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