CULTUREPLEX is celebrating its first festive season in Manchester with an unconventional Christmas tree installation by Paradise Works artist Kieran Leach.
Forming the centrepiece of CULTUREPLEX’s Christmas decorations, the 13ft Mylar ‘tree’ will be officially launched this evening at CULTUREPLEX’s ‘Pump Up Christmas’ event.
With music provided by Living Room Dance Club, the bar will be serving up sloe gin fizz and mulled cider, with two new festive cocktails launching in December; the Festive Fig with black rum, white port, fig, cardamom and lime, and the Kir Royale Royale, with house-made crème de cassis and Champagne.
Throughout the festive season, it’s also possible to book Christmas cinema parties; dining in one of CULTUREPLEX’S private rooms with an exclusive screening of a classic Christmas movie in the mini cini.
Katie Popperwell, Programme Director at CULTUREPLEX said: “The tradition of the Christmas Tree has numerous different origin stories and has been reinterpreted creatively throughout the ages. Our Christmas Tree is a bit tongue-in-cheek and coincides with the launch of our new season of events all about modern habits and rituals. It’s an object onto which we can project all our fantasies about what a Christmas Tree should be. Kieran’s conceptual rigour and the humour in his work makes him an ideal choice for the first commission of this new season.”
Artist Kieran Leach, 25, was born in Altrincham and left to study fine art in Leicester before returning to the city to put down roots four years ago.
He is a founder member of Paradise Works, where he also works as a technician and built the first floor studios. His work explores elements of the everyday, online and ‘art world’ cultures which are abstracted, condensed and often satirised.
Pump Up Christmas @ Ground Floor, Warehouse, Ducie St, Manchester M1 2TP
Date: Thursday 28th November,
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm