From Thursday 23rd April to 24th May Generic Greeting, WONDERHAUS and Tashatime will bring together the heart and soul of the Northern Quarter for a collaborative exhibition at Kosmonaut, celebrating the voice of neighbourhood eateries and raising awareness of the Manchester based Breakfast in Bed Street Life Project.
A collaborative exhibition
Feat. V Revolution and Dia Artio / Koffee Pot / Tea Cup / Slice and QBEK/ Rustica
McCalls / Kingfisher Chip Shop and Mark Kennedy / Takk
Oak St Cafe MCAD/ Oklahoma / Tash Willcocks (Generic Greeting) / Julia Roy-Williams (WONDERHAUS)
Armed with a reclaimed skateboard as their canvas, Northern Quarter shops and cafes including Koffee Pot, McCalls, Oklahoma and V Revolution with Dia Artio have designed and created customised artwork upon their own skateboard deck, which will adorn the bare brick walls of Kosmonaut.
Given the artistic freedom to create a piece of artwork that best represents them, the resulting exhibition includes a collection of skateboards decorated with an eclectic line-up of mixed media from illustration, spray painting, laser etching, 3D paper mache and collage.
Tash Willcox (Generic Greeting, Hyper Island) comments “There are a lot of exhibitions in Manchester that bring together local artists but we wanted to produce a more inclusive show giving a creative platform to the people that feed the Northern Quarter and allow them the opportunity to collaborate with local artists too.
It was a happy accident that we stumbled across a pile of abandoned skateboard decks outside NOTE and thought they would make the perfect canvas. The shops and cafes involved have created some very special pieces on them!”
Stevenson Square’s pizza and bread bar Slice has adorned their skateboard with bold lettering ‘THIS IS MANCHESTER, WE DOUGH THINGS DIFFERENTLY AROUND HERE’ amongst delicate illustrations of tomatoes, bread and pizza slices.
Going one step further, Kingfisher Fish and Chip Shop have created their skateboard artwork in collaboration with mosaic master Mark Kennedy, who has intricately depicted mosaic Manchester bees on the skateboard with blue and red tiles, bringing the colors of the city to life.
In addition, for each of the Northern Quarter stalwarts involved in the exhibition, Tash Willcocks (Tashatime, Generic Greeting) will be creating a bespoke illustration for #hypertipsmap on a takeaway box to represent the eateries and to sit along side their skateboard deck.
The exhibition will also highlight the work of the Breakfast in Bed Street Life Project that feeds the homeless on the streets of Manchester. Some of the eateries involved in the exhibition have set up direct links with the project by donating stock and supplies, whilst on the launch night there will be fundraising to raise money for the project.
EXHIBITION: Thursday 23rd April to Sunday 24th May
LAUNCH: Thursday 23rd April , 6:30pm- 8:00pm
The launch will start from 6:30pm with drinks on arrival..