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July 09, 2008

New Cross Art Exhibition

Wednesday 9th July 08 : Walrus plays host to a Northern Quarter community art exhibition.

Local resident Martin Shaw had challenged himself not only to find a group of unknown artists, but a venue to display their work, to generate media attention and invite all the local curators from Manchester’s main art galleries.....all within 50 days.

By the evening of 9th July, what had begun as an idea and a facebook group had generated into an evening of art, canap├ęs and live music at Walrus.

The ethos running behind the whole idea really created a strong community spirit with lots of people getting involved. Local art materials shops - Fred Aldous and The Art Shop very kindly loaned us several easels to display the art.

The evening was a huge success – we had over 10 (mainly local) artists, several art curators, the Manchester Evening News and BBC North West Tonight filming.

Co-op - the ethical bank also very generously bought a round of drinks for everyone...

Exhibitors included Tak Qui, Tim Barnes, Robert Billington, Ben Willaims Fahey, Ben Topliss, Marc Seddon, Gareth Cash, Sheryl Walton.

There were however others who took part at the last minute - including a Manchester-based Italian street artist who was really made-up to have his work - a rolled up painted cloth of the Cistine Chapel in Rome displayed in Walrus bar!

One of the highlights of the evening was the amazing live art creation of Sketch City, who painted directly onto the glass curved panel at Walrus ....

Carrying a baby Walrus, we love our Manga girl - thanks Sketch City and to everyone else who made the event such a success...

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