A new artwork by artists Dan Dubowitz and Alan Ward takes over Manchester Art Gallery and the newly reopened Central Library this spring, exploring the connection between the city’s buildings and citizens. Comprising of a hardback book and a series of site-specific interventions, Citizen Manchester traces the development of the library, from archive images to its recent transformation. Forty interventions are placed within the two buildings, consisting of old cases filled with the gallery’s art collections and the library’s displays that respond to their surroundings. Four years in the making, the exhibition features previously unseen photographs taken by Dubowitz and Ward during the library’s renovation, giving a glimpse into the building’s ‘soul’ and what it means to Manchester. The exhibition is the second collaboration from Dubowitz and Ward, following 2011’s critically acclaimed The Peeps, and continues until June.

Sat 22 Mar – Sun 22 June, Manchester Art Gallery, Quay Street, M3 3JE. Mon – Sun 10am – 5pm; Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, M2 5PD. Mon – Thu 9am – 8pm, Fri – Sat 9am – 5pm, FREE, manchestergalleries.org

Sat 22 Mar - Sun 22 Jun
Hannah Phillips
Published on:
Thu 8 May 2014