Chorlton favourite Electrik have announced their latest addition to a packed cultural calendar, this time a collaborative exhibition between two local artists.

My Utopia explores a positive outlook at Manchester’s time in lockdown, with Richard Kelly and Emma Evans coming together for the special showing.

Kelly’s images, taken on his daily walks, are a reflection of the city and its outskirts during a bleak time for Manchester. His work spans across themes around society, fashion and music — with a formidable portfolio that features The Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse, Pete Doherty, Dr Martens and Fred Perry.

Evans is an artist and illustrator who made a name for herself during lockdown with doodles on Monton High Street’s shop window. In exploring form and colour, she creates drawings of positivity and snippets of life; as it was – and as it will be again.

My Utopia sees the two creatives collaborate to craft a meaningful juxtaposition of experiences and artistic disciplines. Together, they combine mediums to construct one whole expression of two very different takes on the city. Most notably, their artwork echoes a journey that evolves out of something desolate and into something hopeful.

The exhibition launches on Thu 4 Aug, where music will be provided by Chris Massey — an integral figure in Manchester’s underground electronic music scene.

Thu 4 Aug, Electrik,
559 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 0AE
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Tue 26 Jul 2022