Article published: Wednesday, July 11th 2012
Rarekind launches its first Manchester exhibition on Friday at 2022NQ, bringing together artists just as accustomed to street art as the smaller canvas. It will include work by Faunagraphic whose mural painting in the Northern Quarter is the largest wall ever to be painted in Manchester city centre. Ian Pennington looks forward to the event.
Street art has had a burgeoning presence in Manchester during recent years with Eurocultured Festival annually inviting artists to adorn the walls along New Wakefield Street and last summer’s open Graff Jam event in Hulme proving a success. Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter regularly benefits from creativity visible to the public, including HldTght’s decoration of Soup Kitchen’s shutters in December 2010 and Him Hallows’ sci-fi inspired art on the Out House central reservation project, which is sponsored by Fred Aldous.
Sheffield based Faunagraphic’s infamous bird painting is located on the side of a building nearby and at 27 by 22 metres became the largest wall to be painted with artwork in Manchester city centre when completed in November 2011. This followed on from her debut Manchester show at the now-closed Mooch N4 gallery in July 2010
For the Rarekind exhibition, Faunagraphic will present some scaled down artwork across her trademark themes of fantasy, nature and organic shapes alongside her partner Rocket01, a former HldTght collaborator Mr Penfold, Hammo and others handpicked by the Rarekind Manchester (RK/M) illustration agency.
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