Urban illustrations

Greater Manchester’s finest illustrators have created works inspired by Manchester and Salford as part of an exhibition to raise money for local charity the Wood Street Mission.

The show has been organised by Wood Street’s Creative Friends, a collective of creative professionals who have come together to help the charity.

Rob Fisher
Rob Fisher

Following an open call for entries, 30 illustrators’ takes on Manchester and Salford have been selected for the Manchester and Salford Illustrated exhibition.

Nicola Anderson
Nicola Anderson

Works going on show – each of which will be available for £25, with all proceeds going to charity – include Nicola Anderson’s collection of city landmarks and Barney Ibbotson’s ‘modern Manchester coat of arms’.

Barney Ibbotson
Barney Ibbotson

Ibbotson says, ‘As an illustrator I’m interested in shapes, patterns and textures so I decided to focus on those that portray the city’s innovations and architecture, combining cotton, warehouse windows, cogs and wheels, railway tracks, early chemical symbols and a new version of Lancashire’s red rose.’

Daniel Russell
Daniel Russell

A student competition has run alongside the main exhibition, with trainee illustrators asked to respond to the same brief. The results will be announced at the exhibition’s launch.

James O'Connell
James O’Connell

Stephen Hey, of Wood Street’s Creative Friends, says, ‘We’re staging this exhibition to increase awareness of the immense commercial illustration talent we have here in Manchester and Salford, and to share new perspectives on both cities. Every penny raised will directly help local children living in poverty.’

Manchester and Salford Illustrated runs at Creative Lynx, 52 Princess Street, Manchester, from 28 October-10 November.

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