Major summer exhibition launches North West's newest art space

PUBLISHED: 17:40 08 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:38 20 February 2013

Major summer exhibition launches North West's newest art space

Major summer exhibition launches North West's newest art space

Acclaimed British artist Matthew Houlding is using a major summer exhibition in the North West's newest art space to unveil his latest piece of work to a UK audience.

Acclaimed British artist Matthew Houlding is using a major summer exhibition in the North West's newest art space to unveil his latest piece of work to a UK audience.

Matthew, who lives and works in Todmorden, is one of impressive trio of internationally-celebrated contemporary artists showcasing their work at the launch event.

In Wonder is the title of the first ever exhibition at VOX in regenerated New East Manchester a cutting-edge venue that aims to bring contemporary art to a whole new audience.

It will also highlight the work of Swedish Artist Johanna Billing and Manchester-based Pat Flynn.

Matthew is using In Wonder to unveil a completely new piece entitled Black Neon Tetra.

His sculptures and collages draw the viewer into a fantastic, retro-futuristic world, inspired by architectural forms and models, modernism and a childhood spent in East Africa. Matthews recent sculptures and collages are a homage to the utopian zeal of modern architecture and Hockney's Bigger Splash painting.

The piece Johanna she will bring to North audiences is called, 'Magical World' a highly acclaimed video projection filmed in Zagreb. It has been described as a beautiful and poignant piece, presenting a glimpse of a country in transformation.

Pat Flynns digitally-generated work involves photographic images, animation and installation. He draws on ideologies, processes, themes and sentiments found in Hollywood films, computer games, consumer goods and advertising.

The month-long show will open with a special preview on Thursday July 21.Three separately themed exhibitions are planned in the inaugural year at VOX, which will operate as a non-profit gallery.

VOX is a pioneering collaboration between top Manchester restaurant Vermilion and project space The International 3 in a pioneering project to bring the very best of contemporary art to new audiences in the North.

Paulette Terry Brien, co-director of The International 3, said In Wonder will explore ideas of utopia, imagined and fictionalised worlds.

She said: Whilst very different, their works are both challenging and appealing and will ask questions of and stimulate visitors to VOX.

This project with Vermilion is a great opportunity to experiment in bringing new audiences in contact with high quality, engaging contemporary art and that is certainly what In Wonder seeks to do.

Vermilion, next to Sport City in Ancoats, it has been one of the major drivers of regeneration in New East Manchester since opening on Hulme Hall Lane.

The renowned Thai and Indian restaurant and high class cocktail lounge bar is owned by Seamark, a global leader in the food sector based in Manchester.

It has operations in Manchester, Bangladesh and New York and has been actively involved in educational and charitable work both in the UK and on the Indian sub-continent.

Manzur Ahmed, son of Seamark founder Iqbal Ahmed, is Vermilion managing director. He said: We are extremely excited about the calibre of artists that have chosen to exhibit at our new art space and the significant works they are bringing to Manchester.

Art, music, food and design has always been a massive passion of mine and I am fortunate to be involved in all four. I want to create Vermilion as an international brand to show the world how Manchester is a city at the forefront of food, design, music and art, rather than just football.

Our aim is to bring the world of contemporary art to a different audience, and to be part of a project that engages and gives a taste of the fantastic work being created by artists both in the North West and internationally: In Wonder will certainly do that.

Based near Piccadilly Station in Manchester, The International 3 has evolved out of the citys vibrant artistic community. It produces a year round programme of new commissions, solo shows, group exhibitions and events, including residencies.

The International 3 is a not for profit company run by directors Paulette Terry Brien and Laurence Lane and has a growing reputation for its work promoting artists based in the North.

As it evolves VOX also aims to develop and link up with major contemporary artistic events being held in Manchester throughout the year.

The International 3 has been involved in a number of high-profile contemporary art projects in recent times.

Paulette said: Over the last few years The International 3 has worked increasingly off-site involved in a range of projects that bring contemporary art to new audiences and VOX is a continuation of that process.

In 2008, as part of the inaugural Asia Triennial Manchester, we worked with Beijing-based artist, Han Bing, whose large scale public performance, Cabbage Walk, saw 100 volunteers taking Savoy cabbages for a walk on dog leads across city centre Manchester.

More recently we have taken on the role of curatorial coordinator for The Manchester Contemporary, an art fair in the city centre.

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