Tim Garner: Social History in the Making 

25. Apr - 28. Jun 14 / ended ARTZU Gallery


Exhibition | Photography | North

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Walking through the streets of Manchester on a daily basis so much seems to change and fluctuate. Old buildings disappear and new glass monoliths appear, an oasis of light and modernity creeping over our urban history and distinctive Northern heritage.

Tim Garner is like a local anthropologist studying our swagger from industrial labourer to desk bound computer geek; tracking our changing habits, with a finger on the pulse of the city’s town planning.

His new work warmly marks the passing of several old historic buildings, photographing and painting their dotage before they retire into memory and rubble.

Inside that memory are the lives of our grandfathers, grandmothers, mothers, fathers and even our younger selves.

A few of you might have rolled out of the old Swan Street pub in Tim's painting on a Saturday night. Or perhaps you can recall the days of the silver screen in the iconic Salford building in 'Corner of Trinity Way'? Behind it’s glorious facade lies an even more reverential past as a place of worship. Slip around a back street and you’ll find its former status preserved in gothic windows.

Buildings shape society, society shapes architecture and this fascinating history is captured in Tim Garner’s layered art work.


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