Extraordinary: Everyday objects & actions in contemporary art

25 Jul 2015 – 18 Oct 2015

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Sunday to Friday from 11am – 5pm. Saturdays from 10am – 5pm

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The Lowry

Manchester, United Kingdom


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'Extraordinary: Everyday objects and actions in contemporary art' brings together artists from the UK and Europe who use banal objects or deceptively simple actions to turn the everyday into art. Playful, imaginative and interactive, the exhibition will offer creative inspiration for families of all ages.


Artists have been using everyday objects in their work for over 100 years, turning banal objects into works of art either in their original state or in adapted forms. This playful approach to contemporary art can also be extended to the quintessential everyday object: the human body; an object that we all own and can be used to initiate, create and facilitate creative expression. By working with everyday objects and the human body in this way, artists offer viewers accessible and identifiable ways to engage with contemporary practice.
Via a collection of renowned visual artists including Bruce Nauman, Karina Smigla-Bobinski and Willi Dorner this exhibition will present artworks in an engaging and imaginative way, allowing visitors to interact and contribute to the fabric of the exhibition through selected works while offering further activities and inspiration for families of all ages.

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Exhibiting artists

Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk

Erwin Wurm

Willi Dorner

Karina Smigla-Bobinksi


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