Heart & Sold at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
March 27, 2016
Attending art exhibitions can often be an overwhelming and demanding experience. Venues such as Manchester’s Home house exhibitions ambitious, exciting and interesting but often over complicated. Therefore when I visit a gallery, that moves me without requiring vast amounts of thought, makes me laugh but is void of cynicism and is interesting without being evidently intellectual, it makes me a very happy chappy.
Salford Museum & Art Gallery is currently home to such an exhibition. Heart & Sold is an exhibition of work produced by artists with Down syndrome and incorporates all sorts of varied art, from ceramic sonic screwdriver sculptures to glass works, painting and photography.
It was inspiring to see materials utilised and handled in novel and new ways, beautiful images created with humble supplies such as felt tips, spilt tea and biros.
Subjects range from ‘Old Trafford’, rendered by Tim Nixon in colourful felt tip pens, to ‘Snow White & 7 people with disability’ described by Fionn Crombie Angus in line drawing and tea stains. Josephine Goddard depicts the story of Harry Potter in amazing detail, taking her almost a year to complete; she uses thick acrylics to paint dragons, the gates of Hogwarts, Ron Weasley’s rat and quotes from the books.
The exhibition is on until the 5th of June with references ranging from Jackson Pollock to One Direction, there’s something for everyone.