Exhibition: Plastic&Leather by Joe Hartley 25 Mar

Known as being the bar that made the Northern Quarter what it is, Common is a Manchester institution. Having recently closed for a major refurbishment, the new look Common promises to give art and design a physical presence within the space of the newly designed bar.

The walls of Common have always functioned as a backdrop for innovative artists, but after ten years we thought it was time to perfect what we do and take a step forward.
Jonny Heyes, Common

Ceramist Joe Hartley and interiors and furniture designer-maker Pete Masters were commissioned to be a visionary’s for the new space, which resulted in Joe producing a series of handcrafted pieces for the bar. Joe uses simple, low-tech tools to create his work such as lathes, sewing machines and a potter’s wheel, all crafted from three ingredients: wood, clay and cloth. From Wednesday 1 April you will be able to see lampshades, pump handles and a coffee tamper that Joe has produced forming a physical part of the new Common.

To celebrate the launch of the new bar and as a nod to Joe Harley’s maker practice, Common will host an exhibition of the thought and process behind the custom pieces he has created for the bar. The exhibition will feature photography by Adam Mead, lecturer at University of Central Lancashire who who has captured the tools and methods behind Joe’s work, along with their eventual actualisation.

Join Common to celebrate their reopening on Wednesday 1 April from 6pm. Tell them you are coming along here.


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