On Wednesday 5 October, Bruntwood’s new flagship building, Neo, which is currently under development, will host Skyline Manchester, an exhibition of large scale artworks by acclaimed photographer and GM arts prize winner Andrew Brooks. The exhibition is in partnership with Design Manchester, and includes imagery commissioned for its DM16 city-wide festival of design, launching on 12th October.
Skyline Manchester brings together newly commissioned photography and existing works that focus on the skyline and architecture of the city. With views from some of its most iconic buildings, including a view of Neo during its development, this is a unique collection that shows modern Manchester at its most dynamic. Brooks captures these views in vivid detail. Each image is built digitally from up to two hundred separate photographs. Through this process, the complexity of the city is shown in all its detail and the light and colour is refined to give them an almost painterly atmosphere.
Andrew Brooks comments: ‘I feel incredibly lucky to get to visit these rooftops with such amazing views of Manchester. I aim to show how it felt to be up high, watching the city; from a single person rushing below, to huge new buildings rising amongst tower cranes.’
Design Manchester’s DM16 will celebrate the part that design plays in making Manchester and other cities great to live in., from architecture to culture and world class media, start-ups and studios in creative tech, shops for a design-conscious generation and the return of craft in everything from beer to print in the new culture of making. John Owens, DM16 director and co-curator, comments: ‘Andrew Brooks captures the unexpected, producing cityscapes that are familiar, but need closer inspection to really appreciate the detail. We were honoured to work with him on DM16’s Design City campaign, working together to reflect how design weaves through the fabric of the city, even when it goes unnoticed.’
This will be Neo’s first event, marking its intent to collaborate with the creative industries and businesses with a creative outlook. Neo will have a dedicated on-site Community Manager to develop the building’s internal social network, running a programme of events that also takes in health and wellbeing, social networking and business support.
Peter Crowther, Director of Property at Bruntwood, comments: ‘We are delighted to be working with Andrew Brooks to deliver this unique showcase at Neo. It reflects our commitment to showcasing Manchester artists at neo as well as our passion for the Manchester Skyline which we have been able to play a part in evolving.’
Neo is due for completion in early 2017.