Contemporary Art Exhibitions
Liam Spencer: Irwell: Afterlife
The river Irwell was once the hardest working and filthiest river in the world. Now it is an invaluable wildlife corridor within reach of thousands of people.
This exhibition explores the Irwell and its valley, from its source in Rossendale to its final destination at Salford Quays and the Manchester Ship Canal. Paintings, drawings, photographs and film reveal its post-industrial landscapes and the wildlife which thrives there, often discreet and hidden from view.
The Irwell’s recovery over recent decades has been astonishing. Trout, kingfishers and perhaps most impressively otters, are now present all the way from Rossendale to Salford. At a time when nature is under increasing pressure and bad news dominates the environmental agenda, the Irwell provides an inspiring story of rebirth and hope for the future.
Thursday 22nd December 2022 – Sunday 19th February 2023
Join us for the opening on Thursday 22 December at 7pm – no need to book, just come along.