South Asian Design
19 May 2017 – 27 May 2018
he South Asian countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are famous for their vibrant regional costumes, luxurious textiles and intricately detailed ceramic, stone or metal ornaments. Colour and surface pattern are used with intensity and passion in designs inspired by subjects ranging from spirituality to food and from current affairs to kitsch.
The exhibition also explores how the region’s traditional crafts are inspiring contemporary art, design and fashion. Highlights include art by Adeela Suleman, fashion by Tarun Tahiliani and Manish Arora and product design by Cobalt Designs, Rubberband and Tiipoi. The gallery has also commissioned Halima Cassell to create a stunning new sculpture hand carved in terracotta, South Asia’s most iconic ceramic ware.
This exhibition, spanning the last three centuries, gives a taste of designs and techniques from this incredibly creative, resourceful and culturally diverse part of the world. Historic ceramics, textiles and metalwork from Manchester City Galleries’ historic collections have been specially conserved for display in this exhibition.
- Opening times Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 5.00 pm
- Location Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
- How to get there: By Metrolink – St Peter’s Square or Market Street stations are the nearest Metrolink stations-both are on the Altrincham and Eccles lines; By Bus – Nearest bus stops are in Piccadilly Gardens or on Princess Street; By Train – to Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Victoria stations – take the Metrolink from Victoria or Piccadilly (Altrincham or Eccles direction) to Market Street or St Peter’s Square; By Car – parking is available at the NCP car parks on Chepstow Street, Faulkner Street or Sackville Street – all are within five minutes of the gallery
- This is a free exhibition
- Further information 0161 235 8888