Cornelia Parker: Verso

16 June – 5 November 2017

Cornelia Parker has always been attracted to the backs and undersides of things. While the front presents a conscious and recognisable face to the world, the back is often disorganised, unconscious and ultimately perhaps more honest.

For Verso Cornelia Parker has photographed the backs of hand sewn button cards that are part of the Manchester Galleries’ collection. She has turned these small everyday cards over and has found abstract drawings in the haphazard cotton threads.

Cornelia Parker (b. 1956) transforms everyday objects and experiences into extraordinary works of art. As one of Britain’s most acclaimed artists, she is renowned for Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991), for which she blew up a garden shed and then suspended it and all of its contents mid-explosion, and Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) (2016) which loomed over New York from its position on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. Most recently, Cornelia Parker has been following British politicians on the campaign trail as the Official Election Artist. (Follow her work in progress on Instagram electionartist2017.) Cornelia Parker’s artwork, Verso (2016), has been made during her time as Honorary Professor at The University of Manchester.


Further information:
  • Opening hours: daily 10.00 am-5.00 pm  (until 9pm on Thursday)
  • Location: The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER
  • Getting there: Walk: 20-30 minures from Manchester city centre; Bike: Sheffield stands and lockers (£1 coin, refundable) both available at the gallery; Bus: 15, 41, 42, 43, 140 – 143, 147 – ask for bus stop nearest MRI, Oxford Road; Tram: St Peter’s Square (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot); Train: Oxford Road (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot); Car: On-street parking (maximum stay, 2 hours) on Denmark Road. Nearest car park Cecil Street
  • Admission is free