Northern Quarter bar Common to reopen with art exhibition

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Northern Quarter institution and GS client Common is back with a whole new look after a major revamp says the Manchester Evening News.

The Edge Street bar and kitchen has converted its basement to create room for an extra 30 covers and has roped in local artists and designers to help create a fresh new look for the entire space.

They include ceramicist Joe Hartley, who has handcrafted lampshades, pump handles and a coffee tamper for the venue, which will reopen on April 1 for the preview of an exhibition exploring the thought and process behind them.

Plastic&Leather will also feature photography by Adam Mead, a lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and a former exhibitor in Common’s Kestrel Suite, who has captured the tools and methods behind Joe’s work, along with the pieces themselves.

It will be the first of many exhibitions in the newly-refurbished bar, which has championed the city’s art and design scene since it launched over a decade ago.

Jonny Heyes, of Common, said: “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. Now we’re making art and design a physical part of the space itself.”

Read more about Common here. 

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