MMU Special Collections

MMU Special Collections Often compared to the Secret Garden - hidden away, our gallery and reading room offer unique collect

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If you are, then this is your chance to see and critique your tutors experimental art in the exhibition Pairings in All Saints Library (3rd Floor). Featuring lecturers Helen Felcey, Alice Kettle, kate Egan, Alex McErlain, Steve Dixon, Sally Morfill and David Crow and many many more... UNTIL 13 NOVEMBER 2010

ARTISTS BOOK FAIR THIS WEEKEND...2 MMU graduates have organised an Artists Book Fair taking place on Sunday 3 October at...
Piccadilly Self Publishing Fair and Exhibition

2 MMU graduates have organised an Artists Book Fair taking place on Sunday 3 October at 'The Piccadilly Place' near Piccadilly train station. There is also an exhibition showcasing artists books from 5-10th October. Find out more at


If you are (or used to be) an MMU student and would like to gain valuable experience working in a gallery please contact [email protected] to discuss the opportunity further or phone 0161 247 6107

NEW EXHIBITION                                                                                    “Pairings: A Conversat...
MMU Special Collections: Exhibitions

NEW EXHIBITION “Pairings: A Conversation” cross-disciplinary collaborations in craft and design. Claire Curneen, Ismini Samanidou, Alice Kettle and Stephen Dixon are among 32 contributors, combining traditional and new practices across various media. MMU Special Collections Gallery. Until 30 November 2010. FREE and open to all

Manchester Metropolitan University Library Special Collections website: Exhibitions

Proof that anyone or anything can have a go at Origami...Green penguin and red nightingale made my the MMU cat

Proof that anyone or anything can have a go at Origami...Green penguin and red nightingale made my the MMU cat

ORIGAMI FANS...MMU's famous Origami Master Nillan Fakira shows you how to fold a Nightingale, Grasshopper and Penguin an...
Nillan Fakira

MMU's famous Origami Master Nillan Fakira shows you how to fold a Nightingale, Grasshopper and Penguin and many more. Its lots of fun... and unlike the classes you can rewind to see where you went wrong! Check out his blog below for the podcasts

These podcast has no accompanying audio narrative. The podcast are meant for you to observe the folds and then for you to try them out.


3rd Floor, Sir Kenneth Green Library, Manchester Metropolitan University, All Sa

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Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm


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So for week 23 of our reflections on previous exhibitions, during lockdown, we are looking at our exhibition called ‘Travels with Turner’ from 2013.

This exhibition is special for a number of reasons. It was our first mini Knowsley tour, being exhibited first in Huyton Gallery between 4 February - 1 June 2013 and then moving to Kirkby Gallery for 29 July - 16 November 2013. It also gave us opportunities to work with a number of local and regional artists, so as to profile their Turner-inspired work and practice, whilst offering a new slant on each leg of the exhibition.

Both shows offered as the core offer, the opportunity to view a series of rarely seen prints by JMW Turner, as part of the ‘Liber Studiorum’ range of prints, on loan to Knowsley Council from Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections. MMU Special Collections

Joseph Mallord William Turner is perhaps the best-loved English Romantic artist. He became known as 'the painter of light', because of his increasing interest in brilliant colours in his landscapes and seascapes. The exhibition gave a fascinating insight into the inspiration behind his imagery, his travels and his lesser known print-based work.

Accompanying both legs of the exhibition, was an opportunity to enjoy a series of landscape photographs taken in and around Knowsley by local photographer Ian Hewitt, that echoed the visual markers and settings of famous paintings by Turner.

Specific to the Kirkby Gallery leg of the show, was an exhibition of work by painters Pete Clarke and George Gartz, who represented an English-German artist collaborative practice. Clarke and the Cologne artist Georg Gartz, who embarked on their own project ‘Turner’s Travels’, saw their work follow Turner’s travels along the Rivers Rhine and Mosel in 2007, Yorkshire 2008, Venice 2009 and the Isle of Wight in 2011, making paintings and drawings based on Turner’s iconic imagery.

Find out more about this and the many other fascinating aspects of this exhibition’s history and reach throughout this week.
For today's Flashback Friday, we've been inspired by the FRIENDS (TV Show) 25th anniversary and are looking back at some photos from our student fashion shows in the 1990s, kindly shared with us by MMU Special Collections. 🤩

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We loved the launch yesterday of 'Ruskin's Manchester: "Devil's Darkness" to Beacon City' at MMU Special Collections at Manchester Metropolitan University. Congratulations to Curator Dr Rachel Dickinson on a fantastic exhibition!
It is part of Ruskin in Manchester Festival and global celebrations. Exhibition runs 24 June - 23 Aug 2019 and is free entry! Why not take a look?
There is plenty of fascinating art on display, with image 2 showcasing the fabulous 'Ruskin's Manchester' map designed by Michelle Shore Illustration. Find out more about Michelle's work, and the work of other Manchester School of Art students in our earlier article here:

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