To increase security, speed and for a better experience when using our website, we recommend upgrading your browser

Suggested Searches
Section
    0 Results Found
    See all results
    • Blog
    • Urban Splash
    • “I’ve missed you too” – this new art exhibition is on show at Waulk Mill

    Buy or Rent

    Buy or Rent

    Residential or Commercial
    Buy or Rent
    Location
    Scheme
    Search all homes

    Enquiry

    Enquiry

    See our homes from your home

    See our homes from your home

    Get the latest on our new interactive virtual viewings plus all the latest news on how to live, work and stay whilst being at home straight into your inbox.

    Guest blog by Len Grant

    “I’ve missed you too” – this new art exhibition is on show at Waulk Mill

    18 May 2021
    A 3 minute read by Len Grant

    Long-time friend of Urban Splash, and renowned artist and photographer, Len Grant, has unveiled a brand new exhibition in the city – with some of it on show at our Waulk Mill building in Ancoats. Here, Len explains his process behind the new pieces of artwork and his celebration of the vibrant city that we hope will soon come to life once more.

    Like most people I found the third lockdown particularly tough. The days were short, the weather awful, news report routinely depressing. If I wasn't sitting outside during January and February, I'd normally at least sketch the city from the window of a café, or inside a museum or gallery. I wasn’t able to do any of that at the start of 2021.

    I instead used some of my smaller sketches as inspiration. Later, I took snaps during my bike rides into town and it was then that I decided to make a series of 12 large pictures in homage to the city I love.

    A new art installation by Len Grant on show at Waulk Mill in Manchester

    The finished pieces incorporate local landmarks; places such as the Manchester Art Gallery and Central Library as well as less conventional scenes like Oxford Road under the Mancunian Way and the Rusholme Chippy. You’ll also see some Urban Splash houses at New Islington in the pieces too.

    There's a lot of playfulness about the pictures; I actually appear in several of them cycling into town or on an album cover in the record shop window. The other characters – mostly inspired by photographs of passers-by – often make an appearance in several scenes, as if they're passing through the city. One couple, Aldi bag in hand, seems to be taking a circuitous route home.

    A new art installation by Len Grant on show at Waulk Mill in Manchester

    I’ve accompanied the pictures with some words, expressing my feelings and all of the things I’ve missed about the city. I've missed the bus drivers, the tram drivers, the shop assistants, the over-enthusiastic newspaper vendors, the baristas, the traffic wardens, the TV crews taking over whole streets as if they own the place. I've missed the Uber drivers, the Deliveroo riders, the skaters and the goths. I've missed those guides in uniform who tell the tourists how to get to the cathedral.

    I've missed rice 'n' three at This & That. I've missed queuing for a Greggs sausage roll. I've missed a plate of free-range poached eggs, sautéed spinach with homemade hollandaise sauce on a sourdough bloomer. Who'd have thought?

    I've missed settling into a morning’s writing at Central Library only to bump into a friend in the café. I've missed the escalator at Waterstones, transporting you to another world. I've missed cutting through the Royal Exchange Theatre on a rainy day, just because you can.

    A new art installation by Len Grant on show at Waulk Mill in Manchester

    They say cities will change. They say we'll use them less and Zoom more. Not me. I've missed Manchester. I'm glad to be back.

    Now, as more people return to the city post-lockdown, you can view the works not only outside Waulk Mill, where the colourful prints adorn fencing around the building, but also at the Mayfield Depot and in the windows of Qbic, a new hotel opening on Deansgate.

    Urban Splash Newsplash

    Want to be kept in the loop about all things Urban Splash? Then sign up for Newsplash!

    Our monthly news round-up with the latest and freshest news on property development, place-making, housing, architecture, events and careers sent straight to your inbox.

    Looking for something else?