Monday, 4 February 2013



Walking past the Manchester Museum last week, I asked Chris if he'd ever been there. "No. I've lived here all my life, so I could go at any time. Theoretically". City-dwellers live such busy lives that often we neglect to take full advantage of where we live, putting it off as theoretically we could go anytime. We just don't. We'd rather spend our free time catching extra zeds in bed.. or you do if you're anything like me.

So I've decided I want to try and explore a bit more of Manchester, even if it just works out once a month; easing myself into this pledge by visiting the Cornerhouse. This is a delightful indie cinema-cum-cafe-cum-gallery which sits on the crossroads of Oxford Road and Whitworth Street. There are three floors of galleries, each small but perfectly formed - which are also free to visit.

As hard as I've tried I've never been a fan of art you have to think about too much, that has to be explained by a plaque on the side. That makes me sound very dim but I have come to realise this is more to do with my short attention span than my intelligence; I like to look at a piece of art, appreciate it straight away, then move on. Bright colours, shiny things and tactility are good for this, which is why Four in the first floor gallery pleased me so much. The name represents the four commissions (one of which was closed upon my visit, go figure) by four UK artists. I love all that's going on in the neon oversized petri dishes (I think I'd like to wear them as hats. That's something else that I like in art, visualising myself wearing it) and also trying to figure out which end is the head of the stony animal-ish thing in the middle of the room.

The top two galleries housed Rosa Barba's Subject to Constant Change. This exhibition was more abstract and required added thought, though the films were aesthetically pleasing and could easily be appreciated by those lacking in attention span (yep.. me). The main piece starred a group of local residents who used different objects from the past to reflect on the end of the industrial age. Filmed in the abandoned Albert Hall, it's quite surreal, and it's worth watching it all to see the kooky things the actors get up to.

After you're done with the galleries it's always worth a look in the book shop, especially if you're a magazine geek - there's loads of glossy film, art and photography mags, with the occasional rare fashion publication - plus the cinema shows the best of modern film, normally with a cult classic running along the side.

Most of the week the galleries are open until 8pm (6pm on Sunday) so good for a cultural fix before you partake in that other Great British cultural favourite.. going to the pub.

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  1. Totally know what you mean, I really need to explore Manchester more!! Yay thriftette tee, looks well good on you might have to steal one for myself!


  2. Wow ,cute Pictures! Love your Outfit :)
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    kisses :)

  3. In all my years living in Manchester, I have never been to the cornerhouse, despite protesting everytime I will. The exhibitions look very interesting.

    Lola x

  4. I'm the same there's so much of London I've yet to explore! I agree about art too, but I think it's because I am actually dim haha! xxx

  5. Love the photos- this sounds like such a good idea. There's so many places where I live that I really should explore too!
    Daniella x

  6. oh nice pictures! juss came across ur blog wld love it if u wanna drop by my blog and follow if u like :)

  7. You really should go to the manchester museum too, I used to go all the time when I was little. There's mummys (including one who was mummified with an erection, which has been a source of much hilarity for many years, including on several school trips), stuffed animals and at the very top a bunch of alive animals, in tanks in a vivarium/aquarium.

    The Girl Who Looks Like a Cake

  8. saying that, I think I've only been to the cornerhouse once or twice....


  9. The cinema at the Cornerhouse is £8

  10. ah, i've been dying to get hold of a pair of wildfox sunnies, thanks for the link!

    Katie x


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