Tuesday, 19 July 2011


An impressive trio of internationally-celebrated contemporary artists will showcase their work in the first art exhibition in the new non-profit art gallery: ‘VOX’ at top Manchester restaurant Vermilion this summer.

The acclaimed venue has teamed up with Manchester’s leading exhibition and project space ‘The International 3’ in a pioneering project to bring the very best of contemporary art to new audiences in the North West.

‘In Wonder’ is the title of the first exhibition at the restaurant-gallery collaboration which is a first for the region. The month-long show will open with a special preview on Thursday July 21 till August 21st,every day 9.30am till 11pm
They include Swedish artist Johanna Billing. The work that she will bring to North West audiences is called, 'Magical World' – a highly acclaimed video projection filmed in Zagreb. It has been described as a “beautiful and poignant” piece, presenting a glimpse of a country in transformation.

She will be joined at VOX by Manchester-based artist Pat Flynn. His digitally-generated work involves photographic images, animation and installation.

Pat Flynn draws on ideologies, processes, themes and sentiments found in Hollywood films, computer games, consumer goods and advertising.

Critics say: “Flynn presents a fictionalised world full of cliché and pathos, a constructed sublime for passive beings.”

The third artist exhibiting at ‘In Wonder’ is Matthew Houlding, who lives and works in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Like his colleagues, he has exhibited widely across the UK and Europe.

Houlding's sculptures and collages draw the viewer into a fantastic, retro-futuristic world, inspired by architectural forms and models, modernism and a childhood spent in East Africa. His recent sculptures and collages are a homage to the utopian zeal of modern architecture and Hockney's Bigger Splash painting.

Paulette Terry Brien, co-director of The International 3, said ‘In Wonder’ will explore ideas of utopia, imagined and fictionalised worlds and we are delighted to have secured the work of these three outstanding artists for the first show at VOX’

“Our aim is to bring the world of contemporary art to a different audience, and to be part of a project that engages and gives our guests a taste of the fantastic work being created by artists both in the North West and internationally: ‘In Wonder’ will certainly do that.

“As with Vermilion and Cinnabar, VOX will be an experience that will engage the senses.
In Wonder at VOX Gallery at Vermilion begins on Thursday July 21.
For information on viewings, please email VOX@vermilioncinnabar.co.uk

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