"They Said, We Said" at The John Rylands Library

Posted on the 22nd January 2016

Earlier this week we were privileged to accompany our Pure Studio Artists as they visited an exhibition of their work at the world famous John Rylands Library, in the heart of Manchester.

“They Said, We Said”, exhibited in the library’s breathtaking Historic Reading Room, are a series of contemporary responses to historic and memorable quotes by some of the world’s most noted literary figures including Francis Bacon, John Milton and, of course, the Bard himself; William Shakespeare.

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Statues of the authors, philosophers and playwrights themselves gaze down upon the amazing and moving pieces the artists created in response to their words.

The interpretations of the classic quotes draw the viewer into the lives of the artists, and the work is both evocative and deeply touching.

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Artists Kathryn Wheeler and Sarah Bradbury were on hand and keen to show us their work, of which they are immensely and justifiably proud.

Kathryn took us through the processes used and hard work that went into creating the collaborative collage images used to highlight the classic quotes; each a joint effort and the result of several artists’ contributions.

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Drawing inspiration from Johann Goethe’s words on the nature of magic and self belief, Sarah conjured a short fantastical story from her own imagination and then brought it to life in a distinctive inked piece evoking memories of the beautiful ruins of Whitby Abbey.

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Having the artists take us through their thoughts and methods was a real treat, and the strength of the artwork and the beautiful surroundings were having a visible effect on all of the day’s patrons, ourselves included!

A well-deserved celebratory lunch at the library rounded off the day, before the artists returned to the studio to think about their next big projects.

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“They Said, We Said” runs until the 29th of April 2016, in the Historic Reading Room of The John Rylands Library and more details can be found on the library’s own website here.

If you are interested in learning more about our Pure Studio Supported Art facilities, please contact us via this link, and see our online art galleries here.

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