Manchester Travel Blog› entry 22 of 129 › view all entries
March 19th, 2010 – by: sarahelaine
The Art gallery was nothing special. The downstairs is a total mess, overly full up and badly curated. I can see what they were trying to achieve; the display is sort of about the spirit of Manchester, which is the sort of thing that used to be done extremely well by Urbis (oh, how I miss Urbis!). But there are too many things placed to close together, with too little space to move around and see them.
The upstairs is a bit better done, but could really do with sound baffles in the temporary displays. The acoustics don't help, as even when school groups are being really good they echo and sound like a swimming pool. There was a temporary exhibition about Goya, which was OK, and another one of contemporary Indian, Chinese and Japanese art. Again, it was OK, but I have seen far better in Amsterdam and Edinburgh. It was, again, poorly laid out with no way of knowing what labels applied to which art. I left quite quickly and went to MOSI.
MOSI is the exact opposite. There is a lot to see, and a lot of that is big loud machines. But it is well laid out, interesting, and has the right balance of signs for the grownups and buttons for the kids.
in the evening, we went to see The Automatic play Academy Three, a tiny venue inside the student union. They were really great, and it was weird because a year or so ago they were huge and they played to a crowd of about fifty people, but they were still really energetic and great fun. You should see them if you get the chance.
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