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Magnus Quaife: While England Mourns

04 May 2018 - 30 June 2018

Friday 04 May 2018 - Saturday 30 June 2018
Open 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. Closed Sunday & Monday.

Gallery Four, Touchstones Rochdale
The Esplanade
OL16 1AQ


A food riot in 18th century Manchester meets the iconic, nearrevolution of Paris 1968 in Manchester-based artist, Magnus Quaife’s newly-commissioned, multi-dimensional voyage into civil disobedience, language and unsung folk heroes.

Quaife draws first on the legend of oft-forgotten Milnrow school master John Collier, known by the pseudonym, Tim Bobbin. A self-anointed ‘Hogarth of the North’, Collier’s work as a self-tutored writer, painter and caricaturist recorded the darker side of provincial life in the 18th century in a distinct Lancashire dialect, including ‘the shudehill fight’ in Manchester during November 1757.

Working in foil-lined insulation board, a material more often reserved for construction projects, Quaife revives imagery of the 1968 Paris student uprisings during the 50th anniversary of those events, referring to classic poster designs to find contemporary equivalence to the grotesque characters, humour and cynicism found in Colliers work, while considering where truth and myth lies in collective cultural and political memory.

Entry fee: Free

Contact: Touchstones Rochdale
01706 924928

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