If you are in Manchester over the next few weeks try and catch The First Cut, an amazing exhibition featuring the work of thirty one artists who transform the humble piece of paper into works of art. Above is a replica motorcycle sculpted from paper by Chris Jones. He also made The Earl, a paper skeleton who overlooks Manchester Art Gallery’s entrance, from high end fashion magazines and vintage encyclopedias.
The exhibition features many new pieces of art, including a huge Rob Ryan piece, an enchanted forest of giant paper leaves, revolvers and grenades made of banknotes and birds swooping along the wall crafted from old maps.
The second time I visited I took my son and he borrowed one of the art explorers belts free from the gallery. He enjoyed watching the paper cogs turn on a bike chain and looking at the art through different coloured lenses.
Characters literally jump out of books, seed packets create a wildlife garden, it is stunning. I never realised paper art could be so inspiring.
The First Cut at Manchester Art Gallery until 27th January 2013. Entry Free.