Kimpton Clocktower Hotel is today announcing a brand new free exhibition, curated by visual artist Emma Evans in partnership with six other creators.

Following Hamilton: The story of tonight, where guests could get a glimpse into the world-famous production, Kimpton Clocktower will be home to a brand new collection of multi-platform art celebrating the city: Tales of Manchester 2.0.

Opening to the public from 8pm on Thursday 4 April, the exhibition which is the second of its kind, will showcase six spoken word pieces by established Manchester based poets: Griot Gabriel (as seen at Glastonbury 2023), Ilaria Passeri, Lisa O’Hare, Mark Jackson aka Keith’s Brother, Matt Concannon aka The Thirsty Poet and Sarah Attwell.

Making it a truly unique collection of art and the second of its kind, the spoken word will be paired with visual pieces painted by self-taught artist Emma Evans, where the words have served as inspiration for the visual art, as Emma has listened to the words during the painting process.

With over 20 years of residence in Manchester after moving to study here from Leeds, Emma Evans considers herself a proud Mancunian: “I fell in love with the city and its spirit – the way creatives come together in Manchester is pretty unique and I love working with different artists – visual and spoken word creatives.

“Manchester has changed a lot since we did the first Tales of Manchester series and it felt right to get working on a 2.0. I was excited to see what the poets came up with, especially Lisa O’Hare and The Thirsty Poet who were part of the first exhibition back in 2022.”

A glimpse of Tales of Manchester (2022) visual work and poetry will be available to view alongside the new installation from the day of launch.

With all written and painted work created specifically for the exhibition, the installation is very much in line with Kimpton Clocktower’s values and mission to promote and support Mancunian talent.

Kelly Andreasson, hotel manager at Kimpton Clocktower, adds: “We’re extremely excited to be exhibiting this unique installation curated by Emma Evans. We love nurturing and spotlighting local talent, as well as putting the focus on different art forms – Tales of Manchester 2.0 has been a long time coming and we can’t wait for our guests and visitors to Refuge to finally see it.”

Tales of Manchester 2.0 will be a free to view exhibition on the walls at The Refuge from 8pm on Thursday 4 April 2024 until the end of May 2024.


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