Photographer Richard Kelly has announced his first-ever solo exhibition Selected Music Works: 1999-2019 at Colony Ancoats this November.
The exhibition, taking place from Friday 15/11 to Tuesday 14/01/2020, will focus on Kelly’s music photography, featuring the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse, Pete Doherty, John Cooper Clarke and more.
Having moved back to Manchester from London in 2018, Kelly discovered a box of his old
music prints, the driving force behind this special exhibition, and has carefully selected key
music works from his archive to be displayed.
Key pieces will include; Arctic Monkeys leaving at the end of the first of a two-night residency at Old Trafford in 2007, Amy Winehouse backstage at Old Trafford while supporting the Arctic Monkeys, a portrait of Pete Doherty on tour in 2007 and John Cooper
Clarke backstage at a Manchester gig in 2005.
Kelly will be showcasing more than 20 photographs, a collection of 20 years’ worth of music
photography dating back from 1999 to 2019. This exhibition will take viewers down memory lane of the UK music scene and how this has evolved to the present day. One of the key prints that will be on display will be Kelly’s ‘Free Ian Brown’, that was taken in
Longsight, Manchester in 1998.
This piece, alongside other selected works, will be available for closed bids at a private preview on the 14/11 at Colony Ancoats.
Funds raised from the sale of Kelly’s ‘Free Ian Brown’ will be donated to British Cultural Archive; a non- profit resource set up to document, highlight and preserve British culture and heritage through documentary and social photography.
Speaking on his exhibition, Richard Kelly said, “The driving force behind this exhibition was
finding a box of my old prints, some of them dating back over 20 years. They document
various bands, some of them having never seen the light of day, I was keen to curate an
exhibition around them and show them to the public for the first time. These are a tangible
piece of music history and documents my life and the excitement of shooting these bands
whilst on tour with them.”
Richard Kelly’s solo exhibition Selected Music Works: 1999-2019 opens on Friday 15/11 at Colony Ancoats, Manchester. The exhibition is free to attend and open to the public until Tuesday 14/01/2020. A private viewing and closed bids will take place on Thursday 14/11.