First permanent LomoWall in the world
CityCo, Piccadilly Partnership and Lomography UK are proud to have installed the world’s first ever permanent LomoWall exhibition in Manchester. LomoWall Manchseter was unveiled on 26 July to celebrate the start of the 2012 Canal Festival.
LomoWall Manchester features on Tariff Street in the Piccadilly Basin area of the Northern Quarter, and adds to the area’s already burgeoning street art scene.
A LomoWall is an actual physical wall, covered by thousands of snap shot-sized analogue (film, not digital) photographs. Famous for the distinctive waves of undulating colour, LomoWall’s abstract appearance comes from the thousands of printed images taken by fans of Lomography cameras from around the world.
Close up, visitors can enjoy each photo individually, but when viewed from afar the LomoWall resembles a fascinating mosaic artwork in its own right.
30M, 14,000 image LomoWall
LomoWall Manchester has been generated using general public submissions and via workshops at Lomography Gallery Store Manchester on Oldham Street..
The wall inhabits a 30m space (previously an unrendered, grey wall) owned by Town Centre Securities who kindly granted permission for the artwork, and is made up of over 14,000 individual photographs taken by over 1000 Lomography fans.
Why we’re so excited
Linda Scott, Marketing Manager at Lomography UK said:
“Lomography has been actively searching for the right place for a permanent LomoWall exhibition in the UK to celebrate our 20th birthday this year. The street art landscape that is developing in Manchester currently is totally inspiring to us at Lomography and the ethos behind this sits perfectly with both our ideas and those of our community. We are absolutely delighted to have this first permanent LomoWall exhibition hosted by CityCo and TCS in the Piccadilly Basin.”
Vaughan Allen, chief executive of CityCo, Manchester’s city centre management company said:
“It’s fantastic that Lomography is making Manchester the world’s first location for a permanent LomoWall. This will really enhance the Piccadilly Basin and create a destination for visitors who may not have discovered this part of the city before. This summer we’re celebrating Manchester’s waterways, one of the city’s best assets, and a stunning new piece of public art that will be seen the world over is a wonderful way of doing that.”
Suzanne Gallagher, Asset Manager for Town Centre Securities (TCS) said:
“We’re really pleased to be able to offer this wall as a blank canvass for Lomography to create a work of art that visitors to the area can enjoy. Over the past few years TCS has invested heavily in regenerating the Piccadilly Basin, improving the waterways, restoring historic buildings and designing architecturally impressive new ones, to create high quality retail and office space. The LomoWall is a welcome addition to the urban landscape in this attractive canalside setting.”
CityCo and Piccadilly Partnership would like to thank Lomography UK, Town Centre Securities, BDP, NQ2022, Aviva Investors at Westminster House, for helping us to build and install this amazing exhibition in Manchester.
Go See It!
LomoWall Manchester, Tariff St, Manchester, M1 2FJ
Follow Tariff St around, past the Marco clothes factory and the wall is on your left, next to the Urban Exchange Shopping Centre (Aldi, M&S, Pure Gym).
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