Manchester Metropolitan University

Tuesday, 10th March 2009

Chinese art exclusive

MIRIAD brings works across globe

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MMU's growing bond with China is bringing an exclusive art show to Manchester.

The city is the only one in Europe to host the State Legacy show, commissioned as a response to China's rapid industrialisation and modernisation.

Contemporary works from some of China's leading artists, include an installation by Wang Guangyi, who has showcased work at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

The Cornerhouse and MMU Holden Gallery will jointly host the exhibition from April 3 to May 24.


As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester provides the perfect home to an exhibition presenting a visual reaction to China's recent industrialisation.

State Legacy is part of the China Project, a project set up within the University by MIRIAD (Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design) to extend its practice activities in art to the Far East.

Professor John Hyatt, director of MIRIAD is spearheading this creative partnership between China and Manchester with numerous projects. He has joined up with Huang Zhuan, director of OCAT (Overseas Chinese Town Contemporary Art Terminal) in curating State Legacy.

Jo Williams, communications manager at Cornerhouse, said: "As well as bringing new international artists to the UK, State Legacy will give audiences the opportunity to see exciting new work not see before outside of China."

Student works

The event will also display works from current MMU students showing their responses to the current economical problems facing the world as a result of industrialisation.

For more go to the MIRIAD website.

Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe with 37,000 students and more than 1,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The University educates and trains large numbers of legal and business professionals, scientists, engineers, teachers, health workers and creative professionals.

The University is in the top three nationally for environmental sustainability and has an 85% research impact rated world-leading and internationally excellent.

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