Local photographer and Salford artist take positive look at Manchester lockdown

Richard’s images were taken on his daily walks, while Emma made a name for herself with doodles on Monton High Street’s shop windows

Local photographer Richard Kelly and Salford artist Emma Evans have collaborated to bring together two sides of Manchester’s lockdown story in a new project, titled ‘My Utopia.’

To be hosted at the Carlton Club in Whalley Range next month, the exhibition marks a turning point in the pandemic and aims to put a positive spin on days past.

Richard’s images, taken on his daily walks, are a reflection of the city and its outskirts during a bleak time for Manchester.

The images are a reflection of isolation, and a stark reminder of the pandemic.

Emma – who made a name for herself during lockdown with doodles on Monton High Street’s shop windows – creates doodles of positivity and snippets of life as it was and as it will be again.

The collaboration is a juxtaposition of experiences, artistic disciplines and two very different takes on the city, but creates a positive body of work. 

The works come together to create a reflection of Manchester over the last eighteen months, and offer a bright look into the future – showing Manchester in a new light.

To celebrate the re-opening of the city and a nod in the right direction, the pair will be showcasing their work at the Carlton Club, in Whalley Range.

The Carlton Club, known as ‘the social,’ is an apt venue for such an exhibition and celebration of collaboration.

Drinks will be provided by sponsors Sipsmith Gin and Collective Arts Europe. Manchester DJ’s Chris Massey and Sprechen Music will supply the tunes.

The exhibition has also been printed, bound and made into a book which is available to buy now, alongside prints on the My Utopia website: myutopiaproject.com.

The ‘My Utopia’ showcase opens on 2nd September 2021 at 7pm at the Carlton Club in Whalley Range. Tickets are free and can be secured here.


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