Bruntwood art shows off views

A free art exhibition opens on Friday in the entrance of City Tower in Manchester that shares the view from the 24th floor of the building.

HOME, an exhibition by local artist Neil Dimelow, is a detailed drawing of Manchester that illustrates the City Tower panorama from Piccadilly to the Pennines, Whitworth Street to Winter Hill.

Dimelow spent a year capturing the views working in pencil in three-hour shifts. Drawings were then scanned, digitised, scaled up and coloured as they made the journey from drawing pad to artist's print. Each of the 12 pieces have been reproduced at two metres high.

Dimelow said: "I was blown away by the views from floor 24 of City Tower when I first experienced them and relished the opportunity to create the work featured in the HOME exhibition. I drew three drawings from each face of City Tower and the four sets join to form a 360-degree panorama of the city. Each aspect contains many memories and associations of a place I am very happy to call my home."

Bruntwood's chairman Michael Oglesby said: "Bruntwood's active arts sponsorship programme focuses on seeking out and supporting the new and the innovative. Neil's work has captured the city, reflecting its beauty along with the chaos, in a unique and original way. We wanted to share this and give everyone the opportunity to appreciate the view from City Tower."

The exhibition's curator, Phil Griffin of Pop Up Gallery, said: "Neil's work is as meticulous as it is intriguing. It is arrestingly contemporary. Many people draw the city, but no one quite like him."

As part of their commitment to donating ten per cent of profits to arts, charity and environmental activity each year, Bruntwood has established a long tradition of supporting visual artists by purchasing and commissioning works of art to feature within its own buildings and in other public spaces.

HOME by Neil Dimelow opens to the public from Friday 23 March and will run for at least two months.

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