We Face Forward | Art from West Africa

It was the last day of the ‘We Face Forward’ exhibition in Manchester on Sunday, and as we had intended to visit all Summer we eventually managed to get along to Manchester Art Gallery and check it out!

On the way up to the main exhibition we enjoyed Emeka Ogboh’s soundwork outside the front of the gallery and Aboubakar Fofana’s ‘Obsessions’ sculpture as we went up in the lift.

Other highlights included the amazing ‘In the World But Don’t Know the World?’ by El Anatsui and the 7m long textile ‘Power and Religion (Pouvoir et Religion)’ by Abdoulaye Konaté.

In the second room artists explored environmental topics which was of particular interest to our seven year old, as we watched Abdoulaye Armin Kane’s film about power cuts and explored topics ranging from pollution to climate change.

If you missed it you can find out more about ‘We Face Forward’ here

http://www.wefaceforward.org/

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The Steampunk Gazette

Always keen to keep ahead of what’s cool, something that has caught our eye recently is the fashion / literature and design genre of Steampunks.

Jessie became interested in Steampunks when she went to the Boomtown Fair festival this summer. Recently we noticed this publication advertised in ‘The World of Interiors’ magazine so we look forward to getting our hands on a copy when it is released next week.

Steampunks live in a style that takes inspiration from the Victorian / wild west era but also takes elements from science fiction and fantasy. It is a style that is incorporated through fashion, art, architecture and music culture. It takes inspiration from elaborate Victorian clothing and the fanatics are passionate about manufacturing machinery and gadgets that were inspired by fictional machinery that came from Victorian culture and stories.

This was one of the amazing inventions Jessie saw at Boomtown, we love it!