‘To the South, There is a Great Land’

Saturdays 12-4pm by appointment, contact Nat:

Division of Labour Gallery, E Philip St, Salford, M3 7LE

‘To the south there is a great land’ considers community support in relation to contemporary art, football, and Luton Town Football Club by repositioning specific local culture in the south within the context of Salford, Greater Manchester.

Dominic Allan and curator Andrew Hunt and are taking banners, flags and physical ephemera from Luton’s Kenilworth Road (the club’s home for nearly one hundred years will soon be replaced with new stadium) with political intent, by making new flags and banners. Based on growing up in Luton (Allan and Hunt were both born in Luton and Dunstable Hospital and grew up in the area), this new work considers personal geography as underdog, post-industrial youth  Luton is often seen as a northern town transposed in the south, due to its hat-making heritage – social mobility, together with post- or late-Marxist rhetoric. The commission at Division of Labour is a bespoke installation of everything collected and made.

This is a full-frontal archaic art installation as intellectualised, extended ‘away day’. With the honest ‘village voice’ repurposed within Salford. These are two towns as ‘new best mates’: sky satellites on the shoulder of giants, beyond the wink of the metropolis. This is art made on a budget, for everyone, forever. As a migratory, politicised comment. Pound-land Warhol. The language of the everyman with fifteen minutes elsewhere. Karl Marx and Eric Morecambe. Our day in the sun.

(A private view event will be held on May 25th, 6 - 8pm)

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