Client: Manchester Art Gallery
A5 saddle-stitched publication
Litho print

An exhibition catalogue with a twist. We were commissioned by Kate Jesson (curator at Manchester Art Gallery) and Dave Haslam (DJ and author) to design a publication to accompany Dreams Without Frontiers — an exhibition of work exploring Manchester’s cultural reach and impact outside of it’s geographical boundaries. Designed to look like an exhibition guide (so visitors would pick it up and read it) but in fact a selection of essays discussing ideas relating to the exhibition, intending to raise more questions than they answered.

Also connected to this was the opposing idea of ‘living in your head’ – living here in Manchester in the 70s and 80s when the city was still very much grey and grim, but dreaming of cities like New York and Berlin. The publication was particularly concerned with the influence this dreaming might have had on musicians, artists and writers of the time. The publication references this with an experimental Dada-esque layout, taking in the punk and art-school influences on people making zines during the time.