Art exhibition celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee in Manchester

An art exhibition celebrating the life and reign of Her Majesty The Queen is coming to Manchester city center in June.

Presented at the ABC Gallery on Quay Street, the exhibition will showcase a range of unique pieces including photography, embroidery, sculpture, neon art and more. The exhibition will be part of a wider weekend of activities to launch the ABC Buildings, which are 1960s buildings that have been refurbished to form a creative hub in central Manchester.

’70 The Exhibition’, a group exhibition curated by Monica Colussi to celebrate Her Majesty Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, has been commissioned to mark the launch of the ABC Buildings in Enterprise City and will be housed within the ABC Gallery. ABC Gallery provides a prominent ground floor space in the eponymous 1960s mid-century ABC Buildings, a creative hub in central Manchester.

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’70 The Exhibition’ is an art exhibition in Manchester in June 2022, celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of HM Elizabeth II

ABC Buildings, operated by All Work & Social, is set to officially launch with a weekend full of events and activities. The leading operator of work and hospitality spaces has chosen art curator, Monica Colussi, to present a collection of over 30 unique pieces, incorporating sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, video, neon art, mosaics and textiles from a wide range of artists, paying homage to the festive occasion.

This will be the first event of the launch of ABC Building. 70 The exhibition will open on June 16, 2022, for the vernissage, before being open to the public from June 17 to July 28.



Photo by Monica Colussi
Monica Colussi, curator of ’70 The Exhibition’, an art exhibition celebrating Her Majesty Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, to be held in Manchester in June 2022

Opening weekend will take place June 17-19 to showcase ABC Buildings, including its new rooftop terrace and unique glass dome. The terrace space will host food trucks, a vintage flea market, outdoor screenings of a series of classic Manchester films, DJs, live music, a silent 60s disco and a Northern Soul cover .

The weekend’s events will culminate on June 19 with a Wellness and Family Sunday, which includes morning yoga on the rooftop terrace, juice and breakfast in the dome, a stand-up comedy All Queens at Side Street Studio, a classic 60s football game and kids rave in the dome, hosted by the famous Big Fish Little Fish.

Side Street Studio, located on the corner of Quay Street and Lower Byrom Street, will be the ABC Buildings’ signature bar and creative lifestyle space. Monica Colussi has created an exhibit that both salutes HM the Queen while adding to her legacy and worship.

A collection of existing and commissioned works will be on display, weaving a narrative through his extraordinary life. He incorporates multiple mediums and provokes conversation, making it an opportunity to celebrate both his private and public persona.



Queen artwork, created by Greg Brennan
Greg Brennan- Inonic Images- Stamp of Approval- 2015 Signed gelatin silver print, edition 2 of 25

The exhibition reveals the common artistic language of 26 artists with varied styles. The group exhibition incorporates sculpture, photography, painting and drawing, as well as new works including textile elaborations, videos, neon art and mosaics created by artists from a wide range of the society.

From internationally acclaimed and well-established artists to emerging talent, each embraces a unique and distinguished view of the Queen. With a series of over 30 works of art representing HM the Queen through the seven decades of her reign, the exhibition offers an intimate portrait of 70 years of history.

Positioning the Queen as both subject and viewer, the series highlights the prolific ability of artists as chroniclers of our time. Among the collection of artists are Alison Jackson, who works with famous people who look alike playing on current events, and Greg Brennan, whose portrait of the Queen is part of the Royal Photographic Collection.



Photo of Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II attends the opening ceremony of the Elizabeth Line at Paddington Station in London, Britain on May 17, 2022

Other artists include contemporary Italian artist Marco Lodola, among the founders and leading exponents of the New Futurism movement, internationally renowned photographer Terry O’Neill, British photographer Hugo Rittson-Thomas, best known for his photographic portraits high profile and British contemporary multidisciplinary artist Lauren. Baker.

Mancunian artists Paul Houghton and John Humphries will also exhibit their works. The collective exhibition will unveil more than 60% of the commissioned works. The exhibition seeks to explore the many facets of a monarch who is the oldest monarch in modern times.

Learn more about the ABC Buildings Launch Weekend schedule:

Private visit of 70 The Exhibition at the ABC Gallery: Thursday, June 16

By invitation only, inquire at [email protected] to attend

Launch: Friday, June 17

Guest speaker from industry in the Dome

Food trucks on the roof terrace

DJ and live music on the rooftop terrace

Silent disco in the dome

Launch: Saturday, June 18

Vintage Rooftop Flea Market

Food trucks on the roof terrace

Northern Soul Takeover in Side Street Studio

Launch: Sunday, June 19 (wellness, family schedule)

Morning yoga on the rooftop terrace

Juice and breakfast in the dome

Family/Kids Rave in the Dome Hosted by Big Fish Little Fish

All Queens Stand-Up Comedy in Side Street Studio

Classic football matches from the 60s screened on the roof terrace

Learn more about #70TheExhibition on Instagram and via @abcbuildings on Instagram.

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