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Crown injects new life into Manchester’s Holden Gallery

Crown has made a colourful mark this summer, working alongside the Manchester School of Art to create a show-stopping exhibition in the heart of Manchester Metropolitan University’s city-centre campus.

Partnering with renowned artist Lothar Götz, a new immersive site-specific wall installation – entitled Poole – has been created, wrapping around the 4 four walls within the well-loved space.

Götz, who is best known for his bold and creative use of abstract colour, geometric shapes and forms, responds to spaces and their architectural features, allowing this to underpin his design work.

Poole is a new commission which has transformed the Holden Gallery into a vibrant, colourful receptacle, completely altering the viewer’s experience of the space. With each wall covered in an eclectic mix of hues, the space has been stripped of all furniture and artwork, allowing the colours and shapes that impose to tell a story without distraction.

Crown were initially approached by The Holden Gallery and were keen to support the project after learning about the nature of the exhibition. Working with Crown Decorating Centres’ Manchester store, an impressive array of more than 20 colours – in Crown Trade Vinyl Matt Emulsion – were donated to the gallery.

“We are delighted to be reopening the gallery with Lothar Götz’s wall painting Pool. After remaining closed to the public since March 2020, and having delayed the show by a year, it is a pleasure to finally welcome visitors back to experience this joyful, vibrant installation in the gallery.”

Zoe Watson – Curator of the Holden Gallery

“We’re always looking for inspiring projects and artists to support and ways in which we can inject some colour into the communities around us. We believe that every pot of paint is brimming with potential and what better way to show that than by supporting projects such as this one.

We know what a positive difference our paints can make to people, that’s why we will keep pushing what’s possible”.

Josie Cawdry – Corporate Communications, Crown