Thursday, 30 November 2017

Coronation Street's Gail inspires new art exhibition

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A DIY art collective has named their latest exhibition in honour of Coronation Street’s Gail Platt.

The exhibition will run at the Old Town House on Buttermarket Street in Warrington from Saturday, December 2.

Blowing a Gail, named in honour of Coronation Street’s Gail, will see around 40 artists showcasing their creations – ranging from a portrait of the soap character herself to a dazzling bejewelled television. Other exhibits include locations in the town painted in a surrealist style, a revolving puppet doll, travel photography and illustrations inspired by powerful women from history and pop culture.

The latest exhibition continues a theme of naming events after Coronation Street characters, following others in honour of Deirdre Barlow, Betty’s hot pot and Hilda Ogden’s mispronounced Muriel (mural) while the group’s own name was itself inspired by an iconic line from the latter.

Co-curator Sophie New  said: “When we first started, we never intended for it to be Corrie-themed but Coronation Street has run throughout Womanstanley and I think it gives us an unpretentious that makes us approachable. With it being December and us calling it Blowing a Gail, a few people have taken that and worked on a theme of it being wintery or Gail but the way people have approached it is really diverse. One of the good things about it is that it’s open without any restrictions or rules – if you’ve got something then you should be able to show it."

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