True Faith

Manchester International Festival 2017

Tuesday 11th July 2017

Celebrating its 10th year, Manchester International Festival launched in 2007 as an event designed to bring together contemporary arts and artists from a broad variety of disciplines. From music to performance art and everything in between, the festival has previously commissioned works from creatives such as Björk, Damon Albarn, Maxine Peake and The xx, with events and exhibitions taking place in venues across the city. 

This year the festival acknowledges one of Manchester's greatest contributions to the world's cultural and musical landscape, the work of Joy Division and New Order. Curated by Jon Savage and Matthew Higgs, True Faith is an exhibition of visual arts directly inspired and influenced by the work of Joy Division - and the band they would become - New Order.

The list of artists featured in the exhibition reads like a register of Turner Prize nominees and winners, including Julian Schnabel, Liam Gillick, Glenn Brown and Slater B Bradley, Jeremy Deller, Mark Leckey.

The exhibition also looks at the extensiveness of the Factory bands' influence on popular culture at street level too, with the inclusion of Peter Saville's well-known record covers and exhibits from the likes of Raf Simons, John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Lawrence Weiner, Jonathan Demme, Robert Longo and Kathryn Bigelow.

True Faith will continue to run at Manchester Art Gallery after MIF17 until 3rd September (2017).

As part of the festival, New Order also collaborated with artist Liam Gillick and conductor Joe Duddell to perform re-worked material from their extensive catalogue. The unique gig took place in Stage 1 of Old Granada Studios, transformed with an installation from Gillick and backed with a twelve-piece synthesiser ensemble from Royal Northern College Of Music. The concert forms part of 'Substance' which pays tribute to late Factory Records founder, Tony Wilson.

Other notable musical contributions this year have come from Ride, Underworld, Arcade Fire, Mary Anne Hobbs and Sunn O))).

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