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Saoirse Akhtar-Farren reflects on Manchester born Chris Ofili’s ‘The Holy Virgin Mary’, which featured in Charles Saatchi’s exhibition ‘Sensation’ in 1997, in relation to challenging the nature of art and conventional reverence associated with religious imagery.

Photo: Juha Suoranta @Wikimedia Commons

In keeping with the political atmosphere of the Students’ Union elections, Bella Jewell explores Manchester’s history of left-wing politics in this instalment of Artefact of the Week, looking to the desk on which Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels formulated the socio-economical theory Marxism

Photo: Gerald England @ Geograph

In this instalment of Artefact of the Week, Bella Jewell looks to the new Emmeline Pankhurst Statue; only the second statue of a female in Manchester… does this mark a moment of change in the representation of women?

Photo: 'The night is darkening around me' @ Maya Sharp

Saoirse Akhtar Farren speaks with student artist, Maya Sharp, looking at how her photography reconnects with literary classics and powerful landscapes, in her deeply mysterious photographic series.

Photo: Ryan Gear

Photography student, Ryan Gear, discusses how his work challenges the stereotypes surrounding landscape photography, whilst deconstructing the mundane of our everyday existence.

Photo: Selfridges

Lily Rosenberg reviews Selfridges latest campaign, ‘State of the Arts’, a show which attempts to make art more accessible, highlighting the link between art and fashion, yet she believes fails to execute a truly effective installation

Photo: Emmanuel Anie-Akwetey

Eva Gerretsen explores the work of Politics and International Relations student Emmanuel Anie-Akwetey, whose photographs are a dip in a pool of colour, a journey through the city you thought you knew

Photo: David Dixon @ Geograpgh

In this instalment of Artefact of the Week, Angus Dickson looks at the bizarre Vimto monument on Granby Row, considering its place in Manchester’s history, and how it continues to evoke a distinctly mancunian pride

Photo: Priya Ray

In this instalment of Art in Mancunia, Saoirse Akhtar-Farren reviews Priya Ray’s ‘Absence’ Project: a photographic series exploring loss and life after bereavement

Photo: Mikey @ Flickr

In this instalment of Artefact of the Week, Bella Jewell examines a mancunian treasure, The Toast Rack: a grade two listed brutalist masterpiece.

Photo: Gazanfarulla Khan @ Flickr

Angus Dickson discusses the reasons for the decline of Modern Art’s popularity by exploring how xenophobia, cultural progression, and artistic theory impact upon our definitions of ‘art’

ART IN MANCUNIA

A brand new Mancunion art project aiming to put students at the centre