21 May 2006
Exposed - Arts&Culture from England's Northwest 
Brought together for the first time, Exposed is a one-off exhibition of the creative talent that has been insipred by England's Northwest.

For one night only, works by Turner Prize winners Chris Ofili & Keith Tyson, contemporary pieces by Kevin Cummins & Peter Saville, sculpture by Leo Fitzmaurice and paintings by The Singh Twins will be on show, along with the best new talent from the region.

6 June 2006
5pm - 8pm
Manchester Square
London W1
For further information, please telephone 0781 789 4023.




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Peter Saville colour wheel
A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

The Durutti Column