20 Sep 2009
Kevin Cummins @ Salts Mill, Saltaire 
The Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester are kindly lending Salts Mill in Saltaire the Kevin Cummins exhibition to go with the publication of Manchester: Looking for the Light through the Pouring Rain so that the white and red roses can be united and Yorkshire folk can gaze in awe at Manc musicians in the beautiful roof space at Salts Mill. We will have iPods with specially created play lists for people to listen to as they walk round the exhibition and the austerity of the photos will sit beautifully against the cavernous, poetically delicate space. Admission is free and the gallery is open daily from 11am to 4.30pm from Wednesday 30 September to Friday 16 October.

On Sunday 11 October 2009 there will be special event where Kevin Cummins will be in conversation with Kevin Sampson (Stars are Stars / Awaydays / Powder) about photography, music and the North. This is a ticketed event (£5/£3) and begins with a film about Kevin's work with a specially commissioned soundtrack by Graham Massey (Biting Tongues / 808 State) and ends with a book signing. Tickets are available by calling 01274 587377.


Salts Mill
West Yorkshire
BD18 3LA

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