Image: Canaletto (1697-1768), The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice c.1740, oil on canvas © Manchester Art Gallery/Bridgeman Images 

A dialogue between two artists 250 years apart that explores Canaletto’s (1697-1768) spectacular depictions of Italy and England alongside Melissa McGill’s (b. 1969) independent public art project ‘Red Regatta’, staged in Venice in 2019.

Both artists share a love and appreciation of Venice – its sights, sounds and uniqueness as a place. The exhibition will bring together paintings, prints and drawings by Canaletto and works from ‘Red Regatta’, featuring video, hand-painted photographs, sound work, photography and watercolours by McGill.

Whereas Canaletto is famed for his scenes that combine real and imagined spaces, and was collected by eighteenth century aristocrats, McGill is known for her ambitiously staged collaborative art projects which increase our awareness of environmental issues. They both depict the landscape of Venice, seemingly unchanged over hundreds of years, but their ideas, 250 years apart, inspire a dialogue around past, present and future.

16 July – 13 November 2022
£7.50 Day Pass • Lightbox Members and Under 21s Free 

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