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Manchester Art Gallery: Christmas Day

Manchester Art Gallery: Christmas Day

Manchester Art Gallery: Christmas Day

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In May 2018 we were asked by Manchester Art Gallery to produce prints and frames for their group exhibition ‘Speech Acts’. We thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the curators of the gallery and are very pleased we could contribute to producing this wonderful exhibition.

'Speech Acts' preview: May 24th, Manchester Art Gallery

Stage 1: Artwork

Artist Rasheed Araeen provided a series of photographic self portraits, each taken on Christmas day over several years. As one of the themes of the ‘Speech Acts’ exhibition is repetition, we were asked to produce 2 matching sets of 4 prints to reinforce this message.


The gallery curator Kate Jesson worked closely with us to select the paper for the prints. As the images have a vintage look it was decided that a matt finish would work best, and our 300gsm Klein Imaging Smooth Rag paper was chosen. This paper has a subtle texture that allows the fine detail in the image to be seen at it’s best.

Kate visited the studio to approve proofs of the prints before we went on to produce the final 8 images at 862 x 608mm. The print quality was carefully checked and approved before moving onto dry mounting and framing.


In order to frame the prints, they were first dry mounted to high quality 2400mic conservation mountboard. To set the images back from the glass 3mm black spacers we used, which gives some depth whilst allowing the full image to fill the frame.


As the photographs were to be displayed as sets of 4 hanging close together, it was decided that a minimal modern frame would best display these images. A matt black aluminium frame was selected along with the superior quality TruVue UltraVue glass, to give the best visibly to the artwork from all angles.

The ‘Speech Acts’ exhibition runs from Friday 25 May 2018–Monday 22 April 2019.