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Manchester Art Gallery: Skit

Manchester Art Gallery: Skit

Manchester Art Gallery: Skit

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In May 2018 we were asked by Manchester Art Gallery to produce work for their group exhibition ‘Speech Acts’. Throughout this collaboration we worked very closely with Kate Jesson, the exhibition’s curator, and were pleased with the wonderful feedback we received from her, the Manchester Art Gallery team, and the artist Yara El-Sherbini.

Skit, by Yara El-Sherbini, 2018
High resolution digital photography of the original work for reproduction and cataloguing
The newly digitised image of 'Skit' was giclée printed in human proportions on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper.
The giclée print was trimmed down and made ready for dry mounting
'Skit' being dry mounted to 3mm Dibond
Reinforcing corner joints on the bespoke frame before finishing begins
Handling the full size frame was definitely a 2-person minimum operation
We utilised laminated anti-reflective glazing for this floor-standing piece, to ensure maximum visibility and safety
Corner finishing was of paramount importance for the work to be viewable at close distances
Extra strength on the finished corners was required to provide structural integrity to the piece
Moving the finished frame shell into position required handling care at all stages
Alignment of the dry-mounted print into the frame with near-invisible glass
The finished piece, Skit, ready to be wrapped before collection by Manchester Art Gallery
'Speech Acts' installation at Manchester Art Gallery.
'Speech Acts' installation at Manchester Art Gallery


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.


“It was wonderful seeing my Skit sculpture take on a new life as a large scale photographic piece, seeing how the work was transformed. Klein imaging we fantastic in realising my vision exactly.”

– Yara El-Sherbini