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Malcolm Garrett Exhibition

The World of Tomorrow

29.06.12 - 13.07.12

Malcolm Garrett, Royal Designer, is one of Britain's best-known graphic designers. He will be exhibiting a collection of books and ephemera from his youth at the Holden Gallery at Manchester School of Art this June and July. Malcolm's extensive collection of books, magazines, comics, leaflets, toys and other ephemera provided the inspiration for his own iconic futuristic style featured in much of his graphic work, including his many pioneering record sleeve designs for bands like Duran Duran, Buzzcocks and Peter Gabriel.

Malcolm's collection, which he refers to as a 'history of the future', includes items related to the many science fiction and espionage TV shows of the sixties, the US/USSR Space Race, and the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. The exhibition will run from Friday 29 June to Wednesday 13 July. It will be the centre point for the launch of Manchester Children's Book Festival opened by Carol Ann Duffy in the Holden Gallery. It's also the focal point for the Manchester School of Art's annual Out of Schools Show highlighting the exceptional achievements in art and design from early years to college students from schools across the region, who will be using Malcolm's collection as an inspiration for interactive workshops for visitors.

Malcolm says, "Pop and popular culture was much more of an influence on my life than fine art, but I vividly remember seeing Andy Warhol's Marilyn silkscreen prints at the Whitworth Art Gallery and being so amazed by them. I was impressed by them as objects with a larger than life presence, and for the way in which they transformed a familiar face into something majestic. Seeing those prints made me think that I could perhaps do something like that too."

"I hope that by seeing a collection of items that captured my imagination as a kid, alongside work I subsequently made in this building, studying here when it was Manchester Polytechnic, will illustrate an important correlation for our school visitors. It shows that books, toys, games and popular culture surrounding them now can be a catalyst for them too, and perhaps a few of our visitors will develop a creative career for themselves with the help of Manchester School of Art."