Current Exhibitions

Image of typography for 'Kerboom', Bracketpress and Penny Rimbaud

‘Kerboom’, Bracketpress and Penny Rimbaud

Tricking the Impossible
word and type
Penny Rimbaud and Bracketpress
24 April – 25 August 2017
Main Gallery, 3rd floor
This exhibition examines the close, collaborative relationship between the author Penny Rimbaud (co-founder of the highly influential punk rock collective Crass) and typesetter and book designer Christian Brett. The exhibition draws on extensive archive material from the Bracketpress archive held at Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections. Brett’s collaborations with Rimbaud employ many expressive and conceptual typographic tricks, creating visually exciting designs for some very challenging texts. Along with published material (novels, essays, poetry and music) the exhibition also 
includes working designs for as yet unpublished works.

Bracketpress is an independent radical publisher of books, pamphlets and limited edition prints co-founded by Christian Brett & Alice Smith. The exhibition is part of RANDOM Archive, a collaborative project with Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre exploring text and type.
Exhibition Guide


Photograph of a Bangladeshi women in traditional dress.

Photograph by Jason Lock

Kotha and Kantha
30 May – 10 August 2017
Spotlight Gallery, ground floor
An exhibition of kantha embroideries, photographs and writing produced by Bangladeshi women invited to take part in a project at The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre last year. The women worked with writer Dipali Das, photograper Jason Lock and Manchester School of Art lecturer Lynn Setterington to share their experiences of living in Bangladesh and Manchester through poems, drawings and memoir.

2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the death of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah, the Bangladeshi boy murdered in the playground of a local Manchester school, and in whose memory the Centre is named.