Current Exhibitions

Collecting Malcolm Garrett: Snapshots from the world of tomorrow
11 September 2017 – 23 March 2018
Special Collections Gallery, 3rd floor, All Saints Library
This exhibition of books, clothing, toys and ephemera drawn from the personal collections of renowned graphic designer Malcolm Garrett highlights his compulsive interest in new worlds and futuristic design. From this diverse selection of objects it is clear that the work Garrett produced at Manchester School of Art, which in turn played its part in shaping a ‘new wave’ of music and fashion at the end of the 1970s, was inspired by the ephemeral, cultural media surrounding him as he grew up. The exhibition shows how the iconography of science fact, fiction and fantasy have had an enduring influence on his work and life.

Everything including the kitchen sink:
highlights from the Trade Catalogue Collection
17 August – 30 November 2017

Spotlight Gallery, ground floor, All Saints Library
The library has a significant holding of trade catalogues from the mid nineteenth century onwards. This exhibition features a small selection of the catalogues demonstrating their wide and varied appeal and potential use to design, cultural, architectural, economic, business and social historians. Read more about the collection here.