Manchester Art Gallery

A Sleek Dry Yell, 2008 – Haroon Mirza

A sculpture by Haroon Mirza, who uses sounds and everyday objects to create art.

Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 21 April 2012–Sunday 23 September 2012


One of the hottest UK artists of the past decade, Haroon Mirza has won both the Silver Lion Award at the 54th Venice Biennale for best emerging international artist and the Northern Art Prize 2010.

Haroon Mirza uses sounds and objects from everyday life to make his art. His sculpture A Sleek Dry Yell is made using bits of furniture, water, an old television monitor, a record player, wooden speakers and video footage of cult musician and actor Richard “Kid” Strange.

Sound is used in this work as a sculptural material. The distinct objects have been brought together in a lo-fi DIY manner to generate noise and create something new. It is the combined rhythm of these noises that forms a sort of distorted sound composition.

Contemporary Art Society

This artwork was purchased by the Contemporary Art Society through the Sculpture Fund, supported by Cathy Wills. It was the first of five works to be co-acquired for Manchester Art Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery, Victoria Gallery and Museum (Liverpool), Walker Art Gallery (National Museums Liverpool) and Grundy Art Gallery (Blackpool).

Collecting art through partnership helps ensure that the public art collections in the North West are contemporary and relevant now and for future generations.

Following its display at Manchester Art Gallery, the sculpture was on display at the other partnership galleries.


Haroon Mirza, A Sleek Dry Yell, mixed media, dimensions variable.
© the artist. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.