Manchester Art Gallery

The First Cut

A collection of work by 31 international artists who cut, sculpted and manipulated paper, transforming this humble material into fantastical works of art.

Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 5 October 2012–Sunday 27 January 2013

Free

For this exhibition, visitors were invited to wonder at giant sculptures inspired by far away galaxies that spiralled from the wall, explore a walk-through forest of paper trees and marvel at miniature worlds that exploded from vintage staple boxes or emerged from the page of a book.

Flocks of birds and butterflies cut from maps appeared alongside artworks that featured dark fairytale imagery. Guns and grenades fashioned from paper currency and sinister silhouettes commented on social, political and economic issues.

Gallery of Costume

At the Gallery of Costume fragile paper dresses and shoes – as well as sculptural dresses fashioned out of maps and money – were on display, responding to the historical costume displays and grandeur of the Georgian setting.

Tour venues

Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham
20 April – 9 June 2013

Southampton SeaCity Museum
11 October 2013 – 12 January 2014.