A touch of Sweden in Stalybridge

SWEDEN will be an integral part of Stalybridge’s image when the latest City of Culture project is launched.

‘Local/Lokal’, which opens at the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery on Saturday 24 September, is an international photography exhibition and cultural exchange involving artists from Greater Manchester and Sweden – a relationship which has been developing since 1999.

Part of The Bridge cultural program (Stalybridge Heritage Action Zone) and promoting the Trinity Street gallery as an exhibition space for internationally recognized works, “Local/Local” looks through the prism of artists working and living in Sweden and in Greater Manchester to see how the word ‘local’ is interpreted by different cultures, people, artists and places.

Taking as its starting point the expression “think globally, act locally”, the exhibition examines how a dual perspective can help find local solutions to the problems that concern us all. It explores the notion of being local, whether working, living or studying locally; growing up somewhere and moving while seeing themselves as part of your local community; or how we understand a locality through our own heritage, culture or experiences.

Exhibiting artists include Greater Manchester photographers Carys Kaiser, Ciara Leeming and Richard Tymon, as well as Swedes Håkan Dennersten, Karin Andersson, Lina Karna Kippel and Henrik Hansson.

Cllr Sangita Patel, Deputy Executive Member of the Tameside Council for Culture, Heritage and Digital Inclusiveness, said: “’Local/Lokal’ is an inspiring exhibition that celebrates the deep ties between Greater Manchester and Sweden. I’m sure it will be very popular and highly recommend it.”

Claire Tymon, Local Manager and Chair of The Bridge Cultural Consortium, added: “‘Local/Lokal is a key project for the City of Culture program as it demonstrates how important it is for us to connect and be inspired by other creative cities and communities, both locally and globally.

“We are delighted to present this exhibition in partnership with Tango, our Swedish partner with whom we have developed a long-standing relationship. “Local/Lokal” includes the work of seven photographers who have reacted to place and people in their own localities, to allow the public to see the similarities and differences in our communities.

“Showcasing works of this quality and ambition as part of our City of Culture year is special, and we are grateful to the Astley Cheetham Gallery for giving us this opportunity.

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