Just as John Constable painted what was around him - the rural landscape of Dedham Vale in Suffolk - so have artists from the North West painted what is around them, each in their own style.
This is unashamedly an exhibition celebrating the North West in all its urban beauty, past and present. Manchester is our home city and we are proud of the region. The paintings in this exhibition span three generations, and through this time the region has survived and prospered through war, terrorism, industrial decline, recession and regeneration, and will continue to do so in the future in its own unique way.
The Exhibition is not, however, simply a monument to a small number of iconic buildings. Greater Manchester comprises the metropolitan boroughs of Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan, as well as the city of Salford and of course Manchester itself. While not all are represented in this exhibition, it is a testament to the art of the region that so many are.
"There is, however, something about the group's work as a whole - a steadiness, a refusal to go in for frills and attitudes, a kind of sober individuality - that is clearly North Country, which makes the exhibition so notable in the ostentatious South."