Urbis Has Left The Building

Urbis – Last Exhibition Before Reopening As National Football Museum.

Its a real shame. I am mildly interested in footballing history but its not something thats going to get me onto the train to Victoria on a regular basis as I have been to see the art exhibitions at Urbis.
Urbis has left the building

‘Urbis has left the building: six years of the best exhibitions in pop culture’
21 January 2010 – 27 February 2010
Urbis, Manchester

Urbis, Manchester’s glittering pop culture palace, has created some of the most groundbreaking, contemporary exhibitions in the UK. Before the doors close temporarily on 27 February 2010 to prepare for the building’s transformation into the National Football Museum, due to open in 2011, one final exhibition will highlight its imaginative and diverse range of programming. ‘Urbis has left the building: six years of the best exhibitions in pop culture’ opens on 21 January 2010. The exhibition is a celebration incorporating Urbis’s core exhibition programme which has been variously surprising, shocking, heart warming yet always revealing, demonstrating the creative team’s unrivalled talent for exploring a fascinating range of subjects, plucked from the rich seam of popular culture.

Urbis is home to some of the most original and modern exhibitions of recent years and ‘Urbis has left the building’ will give the public a last chance to see glimpses of all of them. Vaughan Allen, Chief Executive of Urbis since 2005, stated: “No other gallery space has provided popular culture with a serious platform in the way that we have, with a genuine passion that made us unique, consistently giving credibility and backing to subjects that most galleries and museums would overlook. I am very proud that in such short period we have earned a global reputation for our work.”

Over 95 % of Urbis’ exhibitions in the past six years have been self curated. The Urbis programme has been punctuated with several major solo shows of work from local, national and international names, the core of which has touched the heart of the Mancunian spirit. ‘Urbis has left the building’ now gives the cultural centre a retrospective of its own, divided loosely into five sections, where a selection of past exhibitions are represented by a display of original content or their original promotional posters.


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