Sally Darley's 2015-2016 art-making project is about today's urban landscape.
'I am enjoying making new drawings and paintings in oil and oil pastel, to record my feelings about today's rapidly changing urban environment. I see today that Manchester looks, to me, like New York. I visited New York when I was nineteen. New styles of urban architecture are creating a new scene which is rising up to the sky. Both the old and the new economies make their mark and today, Manchester has an interesting mix by featuring Victorian buildings standing next to our Postmodern buildings; cast iron standing next to glass. Stone standing next to metal.
Buildings from the industrial age are surviving next to the new buildings of today's service economy. Generations of different styles are packed into one square mile in central Manchester.I think this is a long-term project and I am hoping that someone, somewhere, will benefit from the work I'm trying to make.'