VIDEO: `Nothing beautiful unless useful’ opens at the VG&M

IndustrialArt-1wThe Mass Observation Project features images of daily life in Britain in the first half of the 20th century

A new exhibition  focusing on the relationship between industrialisation, art and social reform between 1880 and 1940 has opened at the Victoria Gallery & Museum.

The selection of works from public collections in the North West of England include paintings, photographs and ceramics by artists including John Ruskin, William Holman Hunt, Ford Madox Brown and L.S. Lowry.

The title of the exhibition comes from the motto used by the architect Charles Barry of Manchester Art Gallery.

The exhibition runs until 31 May 2014 and includes a lively events programme for both children, families and adults to participate in.

The exhibition is conceived by Arts Council-funded Curatorial Fellow Anna Colin and is a touring display in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery and the Contemporary Art Society. Founded in 1910, the Contemporary Art Society has supported publicly funded museums and galleries across the UK, through gifts, advocacy and advice.

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