Thursday, September 26, 2013

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Christopher McManus

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
CITYWIDE: A Collective Exhibition

Philadelphia has long been home to a vibrant arts and culture scene. While collective and artist-run spaces throughout the city have gained increasing local and national visibility in recent years, the spaces themselves have never before joined efforts to produce a collaborative event. CITYWIDE is multi-venue, one-month, exchange exhibition in November 2013. The project celebrates Philadelphia's legacy of alternative artist spaces and the vitality of the contemporary arts scene. It will showcase work over 20 collective galleries and feature over 200 local artists. The CITYWIDE exhibit captures the diversity of work ongoing now, creates opportunities for collaboration and criticism across gallery spaces and disciplines, encourages public inclusion, and brings outside attention to city artists and designers. For the first time, the project calls on independent spaces and galleries to collaborate in an exhibition, lectures, and publication; illustrating the potential for massive artist collaboration and opportunities for individual artist growth. The project aspires to strengthen the local artist community and create sustainable avenue for future collaboration.

E-mail: hairanddiamonds(at)
Twitter: @citywidephilly

Christopher is an artist who brings an interdisciplinary approach to his practice. He is a member of Vox Populi artist collective and currently managing the CITYWIDE project. His academic and professional background in art, science, and management has created various opportunities for work. Professional projects have ranged from project management and video work for high level United Nations Generally Assembly meetings to local public arts projects. His independently produced videos and animation have screened widely in international galleries and film festivals.

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