Mark Leckey: Work & Leisure

 Mark Leckey, Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, 1999

Mark Leckey, BigboxIndustrialAction,

  • Friday 17 February 2012 - Sunday 18 March 2012
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • FREE

Manchester Art Gallery’s new collaborative programming relationship with London’s Serpentine Gallery launches this February with the opening of a major exhibition from Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey.

Work & Leisure will present new work especially commissioned for Manchester as well as a series of live performances by Mark Leckey to take place throughout the run of the 4-week show. The exhibition will include the film Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, last shown as part of Leckey’s exhibition at London’s Serpentine Gallery in 2011. It will also feature BigBoxIndustrialAction, in which a giant soundsystem meets a three-tonne low pressure steam chest on loan from Ellenroad Engine House, near Rochdale, Greater Manchester, home of the world’s largest working steam mill engine.

Mark Leckey won the Turner Prize in 2008 and this exhibition will cover key moments in his career from his international recognition in the late 1990s up to the present day. His work encompasses sculpture, sound, film and performance and explores the potential of the human imagination to appropriate and to animate a concept, an object or an environment. Leckey also draws on his personal experiences, particularly his fascination with the Manchester dance music scene from his formative years spent in the North West.

Mark Leckey talks about BigBoxIndustrialAction


Mark Leckey will be giving performances on Thursday evenings during the exhibition. Expect immense sounds, not quite enough to shake the gallery’s paintings onto the floor, but not far off – staff did have to check first to make sure.
Performance dates

Thur 23 Feb
Thur 1 Mar
Thur 8 Mar

All performances are at 6:45pm at Manchester Art Gallery and will last approximately 30 mins.
FREE no need to book.
A bar will be open in the atrium from 6pm.


Mark Leckey
Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore 1999
Installation view, Manchester Art Gallery
© 2012 Mark Leckey

Mark Leckey
BigBoxIndustrialAction 2003 - 12
Installation view, Manchester Art Gallery
© 2012 Mark Leckey

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