Emma Evans, artist from Salford has teamed up with photographer Richard Kelly from Manchester, to create My Utopia, a free exhibition of their uplifting artwork.
The Salford artist is known for her positive window doodles covering Monton high street in the initial lockdown, and now, during the third lockdown, she is still spreading her positivity around Salford and Manchester with her artwork.
Emma said: “In lockdown, Richard was being really prolific and documented his daily walks with his photography, and I love how gritty and unfiltered it is.
“When I saw his images I could really see my illustrations doodled on top, so that is how it started, I got in touch with him and asked if he wanted to collaborate.”
Emma has doodled a positive narrative on top of the raw photography, to encourage viewers to see the same images in a more positive light.
Emma said: “The dialogue of my illustrations and his photography is about looking at things in a different light, how you see the world and pausing for a moment and reflecting.
“My illustrations are mischievous creatures from another dimension which are here dropping messages of positivity.”
The pair are also creating a book of their work, which will act as an extension of the exhibition, offering new artwork and exclusive images and photographs to continue the narrative. Pre-order of the book is available on their website.
Emma explained the main image for My Utopia: “The photograph was taken down a back street with this lovely pink light, I illustrated a creature, the decks and people with their hands in the air dancing.
“This one really represents the spirit of Manchester and that longing of people wanting to be together dancing again. It is called ‘Party People’.”
Emma continued: “The next one is called ‘Oh Silly! Plant More Trees’ and the creatures are having a conversation and the one in the front is really confused as to why we have built all of these tall buildings, our city needs to be greener.
“We have titled each of the pieces, but we don’t want to explain each piece, we want the viewer to create the dialogue.”