Canadian artist Spring Hurlbut completes her first major UK installation under the banner of the Alchemy project. Spring's exhibition, Beloved and Forsaken, is a painstakingly constructed poetic essay on loss, neglect and abandonment.
Spring presents objects from the Manchester University's collection that evidence loss in a physical form; taxidermied bird skins, discoloured microscopic moss samples, spirit specimens bleached of colour, masses of
seed envelopes with faded hand-written inscriptions, hundreds of empty collecting boxes, a grotesquely toothed wooden 'practice head' from Manchester Dental School.
A poignant and visually dramatic effect is achieved by the highly aestheticised presentation of meticulously arranged objects in black velvet-lined nineteenth century display cabinets.