HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US   LINKS      
 

 
SALFORD URBAN ART EXHIBITION
 

Star date: 17th September 2010 

JOE COFFEY - HOODLIFE
Langworthy Cornerstone
Sept 2010 – Jan 2011 free

NEW LOWRY ART OF HOODIES

If LS Lowry was around today he'd be painting `kids on the corner of the streets', only this time they'd be wearing hoodies rather than clogs.

Coming out of the same school of alienation art is Joe Coffey, Salford's new Lowry, whose paintings cover the streetscapes of the city which are a million miles away from the shiny, sterile confines of MediaCityUK and The Lowry at Salford Quays. Joe depicts what he calls "the other side of Salford" – the destruction and demonising of working class communities.

Full story and loads of Joe's artwork here...


Joe Coffey - HoodLife Joe Coffey - HoodLife Joe Coffey - HoodLife
Joe Coffey - HoodLife Joe Coffey - HoodLife Joe Coffey - HoodLife
Joe Coffey - HoodLife Joe Coffey - HoodLife Joe Coffey - HoodLife
click image to enlarge

HOODLIFE

Mixing the old scenes of a bygone Salford – the Kettle Drum pub, the Eccles Advertiser office, the rag and bone man – with the new underbelly of the city - tinned up terraces, bling and faceless and disaffected hoodies – Joe Coffey's paintings `speak' to many people. This is accessible art at its finest – simple and colourful, but with something massive to say about the state of Salford.

"I'm not glorifying hoodies or stereotyping Salford, it's not about that, I'm just documenting what I see around me" Joe explains "There's regeneration projects going on all over the inner city, but how much of that money will actually benefit Salford's communities and our youth?"

To underline the point, huge tears drop over Salford houses in more than one of Joe's paintings. His work is the visual backdrop to early 21st Century Salford, as Lowry's was to the mid 20th Century. Only this time there'll probably be a political backlash because Joe's art might put off a few BBC movers. In Salford, however, there's already a Facebook campaign to try and get Joe's work used as murals for local landmarks (see here)

But Joe's paintings aren't just of Salford's streets. Powerful primary coloured landscapes take a journey to an escapist dreamland – where hoodies and council houses come too.

Joe Coffey's HoodLife, featuring oils, acrylics, sculpture and sketches, runs at the Langworthy Cornerstone, 451 Liverpool Street, Salford, M6 5QQ from now until New Year 2011, with an official opening on September 30th. For further details on exhibition opening times, phone 0161 212 4400.

None of the work is for sale but visitors will be able to buy prints.

HoodLife is being promoted by SCMP (Salford Community Media Partnership) of which Salford Star is a member.

Photos of Joe Coffey by Zoe Savory

 

Hug a hoodie. wrote
at 10:23:19 AM on Friday, January 30, 2015
Hands depicted in pockets rather than pants.... Some artistic license being taken there!
 
fixed matches wrote
at 12:27:39 PM on Thursday, January 29, 2015
Hey there owner of www.salfordstar.com. Great site. I think you should be little more strict with the comments.
 
claire wrote
at 2:48:03 AM on Thursday, July 21, 2011
I used to live in the Kettledrum in the mid 80's, amazing people & stories, Salford is full of such characters. Worked and lived all over the world but people from Salford are pricless.
 
sharon walker wrote
at 1:47:19 AM on Wednesday, October 06, 2010
I think your work is amazing
 
Keith Dewsnup wrote
at 11:40:05 PM on Friday, October 01, 2010
Just wanted to say what an amzing exhibition it was last night. Langworthy Cornerstone is an excellent venue for this kind of thing. Joe Coffey is a phenomenal talent and his work speaks for itself. Looks like he's finally getting the recognition he deserves! Entertainment on the night was cracking too. Briggzy and Samir Harmim rocked the gaffe with Take me home and an exclusive performance aswell. SCMP are amazing for the work they do and the courses they run, people from one of their branding courses (I was gonna go on myself) were there who produced the flyer and the press release for the event. Salford's rising! P.S I've just finished editing and uploading my video of it onto YouTube:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXFKvtasb14 Enjoy (I will do a better edit a.s.a.p using more images of Joe's artwork and make it a bit funkier but this one'll do for now ;)
 
yulius wrote
at 9:24:21 AM on Thursday, September 23, 2010
i like it. your paint
 
Jay Kipper wrote
at 2:38:49 PM on Friday, September 17, 2010
I have watched Joe and his work gain momentum during 2010, and I'm looking forward to seeing Joe rewarded with huge credit as his first media explosion has the whole of Salford recognising his name,face and more important his art ....unique, smart,local art. See u on the 30th Joe.
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star
Cornerstone ad new
Salford Star T-shirt ad
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
Salford Star photo stories
Mary Burns Publishing
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SALFORD COUNCIL ADMITS HOUSING WAITING LIST APPLICANTS HAVE NO CHANCE OF BEING RE-HOUSED
Shocking news - there is no reason why a guarantee home cannot be offered to the 14,194 people giving each a start date to plan to... [more]
article: HONEST COFFEE ARRIVES IN SALFORD
I am supporting this cafe because it is a challenge to the mega chains like Starbucks which ignore their responsibility to pay tax... [more]
article: HONEST COFFEE ARRIVES IN SALFORD
Great place in a great place. Fab coffee with nice vibe.... [more]
article: MIGRANT LIVES MATTER RALLY IN PICCADILY GARDENS
Problem is Labour Councils do not protect rights of vulnerable people. Best policies are clearly from the Conservatives that consi... [more]
article: ADVERTISING HOARDING DEEMED `A NEW LANDMARK FOR SALFORD’ BY MAYOR
Hate the advertising along roadways distracting motorists. We need a Salford Conservative Mayor that will stop silly Labour danger... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD COUNCIL ADMITS HOUSING WAITING LIST APPLICANTS HAVE NO CHANCE OF BEING RE-HOUSED

Star date: 1st September 2015

SALFORD HOUSING LIST TO BE SLASHED BY HALF UNDER NEW POLICY

Salford Council is aiming to kick around 7,000 people off its housing waiting list under a new allocations policy which will also see children housed in towerblocks and penalties for refusing available properties.

The Council admits in a report that, due to the lack of social housing, "most applicants have little chance of ever being re-housed".

Full details here...

HONEST COFFEE ARRIVES IN SALFORD

Star date: 31st August 2015

HONEST COFFEE PUTS PROFITS BACK IN COMMUNITY

The latest cafe to open in Salford is Honest Coffee at 77 Chapel Street, part community space, part protest against Starbucks and part top coffee shop. Boasting free `weapons grade' internet, hyper local food and Salford art on the walls, Honest Coffee has been founded with 155 Kickstarter backers and its profits are to be re-distributed to good causes within the community.

Full details here...

MIGRANT LIVES MATTER RALLY IN PICCADILY GARDENS

Star date: 31st August 2015

HOMELESS AND DISRESPECTED

#MigrantLivesMatter Speak Out
Saturday 12th September 1.30pm
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

"Whether you are homeless in Manchester, Calais or Kos you have a right to be treated with dignity and respect" Ameen Hadi, Salford City UNISON

The similarities between the people who have set up homeless camps in Manchester and those seeking safe lives escaping war zones are becoming more focused as Manchester Council applies to commit homeless people to prison and David Cameron uses the word 'swarm' to describe homeless migrants at Calais. Now a #MigrantLivesMatter Speak Out rally is to be held at Piccadilly Gardens on 12th September.

Full details here...

SALFORD 10K RUN BY WALKDEN MAN FOR TARGET OVARIAN CANCER

Star date: 31st August 2015

RUNNING AROUND SALFORD TO HELP SISTER

Walkden's David Broadhurst will be running the Salford 10K next Sunday, September 6th, to raise funds for Target Ovarian Cancer which gives support to women and the search to find new treatments.

David's sister, Lorraine, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011 and the family has used running, and fundraising fun runs, to help battle the illness.

Full details here...

IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY

Star date: 30th August 2015

LIVE MUSIC, CAR BOOT SALE, KIDS' ACTIVITIES, CATS AND FIREWORKS

Irlam and Cadishead Community Festival
Monday 31st August 9am-9:30pm
Prince's Park, Irlam

Tomorrow, Monday Bank Holiday, the huge Irlam and Cadishead Community Festival happens at Prince's Park on Liverpool Street in Irlam, bringing live music, crafts, pony rides, rugby with the Salford Red Devils and the Cadishead Rhinos, street theatre starring weird cats and mad yodellers, and loads more, with a firework finale.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx