Everyone was busy looking for artist Joe Coffey all night. But for most of the time the painter dubbed `The New Lowry' was sat in a back room signing prints, such was the demand.
The Cornerstone in Langworthy was turned into a happening venue for the night, as a slideshow of Coffey's work was projected onto the walls, while top rappers Briggzy and Samir made a special guest appearance.
Over sixty people attended the opening of the exhibition, which runs for three months, and virtually everyone there took a print home waiting for it to rise in value as Joe Coffey inevitably becomes more well known.
In fact the prints were selling so well that New Order's Peter Hook, working in Perth, Australia, couldn't even get hold of a Coffey Hacienda print. He sent his mate Twinny to the exhibition to get one but they had already sold out.
Joe Coffey's HoodLife runs at The Langworthy Cornerstone, 451 Liverpool Street, Salford M6 5QQ until Jan 2011. Open 9am-5:30pm Mon-Fri.
Further info: 0161 212 4400
Prints can be bought at the exhibition for £10
For full details of the exhibition click here
You Tube video of Briggzy and Samir by JCfilmographer click here
You Tube video of the opening night by Keith Dewsnup click here
Photos by Jemma Cooper, Lewis Harrison Wood and Albert Spiby