Theatre never fails to inspire, and for artist Colin Taylor one theatre in particular has influenced a series of stunning images: the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

Taylor embarked on the year-long project Lightspace: A Year in the Round inspired by the Exchange’s architecture and the stories told both in and outside the theatre module. This has resulted in the creation of almost 40 paintings and drawings based on productions in the Exchange’s 2018 and 2019 seasons such as Queen Margaret, Mother Courage, West Side Story and Hobson’s Choice.


Lightspace: A Year in the Round will be exhibited simultaneously in both the Royal Exchange Theatre and Contemporary Six from September 26, 2019.

In Conversation with Colin Taylor: October 5, 1pm, Royal Exchange Theatre.