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Stalybridge artist to launch latest ‘psychedelic’ collection in Manchester next week
Thursday 3rd May 2018 @ 12:33 by Tom Greggan
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The Stalybridge artist behind the ‘Manchester Icons’ series is launching his latest collection in Manchester’s Northern Quarter next week.

Dunstan Carter’s latest work, titled ‘Psych Icons’ is a collection of twelve portraits from the golden age of psychedelia, featuring music icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and John Lennon.

Dunstan, who has spent four years creating portraits of an array of stars from music, television and sport, explained why he wanted to capture this specific period in music history:

Dunstan with two pieces from his ‘Psych Icons’ collection.

“I chose the ‘golden age’ of psychedelia because it’s what I want to do, which I think the golden rule for all artists,” he said. “The Liverpool International Festival of Psychadelia has had a bit of success over the last three or four years. That stuck in my head and I thought, ‘That’s doing well in the north’.

“I was listening to more and more modern psychedelic music and it was obvious they were drawing inspiration from the icons of the 60s. So I thought, ‘Why not do them?’”

The exhibition will launch at Foundation Coffee House, on Lever Street, on Thursday May 10th from 6pm-10pm. The launch night was a deliberate decision from Dunstan to move away from a ‘gallery-style’ launch.

He said: “I wanted to do something that wasn’t just pictures in a room that people stare at then go home, so I’ve put on a bit of a night. First of all, I didn’t want to do it in a gallery. That’s not reverse snobbery against galleries; I just really liked the idea of general people coming to see it.

“Specifically, I’m a big fan of the Northern Quarter. I think it’s really diverse and has a lot of people who really enjoy culture.”

The night will feature DJ sets playing classic psychedelic music from the late 60s and early 70s, as well as live bands. There will be a well-stocked café and bar and will be on hand to talk about the collection and his other work.

Psych Icons – Janis Joplin

Despite the excitement surrounding the latest launch, Dunstan is already looking ahead to the next one, with future projects already underway, including a ‘comedy double acts’ collection. The artist admits he wants to bring the work closer to home in the future.

“I’d like to do something up here in Tamesid,” he said. “Manchester is great and I always would have chosen the Northern Quarter for Psych Icons, but I would like to do something in Tameside.

“Art should be attainable. It should be stuff that ‘regular folk’ can get hold of. Somewhere in Tameside would be great, and maybe somewhere a bit different again, like a coffee shop. I love the idea of people from different walks of life congregating in one place.”

You can see Dunstan’s latest collection at the Foundation Coffee House on Lever Street, May 10th from 6pm-10pm. For more information, visit If you’re interested in discussing a project or commission, you can contact Dunstan at [email protected].