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Badged as “An Exclusive Exhibition” with the promise of new paintings and yet more exclusives in the form of prints and vinyl by the Richard Goodall Gallery, I was sold, and we made our way across the Pennines to Manchester’s Northern Quarter, a suitable location for Dalek’s first show of 2006 and his first major solo show in the UK.
Getting there a little early to take in the promised sites of stickered and painted streets, we found the gallery closed while people inside busied about preparing for the opening night. Six o’clock loomed and passed as we found ourselves turning up fashionably late and pleased not to be joining a queue. The gallery was however decidedly full by now and despite it’s appearance of being quite small, was easily big enough to facilitate what must have been approxamatly100 people that had come through the doors. Free drinks started flowing as fast as those exclusive prints were being snapped up and the staff of the gallery rushed about to satisfy the buying frenzy.
Dalek had done us proud with a large amount of work on display. For our viewing pleasure were paintings on wood as well as on old Disney film stills, a selection of skate decks and some great framed artwork on old pieces of cardboard (hopefully a sign of things to come in August for the Gimme Shelter exhibition). Of course there were also the new 20” giant Dunnies and Blood Splattered Blue Ice-Bot in attendance as well as the other two 20”ers on display. Not being too impressed with the plainness of the Dunnies I chose to wonder around the crowd and take in the better displayed original artwork, which itself has to be seen in the flesh to appreciate just how detailed and smooth it is considering it’s all been intricately hand painted.
As the crowd shuffled round, Dalek himself constantly sitting down and standing back up again to greet people and sign the endless artefacts being presented. We laughed to ourselves as we considered asking him to sign body parts, only to find that an American guy who had practically everything ever to sport the Dalek name signed for him, later removed his shirt to reveal his Dalek tattoo and then proceeded to have that signed too.
I am not familiar with the gallery and how their past shows have run, but tonight was a credit to them and to Dalek. The atmosphere could not have been more friendly and relaxed along with Dalek’s attitude of talking to everyone and signing whatever was held under his nose. We can only hope UK fans of art and vinyl toys alike are able to score some more of these exclusive shows in the future.