Cheshire artist gets residence at the airport

Rob Pointon has been commissioned for the next three years.

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport has commissioned its first ever international artist in residence to capture the buzz of its expanding global route network.

Rob Pointon, from Cheshire, has been commissioned for the next three years.  During his first year in residence, Rob has partnered with Cathay Pacific and has visited Hong Kong to paint a number of landscape oil paintings.

Back in the UK, Rob will host his first exhibition at Manchester Airport on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 February.  The exhibition will mark Chinese New Year and comes on the back of the recent one year anniversary of Cathay Pacific flying between Manchester and Hong Kong.

Rob Pointon's work from his time in Hong Kong
Rob Pointon’s work from his time in Hong Kong

The exhibition will feature 13 paintings from Rob’s time in Hong Kong and three large new Manchester works.  It will be hosted in the Manchester Airport station atrium between 3pm and 8pm on Monday 8 February, and 10am – 3.30pm on Tuesday 9 February – entry is free.

Stephen Turner, Commercial Director for Manchester Airport, said: “I’m delighted that Rob agreed to become our first artist in residence at Manchester Airport.  It’s such a vibrant campus, I’m sure it will give him lots of inspiration for pieces over the next three years.

“We’re also hugely excited to see his first exhibition from his visit to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific – it will be a great way to mark Chinese New Year.”

Rob Pointon, said: “It’s an honour to have been chosen to become Manchester Airport’s artist in residence for the next three years.  My initial focus has been working with Cathay Pacific to mark their one year anniversary of direct flights between Hong Kong and Manchester.

“To be able to go to Hong Kong was fantastic, it’s an amazing city and I hope I’ve captured a flavour of it in my paintings.”