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About The Art of the Brick

The Art of the Brick®, a globally renowned touring exhibition, is coming to Manchester this winter. Building excitement from the get-go, The Art of the Brick exhibition features more than 90 pieces of art, as award-winning artist Nathan Sawaya showcases stunning sculptures made up of more than a million iconic LEGO® bricks, masterfully positioned with artistic skill. One of the top LEGO events in 2019 and 2020 in the UK, you won’t want to miss it! 

Heralded by CNN as a global “must-see exhibition”, The Art of the Brick returns to The Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester, after five years touring around the world. Manchester is the chosen city for this world class-exhibition to reside until April 2020. The exhibition focuses exclusively on the use of LEGO bricks as an art form, with Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Sawaya creating pieces of art that are everything from brilliantly beautiful, to poignant and thought provoking. 

The Art of the Brick LEGO event features 3D sculptures and oversized portraits from Sawaya’s collection, which are built from standard LEGO bricks. Popular pieces include My Boy, Dinosaur and captivating recreations of iconic art, including the Mona Lisa. Pieces never before seen in the UK will also debut at the exhibition. 

Sawaya was the first contemporary artist to use LEGO as an art medium, transforming this common toy, which many children have at home, into fine art. His work is obsessively and painstakingly constructed; playing with the material, colour, movement, light and perspective, to reimagine new formations for this colourful household LEGO brick. Sawaya demonstrates a new cultural movement with his craft, by merging Pop Art and Surrealism. 

Seen by millions, The Art of the Brick exhibition has toured globally for more than 12 years, collecting critical acclaim wherever it goes. Visitors travel far and wide to see the creations, constructed from countless individual LEGO pieces. Its last location in the UK was the Old Truman Brewery, in London, where it extended its four-month run to seven months, due to popular demand. Prior to that Sawaya has exhibited at a number of distinguished galleries and museums internationally, from Paris to Shanghai, Moscow to Sydney, the exhibition has been to over 80 cities in 24 countries.  

Creating an exhibition that is accessible to all, The Art of the Brick continues to inspire creativity amongst its visitors around the world – from young to old and everyone in between. 

The Art of the Brick tickets are on sale now for one of the best LEGO events of the year in Manchester – don't miss out! View tickets by calendar view here.

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FAQs 

Where is the Art of the Brick 2019? 

The Art of the Brick takes place at The Great Northern Warehouse, Unit 5, Manchester, M2 4EJ. 

When is the Art of the Brick Manchester taking place? 

The Art of the Brick starts from 22 November 2019, running until 20 April 2020. 

What time is the Art of the Brick LEGO event on at? 

You can book slots every hour and half hour between the opening and closing times.   

You can view the opening hours below: 

Sunday – Wednesday: First entry is at 10:00. Last entry is at 17:00 and the venue closes at 18:00. 

Thursday: First entry is at 10:00. Last entry 19:00 and the venue closes at 20:00. 

Friday – Saturday: First entry is at 10:00. Last entry is at 18:00 and the venue closes at 19:00. 

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