Tricking the Impossible

24 APRIL – 25 AUGUST 2017

This exhibition examines the close, collaborative relationship between the author Penny Rimbaud (ex-member of the English art collective and punk rock band Crass) and typesetter and publisher Christian Brett.

The exhibition draws on extensive archive material from the Bracket Press archive held at Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections. Bracket Press is an independent radical publisher of books, pamphlets and limited edition prints co-founded by Christian Brett and Alice Smith.

Brett’s collaborations with Rimbaud employ many expressive and conceptual typographic tricks. Although 26 years apart in age, there appears a shared language, much of which goes unspoken, that informs and permeates their work together.

The exhibition is part of RANDOM Archive, a collaborative project with Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre exploring text/type.


Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm

Thursday 10am – 7pm (term-time only)

Saturday 12noon – 4pm (term-time only)


3rd Floor, All Saints Library, Manchester Metropolitan

University, All Saints, Manchester, M15 6BH

0161 247 6107 •

@MMUSpecial •