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‘Just go with what floats your boat’ - Shaun Ryder talks art

24 October 2017

A leading figure in the ‘Madchester’ movement of the eighties and nineties, Shaun Ryder has never been one to conform to the norm. The Happy Mondays star, latterly Black Grape, has collaborated with everyone from Russell Watson to Gorillaz and Peter Kay, and in 2010 was a runner-up on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

As Manchester Confidential found out on speaking to Ryder ahead of this year’s Buy Art Fair, this eclecticism applies to his taste in art too. From a pop art Jonny Rotten to post-apocalyptic Deansgate, the art-loving Salfordian has built up quite a collection over the years.

He shares what he looks for when it comes to art, and talks about some of his favourite pieces - read the full interview here.

Ryder said: "I’m just a humble songwriter. But early on I bought this great piece of Pop Art, it’s of the Sex Pistols Jonny Rotten with the year ‘1976’ written all over it. I got it from Buy Art Fair several years ago."

"There’s some brilliant stuff in Manchester. I did a photo-shoot a few months ago at an art gallery in the centre of Manchester, near Spring Gardens (Manchester Art Gallery). It had all the classic paintings in, it was the first time I’d been in there in my 55 years of existence. I just thought it was beautiful, some brilliant stuff in there."



Supported in 2017 by


Jack Arts

Manchester Evening News

Principal Manchester

Manchester City Council

Manchester School of Art

Cheadle Hulme School

Landmark Investments Group

5plus architects


Farrow & Ball

J W Lees

Cass Art

Own Art