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Tunick plans naked photo shoot for Salford art gallery

Naked people in front of Sydney Opera House, Australia (1 March 2010)
Spencer Tunick carried out a similar project in Sydney earlier this month

Hundreds of people are being asked to shed their clothes to celebrate a Greater Manchester art gallery's 10th birthday.

The Lowry, in Salford, has commissioned photographer Spencer Tunick to create a piece of work in Salford and neighbouring Manchester in May.

The New York-based artist needs 1,000 volunteers to take part.

The work will be shown at The Lowry from June to September as part of its exhibition, Everyday People.

Tunick has photographed thousands of nude volunteers across the world, most recently at the Sydney Opera House earlier this month.

In Salford and Manchester, Tunick will create his first multiple site installation. Volunteers will be taken, via heated buses, to eight locations over the weekend of 1-2 May and asked to pose naked while Tunick creates his piece of work.

'Intriguing prospect'

He wants to capture the movement of everyday people in each photograph, reflecting the work of Salford artist LS Lowry.

"Salford and Manchester presents an intriguing prospect for my latest UK installation, based both on the rich industrial heritage that exists across both cities and the art of LS Lowry," Tunick said.

"LS Lowry's paintings depicting the mass of everyday people who contributed to the industrial machine of the 20th century, also provide an interesting frame of reference in terms of the compositional possibilities of the installations."

Kate Farrell, The Lowry's curator of special exhibitions urged people to take part.

She said: "This is a one-off chance to feature in an international artwork and to become part of a global network of Tunick participants."

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