Coronation Street stars immortalised

Coronation Street character Ken Barlow

Coronation Street character Ken Barlow

A number of legendary 'Coronation Street' stars have been immortalised in artwork by Manchester-based artists Central Station.

A number of legendary 'Coronation Street' stars have been immortalised in art.

Veteran characters Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander), Elsie Tanner (Patricia Phoenix), Bet Lynch (Julie Goodyear) and Ken Barlow (Bill Roache) - who is the longest-serving actor in British soap history - have been painted in the trademark style of Manchester-based artists Central Station.

Denise Penn, ITV licensing manager, said: "Central Station first approached us with their idea in June 2009 - the appeal was immediate and ITV relished the chance to celebrate Coronation Street's heritage with the team's incredible contemporary art.

"The exhibition is a great way to celebrate 'Coronation Street' being 50 years young, and the artists' Manchester roots further reinforce our desire to work with local partners in developing the 'Coronation Street' brand into the future."

Meanwhile, the artists behind the unique paintings explained the inspiration for the pieces came from hand-painted Hollywood and Bollywood film posters.

A spokesperson for Central Station said: "We are all massive 'Corrie' fans, the long list of colourful characters that have lived on the street over the past 50 years, not only relate to us as people, but have come along at times that reflect the social and cultural dynamics of the world around us.

"Inspired by the hand-painted film posters from the golden age of Hollywood and Bollywood, we wanted to create a series of portraits that capture the unique and timeless personalities of such memorable and infamous characters."

The exhibition will be on display at Manchester's Richard Goodall Gallery from December 2 to January 15 2011.


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