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Galt, Games & Garland


The Manchester Modernist Society are proud to present an exhibition of GALT toys, games and puzzles - designed and produced by James Galt and Co.Ltd in the 1960s and 70s.

Based in Manchester, Galt revolutionised the nature of play in Britain, employing Ken Garland Associates to rebrand, package and produce an innovative product range, based on new modernist and educational principles. 

Collaborative, non gender specific, graphically bold, brightly coloured, durable and fun - Fizzog, Octons, Montage and Connect were fresh and exciting in their use of high quality illustration and simple geometric design. A stripped back sans serif logo and crisp Swiss typography added to the modern feel of the brand. Widely distributed through a mail order catalogue they were a familiar sight in thousands of schools, and now some fifty years later, evoking fond memories for the generations of children and parents that played with them.

This is the first ever major retrospective of Galt's achievements, displaying over sixty varied examples, collected by the curators, along with catalogues, books and other artefacts and ephemera. 

Everyday modernism, new ideas for a new world from Bauhaus to your house

Exhibition: Devised and curated by Natalie Ainscough & Stephen Marland

Venue: Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD

Catalogue: available here - while stocks last

Earlier Event: March 31
Wake-Up Call : Andrew Jackson
Later Event: April 8
Manchester Print Fair