The Thin Veneer of Democracy

The result of an ambitious collaboration between UHC’s illustrators, designers, researchers and furniture makers, The Thin Veneer of Democracy brought together multiple disciplines and interests, in a focused interrogation of the city’s relationship to its private regeneration partners.

With a 16ft long surface intricately inlaid in wood veneers and hand painted in Indian ink, the piece connected the names of 101 institutions, officials, companies and private individuals who were invested in Manchester City Council’s Knowledge Capital project.

Conceived to act as UHC’s own boardroom table, The Thin Veneer of Democracy won the Art Gene open prize in 2007 and resulted in numerous bespoke furniture commissions.

Supported by Arts Council England