London: Indian artist Nikhil Chopra painted for 65 hours continuously, at an art event that drew inspiration from the historic roots of Manchester, as world's first industrial city.

Chopra's art event called "Coal on Cotton" was held at the Whitworth Art Gallery as part of the Manchester International Festival, a website reported.

His performance explored the relationship between Manchester's textiles and the people who made them in India and Britain.

Chopra began the event at dawn on Friday as light filtered in through Victorian glass roof of the gallery.

Chopra also painted historic trade links between Manchester and Mumbai, the city where he was born.

"We don't think the gallery has stayed open all night since World War II, so we are pushing the boundaries of what a gallery does," Maria Balshaw, director of the Whitworth Art Gallery, told a website.

Highlights of the event include works by 19th century English painters J.M.W. Turner and William Blake, and contemporary Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, whose Mittal Tower was the highest point in the Olympic Park at the London Olympic Games.

London: Indian artist Nikhil Chopra painted for 65 hours continuously, at an art event that drew inspiration from the historic roots of Manchester, as world's first industrial city.

Chopra's art event called "Coal on Cotton" was held at the Whitworth Art Gallery as part of the Manchester International Festival, a website reported.

His performance explored the relationship between Manchester's textiles and the people who made them in India and Britain.

Chopra began the event at dawn on Friday as light filtered in through Victorian glass roof of the gallery.

Chopra also painted historic trade links between Manchester and Mumbai, the city where he was born.

"We don't think the gallery has stayed open all night since World War II, so we are pushing the boundaries of what a gallery does," Maria Balshaw, director of the Whitworth Art Gallery, told a website.

Highlights of the event include works by 19th century English painters J.M.W. Turner and William Blake, and contemporary Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, whose Mittal Tower was the highest point in the Olympic Park at the London Olympic Games.

(Agencies)

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