Picture preview: The 45th anniversary Star Trek art exhibition 

Celebrating 45 years of Star Trek, Generation Pop art gallery in Manchester city centre is hosting an exhibition of the official Star Trek fine art collection.

Fans from all over the country will be attending the invitation-only launch event on Friday in costume with a number of Star Trek artists also in attendance. The exhibition will be open to the public from the 9 September.

It is 45 years this week since the first episode featuring Kirk, Spock and the rest of the crew hit the TV screens back in 1966.

Artwork being flown over Los Angeles and New York will include illustrative pieces from Ryan Church, Ryan created the concept artwork for the latest Star Trek film as well as Geoffrey Mandel who worked on almost all the Star Trek films and TV series, Geoffrey has created a map of the Star Trek Universe, limited to just 45 worldwide especially for the anniversary.

Click here or on the image to preview the exhibition in pictures

More information on the artists:

Ryan Church

Ryan is a Californian artist who has worked at Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios, Industrial Light and Magic as well as at Skywalker Ranch. He created concept designs for Star Wars and other films including War of the Worlds, Avatar, Transformers and of course Star Trek.

Geoffrey Mandel

Having worked as a graphic designer on Spiderman 2, Mission Impossible 3 and TV shows including 24 and Mad Men (where he won the Art Directors Guild Award for excellence in Production Design), Geoff has worked on almost every Star Trek series, book and film including Star Trek Generations, Insurrection, Voyager, Enterprise and the latest Star Trek film.

Dave Merrell

Rarely does an artist transcend time with such fluidity and intrigue as Dave Merrell. As deft of pencil holding hand as when working plugged in, Dave’s blend of retro and urban art styles will whisk you through past decades and beyond.

Brian Rood

Brian Rood is a professional illustrator, highly regarded for his work in the entertainment and comic art fields. The American artist is best known for his photo-realistic paintings of Hollywood stars. He has also worked on some of the biggest films of all time including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Transformers, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, The Crow, X-men, The Matrix Reloaded and Marvel Characters: Spiderman, Hulk and Daredevil.