Bruntwood Prize – Are You Up for the Challenge?

26th February 2017

      Playwright? -Are You Up for the Bruntwood Challenge? As a regular visitor to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, I’ve seen quiet a lot of the output from the Bruntwood Prize over the years. Re-invented after the June 1996 Manchester bombing in a theatre in the round design, The Royal Exchange has hosted some of the best known actors and plays, and provided a platform for not only recognised playwrights, but for new and emerging…

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Manchester Arts Scene – My Pick of Things to See

21st February 2017

Manchester Arts Scene There’s a lot going on in the Manchester Arts and Culture Scene at the moment and I thought a brief  update would be a good idea. I haven’t included everything, not enough time,  but here’s an overview of some of the one’s I find most interesting. Saul Hay at The Portico The Portico Library, a historic and beautiful old building on Moseley Street, Manchester, are hosting Saul Hay exhibition of Contemporary Art.  Saul…

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HOST – Helping Manchester’s Homeless

HOst Hilary Jack
13th February 2017

I met artist Hilary Jack at the recent Castlefield Gallery Launch Pad event and found out more about her commission to provide the Spinnigfields Art Commission 2016 artwork for sponsors Allied London. The commission called HOST, is a series of nine discreet and intricately rendered bronze sculptures of hybrid plants, and will eventually be sold to help the homeless of Manchester through the Manchester Homelessness Partnership. Hilary Jack is well used to…

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Saul Hays Contemporary Art at The Portico Library

Performance (Franko B) by Enzo Marra
12th February 2017

Contemporary Art in Britain I popped into the Saul Hay gallery recently and was delighted to speak with one its owners Catherine Hay. Passionate about their new venture into the art-world, the gallery has not long been open and had exhibition TWO – Northern Abstracts as its current in-house offering of contemporary art by established contemporary artists from the North West. Catherine also told me of the exciting new exhibition at Manchester’s beautiful Portico Library….

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Castlefield Gallery – Stick or Twist – Now On

7th February 2017

Castlefield Gallery Artists Take Control!   You need to be quick if you want to see this Launch Pad exhibition by Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery. Open from 3rd – 12th February at the galleries Hewitt Street site. Castlefield Launch Pad is one of many initiatives undertaken by the gallery who’s stated vision is for the North to be a place where artists can live and produce work, to nurture that talent, explore…

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