Manchester Art – Free Arts Festival 3rd March

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If the Beast from the East allows, why not brave the weather and see the Free Arts Festival at NOMA this weekend? Plus, Saul Hay Gallery in Castlefield will be showing a selection of  Experimental Films part of Manchester Film Festival 2018 – Free. (More information on both these below). You can also see there latest exhibition of contemporary art ‘Looking Forward’

Manchester art Gallery’s Annie Swynnerton ‘Painting Light and Hope’ Exhibition has also opened and is a real treat! An amazing woman who was a great supporter of Women’s Suffrage. Do, also take a look at ceramicist Kate Haywood exhibition in the next gallery for some beautiful ceramics, Textiles and Sculpture. The Whitworth has Turner Prize nominee Alison Wilding’s ‘Dark Woods’

For Arts Festival –Saturday 3rd March, 7pm – 10.30pm

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B&B Dance Characters Lithuania American Dream Misko Archyva – Free for Arts Festival

I was contacted about this Free for Arts Festival a couple of months ago when the organisers were hoping for funding which, unfortunately was not forthcoming. However I’m pleased to say, it’s going ahead at Community art space PLANT NOMA in the Northern Quarter. Free to attend, audiences can expect captivating and original performances from celebrated artists hailing from Lithuania, Birmingham, and Manchester.

Combining an array of visual art, dance, spoken word, theatre and film, the artists explore the thin veil of reality through themes of Fairytale, Dream, and Fantasy. Free For Arts is a community festival passed on to a different art collective each year, and has previously focussed on visual arts.  This year, the torch has been passed to a local collaborative arts producer Art Vanguard, building on this tradition to include performance arts to provide a vision of a #lifelessordinary for Manchester residents.

Festival Director, Ruta Skudraite says of the festival, “We are beyond excited to welcome some exceptional level performers to take over the FFAF stage this year. Free For Arts has mostly been a festival of visual arts in Manchester, so adding performances this year makes it really special for Art Vanguard’s takeover.”

Artists inviting audiences to experience a #lifelessordinary include consummate wordsmith Joe Cook, and dynamic dance duo, B&B alongside Manchester natives, Leila Herandi and Callum Latimer, adding theatre and film to the festival’s programme.  With rare talent from creative minds across UK and Europe, Art Vanguard will bring a truly unique and atmospheric one-house collaboration to local community.

Venue/Register info Here


Manchester Film Festival  – Saul Hay Saturday 3rd March – Free

As you will no doubt have seen from my earlier blog Saul Hay Gallery in Castlefield have their exhibition of contemporary art ‘Looking Forward’  and for one day only, they will also be showing the Manchester Film Festival 2018 selection of Experimental FilmsDe Dode | Spreekt | Frank Embree | Monoliths | Plicker | Dazed | Light Plays in the gallery.

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There’s some amazing Art2c currently in Manchester. I went along to the Preview of the first retrospective in almost 100 years of Manchester born artist Annie Swynnerton ‘Painting Light and Hope, at Manchester Art Gallery. 

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Annie Swynnerton – ‘Count Zoubof’

Born in Hulme as Annie Louise Robinson, she later married sculptor Joseph Swynnerton in 1883. Having trained at Manchester School of Art. Swynnerton was active in women’s suffrage, and founded the Manchester Society of Women Painters along with friend and painter Isabel Dacre in 1879. Despite being championed by Edward Burne Jones and John Singer Sargeant it was 1922 before she was made an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA) the first woman associate since its formation in 1768. This exhibition brings together 30 works from Manchester Art Galleries own collection , the Royal Academy Collection, Tate and Walker Art Gallery as well as a number of rarely seen works from private collections.

This absolutely cracking exhibition of Swynnerton’s work which I personally really enjoyed, by another Manchester artist most of us have never heard of, (Along with last years exhibition of works by ‘Manchester Monet’ Wynford Dewhurst) was curated by Swynnerton scholar Dr Katie JT Herrington and Manchester art Gallery curator Rebecca Milner.

On now until January 2019 It’s Definitely One to See

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Annie Swynnerton – ‘Italian Landscape’


Kate Haywood at Manchester Art Gallery – Now On


 Alison Wilding – The Whitworth – Now On

Alison Wilding – Photo by Toby Coulson


Alison Wilding – Largo, 2002 and In a Dark Wood, 2012 – installation at The Whitworth 2018 _2