Art Exhibitions in Manchester July 3

Art Exhibitions – Summer in the City – July 3

‘Iron Maiden’ – Jen Orpin

Being Allowed To Look – Saul Hay Gallery

28th July to 16th September.


‘Cardboard Reality 2’ – Peter Davis

Contemporary art at its best comes to Saul Hay at the end of July.

It is rare that we have an opportunity to slow, stop and look, really look, at our fellow humans.The artists in this exhibition have and in doing so, as contemporary artists, have not only captured a likeness or told us, through clues and symbols, about the status and achievements of their subjects but are telling us something about ourselves and our society.

Peter Davis | Jamie Frost | Ania Hobson | Melinda Matyas,

 Jen Orpin | Laura Quinn Harris |  David Storey

Jamie Frost

Peter Davis: Prize-winning professional painter and elected member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA). Peter is a social realist painter who creates contemporary portraiture that tells stories about his sitters.

Jamie Frost:  Award winning figurative fine artist makes sculpture, painting and drawings at his studio in West Yorkshire. His work is pointedly meticulous and reflects an intense relationship between the body and the person.

Ania Hobson: a contemporary figurative painter based in Suffolk and the Winner of the Young Artist Award for the prestigious BP Portrait Awards 2018 in the National Portrait Gallery.

‘Idle’ – Melinda Matyas

Jen Orpin: prize-winning painter and member of Rogue Artists Studios is represented by Saul Hay Gallery.

Melinda Matyas: Melinda’s work is a reflection on society and the continuously changing identity generated by that.

David Storey:  is a British figurative painter and Threadneedle Prize finalist. His psychologically charged paintings are an exploration of memory, with half-remembered people and places emerging from complex layers of texture and colour.

Laura Quinn Harris: specialises in oil portraits of people and animals. BP Portrait Award, DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year, Artists & Illustrators Artists of the Year, and Birds in Art.



Negotiate: Cross Street Arts 


Faye Hall, Lily Karen, Sarah Gilman, Rebecca Ainsworth


Art in Wigan – Negotiate showcases the work of four female painters and recent graduates from Fine Art Painting BA(Hons) at University Centre St Helens. They have diverse approaches to the act of painting, all exploring the subject of surface and texture. This collection of intimate works invites a dialogue into the nature of painting and tactile experience.

Opening Friday 27th July 6-9pm – Continues till 17th Aug, viewing by appointment 01257 424804



Friday 3rd August 6-8pm – exhibition continues until 29th September 2018.

“A woman must have money and a room of her own…” Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (1928)

ARoOO_ – By Anya Mikolajczyk

Art on Wilmslow Road.

In response to the Virginia Woolf’s feminist text The Travelling Heritage Bureau called out to women artists to document the spaces in which they work or find inspiration. The response is an archival display exhibited by Zellij Arts which offers a collective exploration of the challenges or opportunities of finding and “making space” as women artists, particularly those who are journeying or displaced.

The Travelling Heritage Bureau is a co-research project and supportive network with and for international & displaced women artists based in the North West of England. The Bureau is a space of resistance, creativity and inclusion; a space for women artists including refugees, exiles, asylum seekers and other migrant women with direct experience of displacement.

This project is managed by the Digital Women’s Archive North C.I.C: an arts and heritage organisation, delivering a programme of community-based projects and research relating to gender (culture, heritage, spaces, equality, social participation, wellbeing). [DWAN] supports women and girls to identify, collect, disseminate and celebrate their cultural heritage through Feminist creative and digital interventions. Women and girls are empowered and skilled to be active citizens participating in culture and heritage, and wider educational opportunities.

The Alexandra Library 247 Wilmslow Road Manchester M14 5LW



The March Of The Artists

Sunday 29th July – Saturday 25th August – Leaving from Manchester Central at 11.30am

Art walk to London.

200 years ago, The Blanketeers began their walk from this very spot (then called Peter’s Field) in Manchester to London.
So too, will we.

March of the Artists

Artist Lauren Sagar was inspired by the Blanketeers, who set off from Manchester in 1817 to highlight the desperate hardship faced by textile workers in the North West. The March was one of a series of events culminating in the Peterloo massacre two years later, and led to parliamentary reform, and many of the workers rights that we now benefit from in the UK. The marchers each carried a blanket to identify them as textile workers, to gain support, and to sleep under on those cold March nights in the open air.

Hundreds of Blanketeers set off from Peter’s Field, many were turned back by the cavalry, a very large number were arrested, and one man was killed, all of this before they reached Macclesfield, some 20 miles away. Of the five thousand that set off only one man, Abel Cauldwell, reached London.

The displacement of the city’s artists due to intense property development is stimulating a number of artist led projects to become autonomous and sustainable, this is our way to create some change.

March of the Artists

This project is a collaborative piece; Lauren is joined by photographer John-Paul Brown and theatre-maker Eve Robertson.

They begin the walk on 29th July and will take 28 days to reach London. En-route there will be performances, creative activity workshops and an ongoing discussion about artist visibility. Like the Blanketeers, artists are in a moment of evolution.

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