Art in Manchester – Contemporary art exhibitions in March

This weeks art in Manchester has news of the Bid and Rebuild charity auction, at Saul Hay Gallery,  Europia Art Collectives first Manchester exhibition , GM Arta Prize announce the judges for this years competition, Neo:Artists exhibition ‘Fragmentation” now on at their Bolton studios, and ‘The Detached’ is the new exhibition from Altrincham’s Air Gallery

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Saul Hay Gallery – Live Charity Auction 14th March

Saul Hay Gallery are to host a live charity auction on 14th March at their Castlefield gallery. Money raised will go to help refugees to be re-united with their loved ones. These are just some of the fantastic artwork donated by the artists  for auction, with more to see at the on-line bid link below

Together Now and the Survivors of Torture Fund are both Manchester based charities run entirely by volunteers. Both charities are small and this auction, the second they’ve held in partnership, has the potential to make significant contributions to their work for the coming year.

One piece, ‘Journey’s End’ by David Storey, has  already raised £1,200 for the UNICEF Syrian Refugee appeal through sales of reproductions. Other pieces have guide prices between £50 and £650.

Advance bids can be made online here.

Eamonn Murphy Manchester Central

About the charities:

Together Now

Many refugees have been forced to leave families in order to seek asylum. Together Now supports refugees living in the UK to be able to be reunited with their loved ones. All our clients have fled persecution and many are survivors of torture.


 Survivors of Torture Fund

Many asylum seekers and refugees have experienced torture, and even in the UK some are without any financial support.  The Survivors of Torture Fund is a charity dedicated to the relief of financial hardship among survivors of state-inflicted torture who are refugees or asylum seekers  receiving  therapeutic care through Manchester charities.


Europia Art Collective

PV 7th March – Continues until 21st March

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Karol Kochanowski


As we prepare to leave the European Union later this month, a new collective of European artists in Manchester are launching their first exhibition at The Old Bank Residency. A not for profit organisation  The Europia Art Collective have stated their aim is to “support European art and artists in Manchester and to bring awareness of European tradition into the context of today’s socio-political climate” and to be “a hub of all things Europe and Art”

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Baiba Auria

The launch will be showcasing works of 7 European expat artists and co-founders of EARTS, who all live and create in Manchester. Alongside works of their main art practice, artists will also present pieces created specifically for this event, depicting their personal connection to their home countries. Some of them will be interactive and invite people to explore the European tradition together with the artist.

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Katarzyna Jablonska

Neo: Artists – “Fragmentation”

Now on until end March

Neo: Artists Bolton is home to the new contemporary art gallery run by neo:artists. Located on the ground floor at the end of the Café Boulevard the large space is hosting a show by their own artists called “Fragmentation(s)” which features work by 18 of them.

The curators Marguerite Heywood and Thaleia Kavvada explained the title: “Fragmenting is a difficult part of our lives at present. These art works explore ideas of actual physical disintegration and the tiny fragments which we can only try to understand, not really see. Some works examine issues like voting or jobs which are literally concerned with fragments, like mining. Several abstract pieces take on the idea of how tiny pieces come together in fluid and sharp-edged images.” neo:galleryX

GM Arts Prize Judges Announced

Greater Manchester’s premier arts prize have announced the judging panel for this years competition. Art in Manchester is thriving and the GM Arts Prize competition continues the opportunity for artists to showcase their art to an increasing wide audience as the competition moves to one of the ten Greater Manchester boroughs each year. This years venue will be Bolton Museum and Art Gallery.

Submissions must be in by 5th May

D E T A C H E D – Air Gallery

PV 14th March 6-9pm –  continues until 6Th April

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The Detached -Air Gallery

Dempsey and Gratrix explore notions of joy and a peculiar pursuit of happiness, often expressed through material experimentations, a conceptual and visual sensitivity to colour and studying of each other’s practices as temporary collaborators.
Spaces they construct offer a period of detached togetherness as they act neighbourly whilst curtain twitching at one another’s aesthetics.

Tina Dempsey

Dempsey’s work aims to capture and generate a sense of joy, both for herself and the viewer. A playful exploration of collage, print, mark-making, and palette result in a series of aesthetically charged, site-specific installations, works on paper and sculpture, that hope to inspire a quiet revolution as an antidote for mass consumerism.

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The Detached – Air Gallery

Garth Gratrix

Gratrix seeks to experiment with the machismo of making; in particular how to embed queerness within the foundations and processes of constructing minimalist installation and sculptural pieces. In current works, the artist studies found colour specifications and the relationships between language, aesthetics and communication.