Art in Manchester – February

Art in Manchester – February has an exciting new independent record label launching. No Such Thing Records from Ruby Tingle and Dirty Freud. If your a muralist, there’s a great opportunity with Manchester Craft and Design Centre. Manchester Arts promotion and events company Cotton On MCR have launched its Open Call with prizes and an exhibition at Castlefield based gallery Saul Hay Fine Art and Chinese Centre for Contemporary Arts have video treats from Lantern making for Chinese New Year and a new online work from Manchester based artist Omid Asadi. Enjoy!!

No Such Thing

New Record Label Launches Giving A Voice To Marginalised Artists In The North

Inherently northern, No Such Thing is the UK’s newest independent record label. With a commitment to championing diversity through its roster and fusing music with the visual arts, No Such Thing is set to challenge the status quo in a time of great industry and societal flux. Founded by Dirty Freud and Ruby Tingle, who between them have over 20 years in the industry, No Such Thing launches on Friday 26 February.

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Ruby Tingle

“What sets No Such Thing apart is our commitment to giving a voice to artists from under-represented groups – whether that’s ethnicity, sexuality or disability,” explains co-founder and honorary northerner, Dirty Freud, an electronic musician and music producer.

Dirty Freud

“We’re passionate about levelling the playing field in the music industry. That’s why we’ve set the ambitious target of 70% releases to come from LGBTQ+ and Black and minority ethnic artists. As a Black artist myself, I know that doors don’t always open that easily if you don’t fit the mould. Or if they do, you’re expected to fit into a stereotyped box. We’re here to challenge that, to empower our artists and give them back creative control.”
Ruby Tingle, a Sheffield-born, Manchester-based musician and visual artist, adds, “There’s so much creativity in the north, which we’re here to harness. This is a really exciting time to be doing something different in the music industry.”
No Such Thing launches with six of the region’s most exciting new artists on its roster: Szou, Leftwinter, Iora, Kaspa., Off Noise

Why not listen to two of the artists already signed to No Such Thing Records

You can listen to a Szou Here

You can listen to Irora here


Find out more:

No Such Thing Website


MCDC Artist Call Out

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MCDC Call Out


Artist fee: £1200 + £100 for materials
Closing date for submissions: Friday 5 March 2021

An amazing opportunity for a mural artist to be involved in producing artwork for this iconic building.

Manchester Craft & Design Centre are looking to work with an artist to paint a new mural on the side of their building on Copperas Street.

They would like to commission a mural that celebrates Manchester Craft and Design Centre, the amazing building, and the local area. Most importantly, they would like this mural to be a cheerful, welcoming piece of art that compliments its surroundings.

For full information follow the link to the MCDC website below.

MCDC Website


Events at Chinese’s Centre for Contemporary Art

Hansel and Gretel by Omid Asadi

Throughout February

In his new performance Hansel and Gretel (2021), Omid Asadi invites viewers on a journey highlighting hidden aspects of the city below our feet. Whereas the story’s original protagonists are seduced by a trail of sweets, Asadi instead paints a trail of discarded and now inedible chewing gum, transforming them into canvases on the greystone pavements forest.
Asadi is an artist whose practise is concerned with the human condition, the relationship between migrants and the new places and contexts they find themselves in. His new work Hansel and Gretel is collaboratively commissioned by PROFORMA and CFCCA, and has been created in response to Asadi’s current exhibition Autopsy of a Home at CFCCA (temporarily paused due to the UK lockdown). The performance was first presented as part of LOITER, PROFORMA’s one-day live public art exhibition in January that connected Manchester with Salford.


Lantern Making: An Online Workshop

Date: Tue 9 Feb – Tue 23 Feb 2021

To celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Ox, CFCCA have worked with artist Stephanie Jong to create an online step-by-step Lantern Making Workshop that you can take part in from home, using simple, readily available materials and techniques.
Featuring three different styles of paper lantern, the workshop is aimed at all ages and abilities though younger participants will need support from parents or carers. It is available with either English or Chinese captions.


Sounds Like Scran: Listening Sessions

Date: Sat 20 Feb, 11am – 4pm Location: via Zoom, prebooking required

As part of International Mother Language Day, CFCCA are working together with artist Semay Wu to create a Mancunian Audio Cookbook exploring the City’s language diversity through the common thread of food culture. Like a traditional cookery book, each ‘page’ of Sounds Like Scran will showcase a chosen dish. This dish will not be described by the instructions on how to cook it, but by the stories and experiences that surround it.
To support participants to have their food stories included in the work, CFCCA are facilitating informal, welcoming and free-to-attend 1-to-1 Zoom sessions with artist and facilitator Semay Wu. Share the story of your chosen dish, talk through your connection to the food and finally, retell your food story in your mother language.
Find out more and book your own Listening Session here: like-scran-listening-sessions/.
Organised in partnership with Manchester City of Literature




EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 23rd April – Monday 3rd May Saul Hay Gallery

DEADLINE: Friday 26th March


The team at Cotton On MCR, are hosting their first, stand-alone art exhibition and the launch of their Open Call!

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Cotton On MCR is now offering Manchester based artists the chance to submit their work to an open call for an exhibition set to launch in April, in the heart of Manchester city centre at Saul Hay Gallery. This is open to all, hobbyists, students, graduates, amateurs, and professionals alike and every applicant receives something for their submission, even if they are not chosen for the physical exhibition itself. Cotton On MCR aims to show that art can be for everyone and made by anyone, and want this exhibition to help promote that message.

Cotton On MCR invites you to apply for this exciting exhibition no matter where you are in your artistic journey. Whilst Manchester has so much on offer, they have identified that there is a lack of exhibition space for emerging talent and lesser-known artists who contribute to Manchester’s art scene. Cotton On MCR understands that some galleries and exhibitions can come across as elitist and want to show that this isn’t the case, and by displaying the work of local and mixed media artists, they are aiming to create a platform that promotes all artists equally and give a dedicated space to local talent. If you are a Manchester based artist, this could be an opportunity to have your work celebrated and seen by a huge audience of art fans. You can submit 2D and 3D work with the option to submit multiple pieces too.


What successful applicants will receive:

Cotton On MCR has some amazing opportunities available for all the artists involved, including a competition for the ‘best piece’ on display at the exhibition. This will be judged by an amazing panel of judges made up of the owner of Cotton On MCR, Domino, alongside the owner of Saul Hay gallery Ian Hay, with special guest panelists artists Ian Rayer-Smith and Liam Hopkins aka Lazerian. Together they will select a winner, who will receive their very own solo exhibition plus a bunch of other prizes!

Cotton On MCR wants to give back to all those that apply, so unsuccessful applicants will receive a dedicated feature in an online exhibition on Cotton On MCR website which will have its own launch date and coverage too. Feedback will be available on your application and there’ll be plenty of coverage of the exhibition on social media too.

This is a rare opportunity to have your work shown with other Manchester artists in your community and to receive exposure not often given to the Manchester art scene. To enter, simply head to the website: