Art Snippets – More of What’s On in Manchester

Art Snippets – Manchester’s Buzzin Art Scene

This latest Art Snippets is absolutely full of great Art2C in Manchester and the North West most starting this week.

Miami to Morcambe – Artist Jenny Steele presents This Building for Hope 

A new solo exhibition at the iconic Art Deco Midland Hotel, Morecambe from 4th – 22nd October 2017


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Colony, Miami Beach_Image courtesy Jenny Steele.


This Building for Hope is a new exhibition of site specific artwork and interventions within the iconic interior, exterior of The Midland Hotel and Morecambe promenade by artist Jenny Steele.

Seaside Moderne architecture, a style of modernist architecture that emerged during the 1930s-mid war leisure boom. Palaces of fun, such as the Blackpool Casino, The Rothesay Pavilion in the Isle of Bute and The Midland Hotel (Morecambe) were built to offer glamorous and stylish places to relax beside the sea for the everyday workers in the UK who were given annual holidays for the first time. Steele’s work for the exhibition This Building for Hope focus in on the decorative motifs and historical narratives, highlighting the optimistic intention of the designs of these buildings.

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Jenny Steele, Over and over…jump in, digital print on wallpaper, 2016.

This Building for Hope will include new prints on paper and textiles, sculptures, architectural interventions, and site specific printed textile work on the promenade; which also reflect on her recent transatlantic research in Miami, into 1930s coastal architecture.

As part of Jenny Steele’s exhibition a Symposium –  Miami to Morecambe: Transatlantic Seaside Moderne will be held on Sunday 8th October 2017 Details below:

An afternoon symposium of presentations and discussion exploring 1930s Seaside Moderne architecture in Morecambe and Miami South Beach, USA, preceded by a walking tour of The Midland Hotel, followed by Afternoon Tea in the Sun Terrace.

12- 12.15pm                         Welcome and light refreshments.

12.15pm-1pm                     Tour of Midland Hotel by Brian Jenkins, concierge at The Midland and  local historian.

1.15pm-2.30pm                 Presentations by Jenny Steele, Dr. Martin Zebracki and Dr. David Jarratt, followed by discussion and Q&A chaired by Elaine Speight.

3pm onwards                       Afternoon Tea in the Sun Terrace (£21 per person)


A free return bus service will be provided from central Manchester to Morecambe on Sunday 8 October. Pre-booking essential.

For event and booking information please visit:


RIDE YOUR PONY: A Biannual International Group Exhibition 5th – 7th October 2017


Ride Your Pony is to present its inaugural biannual international group exhibition at Islington Mill in Salford


Curator Marie Jones, also known as Kochi Kochi said “26 participants from across the globe including an array of Designers, Illustrators, Photographers, Artists and Makers have each been invited to create a piece of work to exhibit in response to a lucky dip letter of the alphabet. The brief asked the participants to use their letter which they received in the post as either an object within their work, or as a starting point for them to begin from.”

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Ride Your Pony – Logo

On Thursday 5th of October 5-9pm, the doors will open to the public and invited guests for the exhibitions launch party where the 26 pieces of work will be on display. A selection of invited participants include: Makers Aliyah Hussain & Mariel Osborn, an Artist and Prop Stylist based at The Engine House at Islington Mill; Andrew Joyce, a UK born Illustrator currently residing in Japan; Ben Jones, a Manchester based Illustrator; Vera Comploj, a New York City based Photographer & Director; Ane Baztarrika, a Pattern & Textile Designer from The Basque Country and Alex Wolkowicz, a Polish / German Photographer and Artist based in New York. To find out more visit or follow on instagram for regular posts on each of the participants. The exhibition will remain on view from Fri 6th Oct – Sat 7th Oct, 12-4pm.



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Sarah Eyres – Cut/Copy/Paste – Paper Gallery

Sarah Eyre – Cut/Copy/Paste – Paper Gallery, Mirabel Street, Salford – 7th October – 11 November -PRV 5th October

Sarah Eyres is a Manchester based photographer and this will be her first solo exhibition at Paper Gallery  For the exhibition Sarah has focused on the ‘strangeness of women’s wigs and their surreal qualities when detached from the body’. Sarah’s work has previously been exhibited at, amongst others, Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery, Manchester Contemporary, PS Mirabel and London Art Fair. She has also been  published in Source Magazine. Click on the links above to find out more about Sarah and Paper Gallery.


Jean Hobson – My Manchester at Contemporary Six – 28th Sept – 13th Oct


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Jean Hobson ‘Backyard Ancoats’ Image Courtsey Contemporary Six

Jean Hobson has been working on a body of artwork that documents Manchester’s urbanisation over a decade. The work focuses on the architectural transformation of the city, including iconic scenes of Piccadilly Gardens and the Town Hall to gritty back streets in Ancoats.

Jean started to work for Children Services, Manchester in 2007 and claimed it marked a turning point in her artistic career, “it was while working here, through a casual glance out of the fifth-floor window of a high-rise office where I was based, that I suddenly became aware of the massive changes that were taking place in the city below me.” From then on Jean began to focus on the changing space of the city centre, “I discovered the ushering in of a different aesthetic with a completely new language. It saw old street names being erased and outdated buildings being demolished or restructured to suit present day needs. It fascinated me, and I knew I had to record it.”

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Jean Hobson ‘Seat of Learning’, Manchester, Image Courtesy Contemporary Six 1950


‘My Manchester’ tells the story of the post-industrial, obsolete and out-dated structures that gave way to the post-modern homes, districts and construction developments. The founder of Contemporary Six, Alex Reuben has been representing Jean for seven years and says “the show has been ten years in the making and no artist has put together such a thorough documentation of Manchester’s development. It’s a must-see exhibition for anyone with a fascination of Manchester, its history and architecture.Transfuse: Three Weeks of Sculpture at The Great Medical Disaster, Manchester’s Great Northern

Transfuse: Three Weeks of Sculpture at The Great Medical Disaster, Manchester’s Great Northern


Artists Nicola Ellis, Paul Bramley, Alyson Olson and Polly Du Cros are taking up residence at The Great Medical Disaster in the Great Northern Tower for three weeks with an Open Event 5th October 6.30 – 9.30pm

The four artists will make sculpture in response to the internal architecture of the space. Developing a dialogue between each practice, the artists will discuss mutual motivations of process, materiality, Arte Provera and the Baroque

Saul Hay Anniversary Exhibition On Now – 12th Nov

Marking their first anniversary Saul Hay co-directors Catherine and Ian Hay have invited the 35 artists who have exhibited with them over the year to show a piece of their choice to celebrate the occasion. There have been some really great art shown over the year and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the artists have chosen. Definitely one to see.

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Steven Heaton – Divergent


Ilona Kiss – Visitors  – Paper Gallery Opening 5th Oct 6 -9pm


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Ilona Kiss – Visitors


Ilona Kiss’ work is strongly influenced by dreams and nightmares, collective memory, and the question of place and belonging. The poetic qualities of uncertain situations influence her work as such and connect with traditional genres like Romanticism. Her work is drawn to ambiguity and she is interested in the tension between the familiar and the weird, and the real and the imaginary. Darkness and a sense of sadness surface in her work. Biography Ilona Kiss was born in Zürich, Switzerland and lives in Manchester, UK


Bankley Open Call & Open Studios PV & Prize Giving- 6th October 6-9pm

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Bankley Gallery – Open Call




Art Snippets – in case you missed my earlier art snippets you can get more information about these exhibition below here 

Helena Denholm’s first Solo Exhibition ‘Di-alogue at The Beecham Gallery St Helens Opening  5th October

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Helena Denholm – Di-alogue

Holly Rowan Hesson  exhibiting as part of  Now On

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Assembly, 2016, projection – Image Jules Lister


Intimate’ – Isherwood Gallery Old Courts Wigan 6th -28th  October

This new exhibition at the Old Court House Wigan is curated by husband and wife team Paula Fenwick Lucas and Martyn Lucas. With newly commissioned art works and with artists such as Helena Denholm, Claire Tindale, Ruby Tingle, George Hale and many more, this should be a great exhibition with some quality artwork guaranteed!




Mike Chavez-Dawson – Bury Art Museum – Now On

This snippet features the brilliant Mike Chavez-Dawson’s new exhibition at Bury Art Museum starting 30th September. Called Fountain/fountain and with a 10m inflatable cinema sculpture based on Duchamp’s ‘Milky Way’ ,a series of collaborative Artist Moving Images on a 65″ screen Chavez-Dawson’s exhibits are never boring! There will also be performances from Ruby Tingle, Mark Butt (Ruby & Mark collaborated on Mike’s recent unveiling of Duchamp’s Ring at Manchester Art Gallery – Where it’s now part of their permanent collection)Simon Woolham and Luka Nayak