BeesBlogs – Art Exhibitions in Manchester

BeesBlogs – August Art Exhibitions in Manchester and other news!


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BeesBlogs round up of new and currently showing art exhibitions in Manchester early this August, plus a few other snippets!

Last Friday found me at the PV of Saul Hay Gallery’s new exhibition ‘Being Allowed to Look‘ which was a real treat of contemporary art and sculpture, and also an opportunity to chat to exhibiting artists Peter Davis, Laura Quinn-Harris, and Jen Orpin. If your around Castlefield pop in and have a chat to Saul Hay directors Ian and Catherine Hay. It’s well worth making the effort to visit. I’m confident you’ll like what you see!.

Cross Street Arts in Wigan also launched their new exhibition ‘NEGOTIATE’  which has had some fantastic Social Media reports. Plus the local  You can read more about it HERE


Just too late the last BeesBlogs, was the new exhibition from Paradise Works. ‘Apparel’ is part of a co-operative with Division of Labour and you can read more below.

BeesBlogs News – Artzu Gallery – As part of the St Johns development into Manchester’s new cultural zone independent gallery ARTZU will be relocating from Quay Street to hopefully………further up Quay Street! That means the opportunity to pick up some contemporary art in their Relocation Sale The gallery will close on the 31st August

This week BeesBlogs will be checking out the new exhibition from artist Elizabeth Kwant’s Zellij Arts, which I featured in my last BeesBlogs, ‘A Room of Ones Own‘ (The exhibition title is from Virginia Woolf’s book of the same name from1928) is from The Travelling Heritage Bureau  a co-research project and supportive network with and for international & displaced women artists based in the North West of England. The project is managed by the Digital Women’s Archive North C.I.C:  Full details HERE

ARoOO_ – By Anya Mikolajczyk

And, don’t forget the March Of The Artists continues as they walk from Manchester to London to highlight the displacement of the city’s artists due to intense property development. Quiet timely as we sadly see the closure of Artwork Atelier this month.

March of the Artists

You can follow the travels of Lauren Sagar, Eve Robertson, and John Paul Brown at


Paradise Works – ‘Apparel

27 July – 18 October 2018, by appointment Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 12-5pm


Paradise Works – ‘Apparel’

Artists: Céline Berger, Andrew Gillespie, Ada Van Hoorebeke, Jeremy Hutchison, Jasleen Kaur, Andrew Lacon, Leeds Weirdo Club, Andrew Mania and Fay Nicolson. In collaboration with the local clothing and fashion co-op ‘Stitched Up’.

Part of the CO-OPERATIVES SERIES: JULY 2018 –APR 2020
The relocation of the gallery Division of Labour from London to Paradise Works and this inaugural show, Apparel, marks the beginning of a year long research project into co-operatives and mutualism. The artist Stuart Whipps challenged the premise of the galleries modus operandi and posed the questions: “Could a not-for-profit gallery for represented artists work as a collectivized mutual or co-operative group?  What mechanisms and structures could be employed to create a working gallery where a fair distribution of profit from sales can exist?”

Over 20 months Division of Labour will enact six exhibitions looking at clothes, food, healthcare, housing, transport and banking. Whilst in Manchester DoL will invite co-operatives and similar organisations to talk about and share their experiences.

Image: He Walked Like He Owned Himself (2018) Jasleen Kaur / Photo care of Love Unlimited; Social Event – part of the supported programme for Glasgow International Platform, Glasgow Club Easterhouse Pool, / Malcolm Cochrane Photo credit.


AIR Open 2018 Summer Exhibition.

Thursday 9th August from 6pm-9pm at AIR Gallery.

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The AIR Open 2018 is the gallery’s annual summer exhibition showcasing contemporary art from across local, national and international artists. Featuring 38 emerging and early career artists, this showcase generates a stimulating dialogue about the global art scene through the medium of painting, photography, installation, printmaking, sculpture, film, ceramic, textiles, embroidery, glass, drawing, mixed media and more.

The exhibition continues from the 10th August – 29th September 2018, with an awards ceremony on the evening of Saturday 29th September. Visitors can vote for their favourite works up until the last day.


BeesBlogs –  The Hepworth Wakefield has had a substantial donation towards the creation of its garden

Hepworth – Riverside Garden

The Hepworth Wakefield is delighted to announce that the G&K Boyes Charitable Trust has generously awarded £100,000 in support of its ambition to transform the grassed area adjacent to the gallery into a beautifully landscaped garden, free for all to enjoy, created by leading designer Tom Stuart-Smith

In March this year, The Hepworth Wakefield was granted planning permission to develop the 4,000 square metre site (around one acre) into an ambitious garden that will link the dramatic Sir David Chipperfield-designed gallery to the existing playground and soon-to-be-renovated Victorian mill complex with which it shares the waterfront site.

Stuart-Smith is an award-winning garden and landscape designer who has won eight gold medals and three ‘best in show’ at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He has designed the garden for Wakefield to create year-round interest for visitors. Early flowering trees and plants, including Japanese flowering cherry, magnolia species, snowdrops and hellebore, will be followed by complex meadow planting that will burst into full colour in the summer months. Late flowering asters and anemones together with trees such as Cornus kousa that turn deep red and orange will maintain colour throughout the autumn, and sculptural plants such as alliums and exotic grasses will create drama in the winter. It will incorporate well known plants with much rarer species, have a number of sites for outdoor sculptures and small lawned areas and seating on which people can relax.

This new funding adds to the £250,000 awarded by the Garfield Weston Foundation, generous contributions from a number of private individuals, and half of the prize money won by The Hepworth Wakefield when it was named Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017. To date, the gallery has raised 40% of the total funds needed before work can begin on the Garden.