Last Chance – Art2c – Exhibitions Ending Soon

Art2c – Exhibitions now on…but Ending Soon


Summer is nearly over and some great exhibitions are also coming to an end. If you’ve not already seen them, make the time. Manchester has some great art……and these are all free!


Cross Street Arts | Air Gallery | Saul Hay | Manchester Art Gallery |                           The Whitworth | Castlefield Gallery |

Art2c – Nasty Women of Wigan – Cross Street Arts

Nasty Women of Wigan, is not your usual art exhibition. “Nasty Women is a global art movement that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. With over forty fundraising art exhibitions taking place around the United States and abroad, Nasty Women Exhibitions also serve to support organizations defending these rights and to be a platform for organization and resistance. Strong Stuff! It’s a pity that such organisations are necessary in the 21st Century……but there relevance to aims of women’s equality is undoubted.

Money raised though sales of art works and craft items will go to local charities such as The Brick in the form of sanitary products for homeless and foodbank using women. This is an often neglected need for women struggling on low incomes or without a home.

Money will also go to Empathy a counselling service that provides support for people with diverse needs from anxiety through to victims of abuse.

The Cross Street Arts team of organizers are Anna FC Smith, Paula Fenwick-Lucas, Amy Cecilia Leigh, Lucy Sharkey and Jane Fairhurst.

The exhibition is a star-studded line up of local, national and international artists from as far afield as USA and Brazil. Alongside the organizers, artist exhibiting are: Lo Green; Olivia Brazier; Jo Barcas Buchan; Ffion Pritchard; Elaine Phipps; Rosalind Barker; Alice Watkins; Vanessa Alves; Ellen Moss; Hazel Roberts; Maryamsadat Amirvaghefi; Maria Walker; Claire Doyle; Jacqui Priestley; Rachael Finney; Ellie Barrett; Jenny Drinkwater; Sally Barker; Emily Calland; Emily Ashcroft; Helena Denholm; Lois Hopwood; Wendy Boyers, Gaenor Deacon.

Works include embroidery, painting, video, sculpture and performance works. There will also be performances, and a party, on the closing night by Lindsey Holding (musician) and Louise Fazackerley (poet).

Opening times: 26th Aug 12pm-3.30pm. 2nd Sept 11am-4pm. And by appointment during week – ring 01257424804

Closing Party 2nd Sept 7.30-9.30 pm


Art2C -Air Gallery OPEN 2017 – Until 30th September

Kate McGuire Transitions

Air Gallery is a new  art space in Altrincham, and a welcome new addition to art spaces around Manchester. Very much in the community and with aims of promoting community cohesion and reducing social isolation through its exhibition programme, their 2017 OPEN exhibition was a real eclectic mix of art from Video to Installation, Mixed Media to Sculpture and Painting to Textiles  You can read my full review of Air Gallery OPEN 2017 here


Art2c – Materials | Matter /Artists Talk – Saul Hay Gallery

The Material | Matters exhibition at Saul Hay in Castlefield has been one of my must see this summer. On until 17th September it features nine North West artists, exhibiting a range of art from Ceramics, Painting, Mixed Media etc. You can read my full review here,

Emma Lloyd – Another Time I,II

Saul Hay are also hosting a conversation featuring art historian Sara Riccardi, founder of the Art Across project, and six of the exhibiting artists. The artists will be discussing their works and their relation to materials and media, while Sara will take the emerging themes as starting points to explore how this relation has evolved throughout the centuries, in a dynamic investigation of one of the central aspects of the artistic creative process.” The six artists are Tracey Eastham, Jane Fairhurst, Rachel Grimshaw, Susan Gunn, Emma LLoyd, and Diana Terry.


Art2c – True Faith & Shirley Baker – Manchester Art Gallery

I’ve reviewed both of these exhibitions and used social media to help draw peoples attention to these two exhibitions at MAG That’s because, for me, they are brilliant. ‘True Faith’ (Review) focused on Manchester band Joy Division and its subsequent revival after the death of Ian Curtis as New Order. With film, music video’s and fashion it’s areal treat for fans and music aficionado’s alike.

Promotional materials for New Order gigs in Paris and Brussels

‘Women, Children and Loitering Men’  (Review) Photography by Shirley Baker has been another joy this summer. Perhaps because I lived through the time when the face of Manchester and its surrounding towns was changing from the back-streets and terraces of Coronation Street, to new high-rise blocks and new housing which in some cases meant the loss of community and identity. If you like social history, photography, or just lived in Salford or Manchester…..reminisce and show the kids/grand-kids how it used to be!

True Faith ends 3rd September and Shirley Baker 28th August


Art2c – ToGather -Susan Hefuna | No End To Enderby | Beyond Dementia – The Whitworth Gallery

Susan Hefuna’s exhibition covers a large area of The Whitworths show space and within Whitworth Park. Addressing some of the todays most prominent issues of migration, movement and separation, the exhibition has palmwood structure, inspired by those seen in Hefuna’s native Cairo, drawings, personal objects, and new digital work combine to the themes of migration, separation, and togetherness. A really enjoyable exhibition. Ends 3rd September

Susan Hefuna – ToGather – The Whiworth Palmwood Cases

No End to Enderby is a tribute to Manchester author and graduate of Manchester University, Anthony Burgess. The exhibition is the work of Director Graham Eatough and Artist Stephen Sutcliffe and, along with installation pieces of the sets used in the films, consists of two films. Based on Burgess’s poet creation Enderby, and said to be one of his greatest works the films cover the first chapter and last chapter of the series. Reminiscent of Doctor Who sets and characters from the sixties and The Prisoner also of the sixties these are a real filmic treat, and a must for Burgess fans (Review) Ends 17th September

Anthony Burgess
No End to Endeby – Film Set. Image -Brian Wild

Beyond Dementia is a Collection Centre exhibition that “explores the lived experience of dementia, looking beyond the condition and highlighting the positives”

Dementia is currently striking fear into many older people, and with the latest figures showing that we now have approaching One Million people living with dementia, this timely exhibition will aim to show that there are ways to live well after diagnosis.(Review) Ends 17th September

Image Courtesy The Whitworth


This has just come in from Castlefield Gallery. Launch Pad events are always different and Ill going along to have a look. The public are invited to get involved – Look down for how to participate.

Art2c – Curio Curia – Castelfield Gallery


Mustard and Ketchup – Image Castlefield Gallery

1 September 2017 — 10 September 2017

For our Autumn 2017 Launch Pad, Castlefield Gallery is excited to present CURIO CURIA, a collaboration between CG Associate member and multi-disciplinary artist Marie Jones (aka Kochi Kochi), and New York City born, Manchester-based artist Stina Puotinen.

Guest selector Kate Gray, Director of Collective Gallery (Edinburgh) and Matthew Pendergast, Castlefield Gallery’s Curator selected CURIO CURIA from CG Associate members’ submissions.

CURIO: a rare, unusual, or intriguing object.
CURIA: a curia, plural curiae, is an assembly, council, or court, in which public, official, or religious issues are discussed and decided.

Jones and Puotinen will use this Launch Pad as an opportunity to collaborate on a durational, evolving, and experiential sculptural installation, using Castlefield Gallery as their place of meeting and making from 1-10 September 2017.

CURIO CURIA will focus on where the artists’ individual practices connect through object and image making, allowing this collaborative process to be public as the work evolves. The pair will combine their collective experience manipulating found objects including sometimes foodstuffs, to create sculptural elements that play with distortion of scale, material, veracity and humour. Elements of the work will be added to, elaborated upon, moved and removed over the course of the exhibition. The installation will be, by turns, a gathering point for conversation, play, experimentation, work, and spontaneous collaboration amongst themselves and others.

The public are invited to contribute their own photographs to the exhibition via Instagram #curiocuria

Jones and Puotinen have also invited four guest artists to make their own contributions to the exhibition. From bringing work to the gallery, hosting events and staging performances, the nature of the space will change on a daily basis.

The project will open at 1pm on Friday 1 September with an experiential collaboration with guest artist Aliyah Hussain for a “Soft L(a)unch”, including nibbles and casual conversation with the artists. The table will be laid to welcome guests, who will help initiate the overall project with their presence and participation.

On Saturday 2 September (2-4pm) Jones and Puotinen will host BUFFET. The artists describe BUFFET as a collaborative skill share, soapbox, platform, and a space to test out… or a visual ‘pot-luck dinner’. From a piece of writing, a piece of work, a zine, a workshop; anyone can bring something to the experience.

CURIO CURIA will also feature the work of guest artist John Powell-Jones, who will have created a new performance and video within the installation to be premiered in the space on Wednesday 6 September and be on view for the remainder of the exhibition.

Guest artists Patti Crozier and Adam Griffiths will be responding and contributing to the project in an on-going way over the course of the exhibition.

The project will lead to an exhibition of photography, sculpture, ceramics, furniture design, and moving image work, with the celebratory event ‘This is Not a Preview’ on Thursday 7 September (6-8pm) and remain on view at Castlefield Gallery to Sunday 10 September.


More on the artists:

Marie Jones aka Kochi Kochi is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Manchester, UK. She has an MFA in Graphic Design & Art Direction from Manchester Metropolitan University (2015) Her work explores various forms, from combining computer generated visuals with more traditional and tactile mediums such as needlework and knitting, to challenging our conventional way of archiving loved ones possessions who have passed away. Jones received an artist-in- residence commission from Manchester International Festival (MIF) to develop a piece of work as part of of the opening event to Manchester International Festival (2017), “What is The City but the People?” exploring typography through textiles from her studio space at Islington Mill.

Stina Puotinen is an artist, educator and occasional curator from New York City, currently living and working in Manchester, UK, where she is studying for an MFA in Collaborative Practice at Manchester School of Art 2015 – 2017. Her work explores communication, the (mis)interpretation of objects, spontaneous acts of collaboration and the creation of social space through sculpture, installation and performance.

Guest Artists:

Adam Griffiths (Ra Bear) is a designer and art director based in Manchester, UK. He is a lecturer in Graphic Design and a member of the Design Research Group at Manchester School of Art. Through a range of media Griffiths practice moves between physical and digital worlds. He is interested in how images are harvested and disseminated through online platforms and how they might be re-presented in the ‘meatspace’ or real world enhancing the eerie familiarity between these two states.

Patti Crozier is a commercial interior designer, educator, closet artist and wannabe sculptor, based in Sheffield, UK. Her commercial work exploits the use of shape, light and material to create playful spaces and holistic experiences. CURIO CURIA will be her debut as an artist. Her work focuses on human engagement with the built environment and how it is shaped by habitual, social and cultural influences.

Aliyah Hussain is an artist and maker, based at Islington Mill, Salford, UK. Her practice encompasses performance, sound, ceramics, sculpture and collage. She experiments with the performative and technical aspects of different media to create works that reference futurist narratives, utopian visions and ritualistic practices embedded in the everyday.

John Powell-Jones is an artist based at Islington Mill, Salford, UK whose work deals with power structures, perception and personal reality. He has an ongoing concern with the degrees of separation we put in place in regards to certain aspects of morality, specifically in relation to the meat industry and the suffering of others. With a background in illustration and printmaking he has always been interested in pushing an idea across various processes. Recent work involves constructing abstract narratives, ceramics, painting, sound and film, drawing reference from b-movie horror, comics, vintage Disney, English folklore and the grotesque.