Manifest Arts Festival 5-9th July

Manifest Arts Festival 2017 5th-9th July

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Manifest Arts Festival 2017

Manifest Arts Festival 2017 Launches tomorrow at the New Adelphi Gallery on the University of Salford campus (close to Salford Crescent station) The Manifest Festival starts its second year with a stronger than ever offering of mainly artist curated contemporary art in venues across Manchester and Salford, plus one in Bolton.

Directors John Lynch, Elisa Artesero and Roger Bygott have brought together some of Manchester and the North West’s best emerging artists, in accessible venues mainly around the city centre. My listings are for day one but most events run across the 5 day’s of the festival. (A link to the full programme is available at the bottom of the page)

If you love contemporary new art, you really need to get out there. There’s something for everyone. Read below for some idea of What’s On:

In addition to the launch event, and at the same venue is:

Paper Gallery’s ‘The Surface of Things’

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Paper Gallery – ‘The Surface of Things’ – Manifest Arts Festival 2017


Also on Wednesday:

‘Ermine’ – Ruby Tingle – Chethams Library. Preview 6.30 / 7.30 Wednesday – Exhibition Continues 6th- 7th July

Having seen Ruby Tingle’s performance piece with Mike Chavez-Dawson at the launch of Manchester Art Gallery’s latest acquisition ‘Deuchamps Ring’ I know you are going to be entertained with this “Living self-portrait, with original score installed in the historic Reading Room of Chethams Library, with unnaturally white animals inspired by fictional urban myths and fairy tales”

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Ruby Tingle – Ermine Manifest Arts Festival 2017 – Image courtesy the Artist


Saul Hay Gallery – Meet the Directors 5 th – 9th July

Ian and Catherine Hay opened Saul Hay Fine Arts in Castlefield in October of last year. Saul Hay offer curated exhibitions of contemporary art by North West based artists, and their current exhibition ‘Colour And I Are One’ (Read my review here) has been extended over the festival.

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James Roper ‘ Metanoia III’ Oil on Canvas. Saul Hay Gallery. Image: Brian Wild

This is an opportunity to meet with Ian and Catherine to find out about their journey from idea to the reality of becoming gallery owners. The exhibition is, as the names suggests, all about colour with artists such as Karol Kochanowski, Sabrina Schmid, Pete Hoida and James Roper, sculptors Gareth Griffiths and Patricia Volks and there’s also drinks and nibbles. What’s not to like!


International3 – ‘WANDERLUST’ 5th-9th July

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Ma Qiusha Take A Walk 2016 Two Channel Video Courtesy of the Artist and Beijing Commune

WANDERLUST explores ideas of voyeurism, omitted content and ambiguous journey’s and seeing the world from an altered perspective. The exhibition is guest curated by University of Salford alumna Amy Stevenson.


‘Make Shift’ – Air Gallery (Altrincham) 5th-8th July

MAKE/SHIFT showcases the relationship between everyday objects and contemporary art, blurring the line between utility and aesthetic. Featuring the work of nine emerging artists, the everyday object is transformed through the process of alteration and reassembly into new artistic form.

For a list opening times/days for Manifest Arts Festival 2017 click here for the full programme