Manifest Arts Festival, Paradise, Rogue and Europia – Art in Manchester

Manifest Arts Festival 2019

12th – 21st July All over Manchester!

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Manifest Arts Festival 2019

Manifest Arts Festival,which launches this years programme at Rogue Artists Studios Open Event (See below) is an artist-curated biennial festival giving visitors an insight into the wide-ranging contemporary art being produced in the North West  Now In its third year, it has increased in size and scope with 10 full days to explore over 50* events across some of the most unusual and exciting spaces of arts production and exhibition in Manchester, Salford, Bolton, and this year, Wigan.

This year’s structure takes the form of 2 long weekends focusing on Manchester and Salford areas, with continuing exhibitions and special events across all areas during the week. The satellite areas, Altrincham, Bolton, and Wigan, have events throughout the festival dates. and the hope is this new structure will make this huge festival easier to navigate.

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Elisa Artesero and Roger Bygott – manifest Arts Festival Co-Directors

The fantastic Manifest Arts Festival is organised by Co-Directors Elisa Artisero, Roger Bygott and John Lynch who said:

We believe that we live and work in one of the most culturally exciting places in the country, and Manifest Arts Festival is a celebration of the visual arts community. We’re excited to share this with visitors wanting to get an insight into the contemporary arts scene of the region. All events are free to visit, so why not give them a try!”

You can find a link to the pdf for the full  programme below:

Buffer Zones – Paradise Works

Launch: Thursday 11 July, 6 – 9pm, with donations bar & wood-fired pizza
Open: 12 July – 3 August, Saturdays 12-5pm or by appointment

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Hilary Jack ‘No Borders’ – Buffer Zones – Paradise Works

Paradise Works present BUFFER ZONES, a group exhibition of thirteen critically acclaimed contemporary artists, curated by Nat Pitt (Division of Labour, The Manchester Contemporary).

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Jeremy Hutchison – Movables, 2017, Fondazione Prada Athens – Buffer Zones – Paradise Works

Buffer Zones brings together the works of thirteen artists in a physical commentary on the geopolitical, social economic and cultural impacts of borders. The audience is invited to make a precarious journey through barricades, borders and partitions to experience Buffer Zones at Paradise Works. Conceived during the United Kingdom’s attempts to leave the EU, themes of division, separation of community and physical space take the fore in this immersive exhibition.

Exhibiting Artists: Sally Payen, Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Yelena Popova, Hilary Jack, Gavin Wade, Jeremy Hutchison, Simon & Tom Bloor, James Bridle, Marco Godoy, Ella Littwitz.


Ornamentika – Europia Arts Collective – Fred Aldous Window

9th – 21st July Part of Manifest Arts Festival 2019

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Ornamentika – Fred Aldous Window – image courtesy Roger Bygott

As part of Manifest Arts, this is a curated mixed media installation using traditional folk patterns and ornaments from across Europe. These patterns provide us with a map into the life and cycles of nature, mystical beings of fairy-tales, and deep beliefs of people that came before us. They are the secret codes, handed to us from our ancestors, and they often hold symbolic and mystical values of every different country’s traditions.

These gifts (in shapes of symbols, patterns, fractals and ornaments) have been passed on to us over generations through various treasured objects of pristine craftsmanship – embroidered clothes, ornamented crockery, and folk art.

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Ornamentika – Europia Art Collective

Assembling these patterns into a single public installation is an act of cultural collaboration in itself, as well as our note against cultural appropriation [definition: an act of adopting elements of an outside, often minority culture, including knowledge, practices, and symbols, without understanding or respecting the original culture and context.]

Europia Art Collective’s visual artists will gather together to explore the differences and similarities of how our people translated their life into various interwoven patterns; recognising that after all, the beauty these patterns reveal is only mimicking the world around us.


Rogue Open Studios – Gorton

Open 12 – 9pm Friday July 12th and Saturday July 13th
PV 6-9pm Friday July 12th

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Rogue Open Studios

This coming weekend Rogue Artists Studios will host their first full Open Studios. Rogue will also host the launch of this years Manifest Arts Festival 2019  As well as the chance to see over 85 artists’ studios, Rogue artists will be delivering a series of art workshops and performances over the weekend: full information below.

The open studios will also feature ‘Manifestation’ – an exhibition of new and recent work by Rogue Studios artists.

Link to full programme:


Matthew Bourne – Contemporary Six

Matthew Bourne – Contemporary Six

For ten days from Saturday 13th July, Matthew Bourne will be showcasing a brand new range of paintings for a solo exhibition at Contemporary Six. Over 20 abstract landscapes will be on display, each capturing the wild power of nature: with colour, texture, incident, and risk, residing on the boundary between observation and abstraction.

Contemporary Six owner Alex Rueben said: “Matthew has put together this superb collection over the past year-and-a-half, and we’d love for you to join us at the preview between 12–4pm on Saturday July 13th to meet the artist, and view his innovative paintings in the flesh”.


The Way of All Flesh Jamie Frost – Coach House Gallery, Astley Hall, Chorley:

13 July – 1 September 2019

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Unbrush my Hair 2017 18 Georgia Shaw Photography

British artist Jamie Frost brings wood to life in his first touring exhibition at Astley Hall, Chorley ‘The Way of All Flesh’ opens at the Coach House Gallery on 13th July. Frost will present his powerful figurative sculptures and drawing which bring the tradition of wood carving into a contemporary gallery setting. His expressive and captivating life-size sculptures, the smell, textures and colours of the sculptures all come together to make this exhibition a multi-sensory experience where bark, saw marks and energetic splinters contrast with fine craftsmanship.

Unbrush My Hair detail Georgia Shaw Photography

This is the first time that the artist’s sculptures of such large scale and complexity are being shown. The exhibition centres around three major works, shown alongside numerous smaller sculptures, and a selection of supporting drawings. The largest of the sculptures titled ‘Unbrush My Hair’ stands an impressive eight feet high and has been hand-carved from a single ash tree.

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Gaslighter Comuppance detail Georgia Shaw Photography

Frost is both a figurative sculptor and draughtsman and grew up close to The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle. Frost’s practice is strongly influenced by time spent working in Tuscany and BeesBlogs readers may have seen some of Frost’s work on the Saul Hay Fine Art stand Manchester Contemporary Art Fair last October

All images @georgiashaw_photography