New contemporary art exhibitions and a One Woman Show – Art in Manchester

New Contemporary Art Exhibitions and a One Woman Show – Art in Manchester


Sitting here on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday looking through some of the items for the blog I’m constantly amazed at how vibrant the new contemporary art scene is in Manchester. It’s impossible for BeesBlogs to cover everything that’s going on and I think it’s a great compliment to Manchester and the North West that a new magazine, Visceral, has chosen to launch across our region. In print and on line…..and free, I wish them well.

Don’t forget that this Friday see’s the GM Arts Prize Awards at Stockport War Memorial Arts Gallery with the winning and short-listed art being exhibited until 8th June. You can see all the shortlisted entries here

Speaking of arts prizes PS Mirabel are calling for submissions to its 2018 Open Exhibition. Scroll down for details!

So take a look below to see what new contemporary art exhibitions are launching in the next week or two. And don’t forget the One Woman Show!

Paradise works  ‘There’s No Such Thing As Boredom’


New Contemporary Art
There’s No Such Thing As Boredom – Paradise Works


Opening Night: Friday 11th May, 7-9pm Paradise Works, East Philip Street, Salford, Manchester, M3 7LE


Boredom is, despite the name, rather interesting. It’s a state of mind we generally seek to avoid. That feeling of listlessness, a lack of all stimulation. But within that empty brain space, mysterious intrigue festers, and things begin to gestate. Thinking about boredom is the perfect way to escape boredom, and being bored is an ideal way to escape thoughtlessness.


Scaffold presents, a group show featuring a selection of new works responding to the intentionally antagonistic and possibly ludicrous statement surrounding the existence of the minds most mysterious and ephemeral state.

Lucy Bird, Carrie Doughty, Jon Edgley, Matt Girling, Ant Hamlyn, Laura Hopkinson, Sarah Howe, Stefan Klein, Benjamin Lunt, Lilli Mathod, Sophia Moffa, Plumb, Danny Ryder, Lena Schwingshandl, Alexis Zelda Stevens, Topp & Dubio, WHATCHAMACALLIT collective, Laura Weaver, Alexandra Wilson


Castlefield Gallery – ‘Oh, it’s easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions’

EXHIBITION PREVIEW: 6pm-8pm, Thursday 17 May 2018  Continues -18 May – 1 July 2018

New Contemporary Art
Castlefield Gallery

With guest curators Pavel Büchler (Manchester, UK) and Mariana Serranová (Prague, CZ).

Büchler and Serranová are working with Castlefield Gallery and DOX Centre for Contemporary Art (Prague, CZ), to deliver an exhibition in two parallel parts, bringing together a number of early career artists from the two cities. The aim is to initiate a dialogue among practices that are developing within an emerging generation in two distinct cultural environments and artistic traditions.

Between May and September 2018 artists from both countries will host one another in their respective countries. During this time Nicola Ellis (Manchester, UK) will travel to Prague to develop a new large-scale sculptural installation for the exhibition space at DOX, and Pavel Příkaský with Miroslava Večeřová (Prague, CZ) will also develop new site-specific work for the exhibition at Castlefield Gallery.

Czech artists: David Fesl, Martin Kohout, Lucie Michnová, Vojtěch Novák / Andrew Jan Hauner, Pavel Příkaský / Miroslava Večeřová

UK artists: Nina Chua, Nicola Ellis, Maeve Rendle, Evangelia Spiliopoulou




Contemporary Six Gallery – Anne Aspinall – A Welsh Connection – PV 12th May

New Contgemporary Art
Anne Aspinall – Setting Up, Llanbedrog (oil on board) – Contemporary Six


When Manchester-born artist Anne Aspinall used to visit her aunt in Harlech as a child, she didn’t realise that one day she would become widely known for her oil paintings of the coastal North Wales landscape. After 50 years as an artist, working across different media and subject matters, Anne is continually drawn back to this beautiful part of the country to capture the majesty of the landscape and scenery.


A Welsh Connection, celebrates the strong affinity that people from the North West have with North Wales. The exhibition of 35 paintings, capturing coastlines and harbours, illustrates Anne’s skill in depicting reflections, light, and movement.

New Contemporary Art
Anne Aspinall – Porthdinllaen, High Tide (oil on board) Contemporary Six

Anne, 68, who now lives in Macclesfield, said: “I have always loved that North Wales hides its best places and keeps them a secret. If you are open to its charms, it’s a place that gradually seeps into your being. Whenever I go there, I have that feeling of going home.”


Anne explained that as she gradually preferred painting landscapes, the buildings came to represent people in the composition. “Very few people inhabit my paintings,” she said, “but the ghosts of the past are there in the old buildings and the still-visible scars on the landscape. I am drawn to places where people have lived and worked over centuries, the edge of land and sea, harbours, hill-farms, the remains of the early Industrial Revolution.”

New Contemporary Art
Anne Aspinall – Porthmadog After Rain (oil on board) Contemporary Six Gallery

“Chapels also fascinate me, their original role all but gone, but they survive as a link to the past and continue to have a place now as community centres, play groups, artists’ studios and family homes. Or they sit, gently decaying and waiting.”


Leila Herandi – P:One Woman Show


After Leila Herandi received an overwhelming reception at Plant NOMA as part of the ‘Free for Arts’ festival, Soup-stained will be presenting the full version of ‘P: a one woman show‘ at the King’s Arms.Salford

‘Finding a job is hard. Keeping one is harder… well, for her it is anyway. Our [protagonist/antagonist] (delete as appropriate) is an eternal optimist who can’t see the world crashing around her for the rose-tinted glasses she doesn’t realise she’s wearing, as she naively bumbles her way through life. P is a solo-performance of story-telling, presenting a week in the life of the lovable lunatic we walk past on the street; as we forever wonder what goes on underneath the surface of this familiar stranger.’

Performance dates:          9th, 10th, 11th May  Time: 7:30pm

Address:                            King’s Arms,

11, Bloom Street,


M3 6AN


PS Mirabel invites submissions for their 2018 Open Exhibition

PS Mirabel 2018 Arts Prize


This year we would like artists to submit two pieces of work, if selected both pieces will be exhibited in the show, Twice as Nice!
FIRST PRIZE of £200 plus a solo show in 2019. Maximum size for 2D work is 50cm (including frame) and maximum size for 3D work is 30cm.
Age requirement 18+

Send entries to include image and description, your entry must contain two works!
Entry fee will be £10 and is only payable if you are selected.