Manchester Central Library reopens after £50 million revamp

Manchester Central Library reopened on 22 March after a three and a half year transformation which sees  the Grade II*-listed building’s many heritage features, such as the famous Reading Room, lovingly restored alongside new digital features. The library, the second largest public library in the UK, now has much more of the building open to the public than previously including a new lending library providing an extra 2,000 square metres of library space. Continue reading

Manchester-based stage company meets Prince Charles after Redhouse Arts Centre restoration

On Friday 28th February, HRH Prince Charles attended the newly restored Town Hall in the Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil. In anticipation of the grand St David’s Day opening, Prince Charles toured the restored Town Hall and met with the architects, project managers and community members involved in the extensive restoration.

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Call For MAKERS

I am looking for professional British craftspeople who produce unique, contemporary products for interiors and would like to showcase them in Manchester Art Gallery Shop. Manchester Art Gallery is the vibrant art gallery at the heart of this culturally rich city. The shop is near the entrance and difficult to avoid and is attractive and busy (the gallery gets over 400,000 visitors a year). The Gallery have asked me to utilise approximately 20 square m floorspace in order to showcase MAKERS work.

Exhibition & mentoring opportunity: Beyond merely assembling

Submissions are invited from visual artists working across all mediums for Beyond merely assembling, a group exhibition to take place at Projects: Manchester, a new pop-up gallery space in central Manchester in November 2013. Works that involve an innovative and engaging approach to notions of space, form and function are encouraged. Work must have been made within the last 18 months. Continue reading

Football officially recognised central to English culture & society

Manchester’s National Football Museum has been awarded official Designation by the Arts Council – the first time a sporting collection has been granted this status. The unparalleled collection of football history at the museum has been officially recognised for its significant collection of football history by the Designation scheme. Continue reading

Bankley Open Call – Manchester

The Bankley Open Call 2013 is our first annual open exhibition inviting contemporary artists of any age or experience living within the UK, and working in any 2D media, video, or sculpture, to participate and be in with a chance of winning our first prize of £500 and a solo show at Bankley Gallery next year. Continue reading

Book now for the free Digital R and D in the Arts Forum

Book now for the free Digital R&D in the Arts Forum at Manchester Town Hall on Wednesday 6 February.

This free event will explore the nature of collaborative technology relationships, risk taking and knowledge sharing in the arts informed by the experience of various initiatives including, but not restricted to, the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. Continue reading

Exhibition tells story about life on the streets of Manchester

The warm and the cold is a project run by arts organisation  arthur+martha, led by poet Phil Davenport and artist Lois Blackburn, with support from  National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme. For the project, homeless people in Manchester have been telling their stories with needle and thread and embroidering the words onto a patchwork quilt which will be exhibited at Manchester’s Holden Gallery until 18 December.

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