Your guide to art in Manchester
Artists on Show in Manchester
Galleries / Art Spaces / Organisations
"ARTFILMBOOKSFOODDRINK" says leading Manchester contemporary arts venue Cornerhouse's logo, with admirable brevity. There you have it: three floors of exhibition space, three film screens and a publishing wing, plus a huge variety of events and education activities. And a nice caffe.
Manchester Art Gallery
Home to the city's world class collection of historic art and design, operating in four venues around the city; exhibitions range from contemporary through historic art to design and craft, with a complementary programme of events and education activities.
Whitworth Art Gallery
Showcasing an equally important collection of historic works of art and design, the Whitworth also periodically exhibits the work of modern and contemporary artists.
International 3, Castlefield Gallery, Bureau Gallery
Manchester's independent and artist-led gallery sector is now well established. So well in fact that since 2001 the 'people's democratic republic of Manchester' has boasted its own "national pavilion" at that mother of all biennial shows, the Venice Biennale. The brainchild of International 3 (see below) and Manchester Metropolitan University professor, artist Pavel Buchler this is actually a bar in Venice with a neon sign saying 'Manchester' (what more could one want?).
Founded in 1984 by the Manchester Artists Studio Association, Castlefield helps maintain a professional support network for Manchester artists as well as curating a changing programme of shows, events and publications.
A marriage of pre-existing indy groups The Annual Programme and Work and Leisure International, International 3 has been representing rising artists, coordinating exhibitions, events and publications and advocating for the Manchester art scene (see Venice) since 2000.
Opened March 2006, Salford independents Bureau offer a purpose-built space, exhibitions, events and support for artists - also an archive of artists' film and video.