Review: Free for Arts Festival in Salford and Manchester

Article published: Sunday, November 2nd 2014

Now in its fifth year, the Free for Arts Festival was organised by four graduates from the Visual Arts programme at The University of Salford. It included work from over 100 artists, spanning 19 venues across Salford and Manchester.

Snail Porridge exhibition shows rarely seen art by prisoners

Article published: Thursday, July 24th 2014

A snail with blue and white striped shell makes its way towards distant gates on the horizon, under a cloud of psychedelic colours. Sean, an inmate of HM Prison Garth, has painted the standout piece Snail Porridge, of the recent eponymous exhibition at Castlefield Gallery.

DIY culture celebrated with a Fanzine Fair at Victoria Baths

Article published: Friday, May 3rd 2013

Enjoy the bank holiday in do-it-yourself style with this year’s Fanzine Fair at Victoria Baths.

World first: Manchester’s LomoWall

Article published: Tuesday, July 31st 2012

Manchester is now the proud owner of the first permanent outdoor LomoWall in the world, a structure made up of 14,000 photographs of the city.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre celebrates 30 year anniversary

Article published: Thursday, July 12th 2012

Manchester Craft & Design Centre is to host a special event this Saturday to mark its 30 year anniversary, as Elbow frontman Guy Garvey is unveiled as its new patron.

Preview: Antwerp Mansion Festival (13 – 15 July)

Article published: Thursday, July 12th 2012

The Rusholme based independent arts hub Antwerp Mansion begins a three-day festival event this weekend, showcasing music and art from Manchester and beyond. Ian Pennington looks at the programme of events.

Preview: Rarekind Manchester Launch Exhibition

Article published: Wednesday, July 11th 2012

Rarekind launches its first Manchester exhibition on Friday at 2022NQ, bringing together artists just as accustomed to street art as the smaller canvas. It will include work by Faunagraphic whose mural painting in the Northern Quarter is the largest wall ever to be painted in Manchester city centre. Ian Pennington looks forward to the event.