Deadline approaching for Free For Arts Festival submissions

Article published: Monday, June 25th 2012

Manchester’s Free For Arts Festival returns later this year for its fourth programme of events and already the deadline for submissions has almost arrived. Ian Pennington takes a quick peek at what to expect.

Interview: Chorlton Arts Festival 2012

Article published: Thursday, May 24th 2012

As Chorlton Arts Festival enters its second week there’s plenty to see, as the festival director Philip Hannaway tells Ian Pennington.

Arts preview: FutureEverything

Article published: Thursday, May 17th 2012

Forward thinking multi-arts festival FutureEverything launched this Wednesday and runs until Saturday 19 May. Last week we pinpointed some of the music highlights and this week Ian Pennington looks at a few of its standout events from elsewhere in the arts.

Close Knit: A celebration of knitting in Manchester

Article published: Friday, May 11th 2012

Manchester is putting on Close Knit, a year-long festival dedicated to the art of knitting. Sarah Adie attended the latest of their events to find out more about the ongoing theme inspired by the recent discovery of boxes full of knitting patterns in a cupboard at the Whitworth Art Gallery, some dating back at least 100 years.

The first ever Afflecks Fringe Festival

Article published: Thursday, April 5th 2012

This Sunday saw the launch of the very first Afflecks Fringe Festival. Hosted mainly by the purpose-built Three Minute Theatre, the extensive programme of events also covers Matt and Phreds, The Frog and Bucket and Nexus Art Café.

Blank Media launch night for new exhibition Inside

Article published: Thursday, March 29th 2012

Manchester based not-for-profit arts collective Blank Media launches its latest exhibition with a preview event on Thursday 29 March. Ian Pennington finds out more.

Art review: Chen Man

Article published: Sunday, February 26th 2012

Chinese artist Chen Man broke into the art world with her otherworldly photography for Vision, a Shanghai-based fashion and arts magazine, and has since continued to work with fashion giants such as Vogue. Now, a selection of her work is on display in the Chinese Arts Centre, tucked away in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.