Manchester salon weekend showcases city’s visual arts

Manchester, Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 May 2012

A weekend of artist-led discussion, curator insights, technology and popcorn takes place in Manchester from 19 to 20 May as part of the final North West Visual Arts Open of 2012.

An exciting programme of free public events has been organised by galleries and venues across the city to showcase and promote access to local and international artists and their work.

The North West Visual Arts Open weekends have been organised to encourage artists and people interested in the arts from other towns and cities across the North West to visit new galleries, or places they haven’t been for a while, to experience what the visual arts has to offer and current developments in artist’s practice. Successful weekends have already taken place in Liverpool and Preston in 2012.

Key highlights of the Manchester weekend include:

Saturday 19 May

Chinese Arts Centre

Exhibition: 60 Minute Cinema

10am to 5pm, FREE

Enjoy the latest video art from Mainland China in the second instalment of 60 Minute Cinema at Chinese Arts Centre with free popcorn and Chinese tea; including work by Zhao Liang, Cao Fei, Yang Fudong and Jun Yang. Exhibition continues until 9 June 2012.

1830 Warehouse

Exhibition: Future Everybody

10am to 5pm, FREE

Eighteen international artists from sculptural, video, sound and digital fields display their work in this exhibition, which is part of Future Everything 2012. The exhibition is hosted in the 1830 Warehouse, a Grade 1 listed building which forms part of the Museum of Science and Industry’s site in Castlefield. Exhibition continues until 10 June 2012.

Victoria Baths

Craft fair: Handmade

10am to 5pm, Entry on the door £2

Handmade is an interactive craft fair for artists combining craft and digital technology. Visitors will have the opportunity to create their own DIY artworks. Alongside Handmade there will be a Zine Symposium displaying Manchester ‘zines’  with workshops for visitors to contribute to a Victoria Baths Fanzine. Part of Future Everything 2012.

Castlefield Gallery

Artist talk: Artist-Led Platform #1

6 to 8pm, refreshments from 5.30pm. FREE

For this special event Castlefield Gallery has brought together artist-led projects Rogue Project Space, Blank Media Collective, the Artist Bonfire and the Lionel Dobie Project amongst many others. A series of short presentations on their current activity and future plans will lead to an audience led Q&A. Further discussion may continue until 9pm and then most likely the pub.

Sunday 20 May 

Manchester Art Gallery

Curator Tour and drop-in workshop 

11am to 3pm, FREE

Explore Haroon Mirza’s sculpture A Sleek Dry Yell featuring Richard ‘Kid’ Strange with curator Kate Jesson. Discuss the use of sound in contemporary art and then enjoy a hands-on drop-in workshop, recording your own found sounds to make a musical composition. Suitable for all ages.

Castlefield Gallery

Exhibition: Put Your Money Where Your Eyes Are

1 to 6pm

Castlefield Gallery are having a special open day for this Manchester Salon Weekend, giving visitors an extra chance to see the work in their fundraising auction Put Your Money Where Your Eyes Are. More than 50 donated artworks will be on show from artists and curators including: Pavel Büchler, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gordon Cheung, Shezad Dawood, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Leo Fitzmaurice, Rachel Goodyear, Naomi Kashiwagi, Mark Leckey, David Mackintosh, Haroon Mirza, Peter Saville, Mit Senoj, David Shrigley and Liam Spencer. Online bidding starts 4 May and works are viewable in the gallery from 11 May by special appointment only. All bids close with the auction at the gallery on 30 May 2012.

Cornerhouse

Curator Tour:  Subversion

2 to 3pm, FREE

Subversion is a major new socio-political group exhibition curated by Omar Kholeif, who will host this public tour. This event is free however booking is essential via http://www.cornerhouse.org. Following the tour meet us in the ground floor foyer to walk round to UHC and the next event.

Ultimate Holding Company

UHC roundtable discussion: Art, Design, Activism and Occasional Property Development

3:30 to 4:30pm, FREE

Ultimate Holding Company (UHC) is a group of creative pioneers and provocateurs operating at the junction of contemporary visual art, engaged design practice and social activism. Recently UHC began working in partnership with property developers ASK on a series of conversations on the areas surrounding Manchester City Council’s new cultural development at First St. This round table will bring together members of UHC with invited guests to interrogate how artists and activists can build effective and ethical relationships with the private sector, and utilise the constraints of the economic downturn to create the space for risk and adventure. Following the discussion, join us for a brief walk to Castlefield Gallery, to view their fundraising auction exhibition Put Your Money Where Your Eyes Are.

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