Manifest Arts 2017 in Levenshulme – Charity Shop Window Exhibition, Echo Chamber Show and Bankley Open Studios

Everyone is going mad for a bit of Manchester International Festival lately which is understandable given the far reaching advertising banners, posters, TV news bits and copious Guardian articles, its culturally and artistically diverse programme and its existing international profile…
However, if you’re truly down with the kids in Manchester you may know that the launch of Manifest Arts Festival happened just last night (Wed 5th July) and that it is well worth making this weekend (6th to the 9th of July) as free as possible to venture into the world of this evolving contemporary visual arts festival. 
The festival has been set up by three wonderful local visual artists, Elisa Artesero, Roger Bygott and John Lynch and its aim is to showcase the talent of North West based artists.
The festival will feature over 30 events, exhibitions and workshops across venues in Manchester, Salford and Bolton.

With 15 premieres of new work and exhibitions, 10 open studios, 1 workshop, 3 artist/curator talks, 1 performance, 3 specially extended exhibitions, over 300 artists and even an official tea, this year is set to be even bigger and better than the festival’s pilot in 2015. All but one of the events are free to attend.

What’s happening in Levenshulme?

Levenshulme’s artists are of course involved in Manifest and Bankley locals are hosting a special set of events across Levenshulme as part of the larger programme.
Bankley Gallery our local art gallery and exhibition space based on Bankley Street behind Stockport Road, a hidden gem hosts Echo Chamber, an exhibition curated by the artists based there.
A previous exhibition at Bankley
Each studio holder has chosen an object from their studio that holds special significance for them…a personal token, side products of the studio practice that never get shown, objects of inspiration, a certain tool.
The exhibition offers a new insight and a different perspective into the studio practice of these artists, the exhibition also features new documentation and discourse from the artists examining the role of the studio and their practice. Sounds very interesting indeed!
Preview Thurs 6th July 7-9pm, open Saturday 8th 12-4pm
Bankley Open Studios: To coincide with the Echo Chamber exhibition, artists will be opening their studios to the public offering further insight into studio practice. Saturday 8th July 12-4pm In previous years it had been outstanding to see the level of work taking place on the three floors of the Bankley Studios space at their Open Studios, We really encourage you to visit the Levenshulme based artists on your doorstep!
Finally, taking art onto the high street, artist Axel Bottenberg has  installed his new work on Stockport Road’s Children’s Society Charity Shop window.
The piece entitled Back to the Charity Shop is inspired by pop art from the 60s onwards and embarks on a journey into hacked objects, toys and figurines sourced from local charity shops. Here, Alex re-presents the resulting artworks in the shops he first found them in.  Go and have a look  from Thursday 6th July 9am-8pm. Friday to Sunday 9am-5pm
Along with the local stuff, don’t forget to check out the full programme of events at this marvellous, homegrown contemporary visual arts festival. To Levenshulme and beyond in the quest for new art!
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