The Manchester Contemporary 2017


Venture Arts Presents…

We are very excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at The Manchester Contemporary art fair again this year on the 27th- 29th of October with our partners Castlefield Gallery.

The Manchester Contemporary is an unrivalled incubator of artistic talent. Using bold curatorial judgement, it offers works for sale from the most exciting, critically engaged, contemporary artists and galleries, many of whom then embark on the international art fair network.


A showcase of new art work from artists working at supported studios across the UK


Following on from a successful exhibition last year, Venture Arts returns to The Manchester Contemporary from Friday 27 October until Sunday 28 October at the Manchester Convention Centre.


This year the space – run in partnership with Castlefield Gallery – has been curated collaboratively between two young and emerging curators, James Desser (Venture Arts) and Tom Emery (Castlefield Gallery Associate) and features significant new art work from digital photography and illustration to ceramics and sculpture from found objects.


Submissions came from a wealth of artists working at studios run by ActionSpace in London and Project Ability in Glasgow, as well as artists working from the Venture Arts studios in Manchester.


The exhibit includes Man Climbing Ladder; a large scale sculptural piece built with ‘buried treasure’ salvaged from ordinary places by artist Andrew Omoding. It will also be the first showing of DEARR CHHRRISSTINNE by Barry Anthony Finan (a returning artist from last years’ show) which is a series of porcelain prints taking Finan’s passion for writing to explore writing as a way of mark making. Prolific artist and RSA fellow Cameron Morgan has several art works in the show, including screenprint The Three Stooges and iconic ceramic pieces Mobile and Ring Tone.


The UK’s learning disability art scene will be represented by Venture Arts. The Hulme studio brings with it numerous playful artworks from across the UK such as clay fruit pies and mobile phones, and a lobster sunbathing on a pine cone. Look out for Jennie Franklin’s ‘Collection of Straws’. – Manchester Wire


Artists exhibited are: Cameron Morgan; Barry Anthony Finan; Luca Agathogli; Jennie Franklin; Ahmed Mohammed; David James; Andrew Omoding and Robert Dixon.


Read our full Manchester Contemporary Press Release 2017


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