Manifest Arts Festival returns to Manchester for its third year showcasing the best talent among local artists across Manchester, Salford, Bolton and Wigan.
The contemporary visual arts festival will return to the North West on 12 July until 21 July. Since its last event, the biennial Manifest Arts Festival has doubled in size and will feature over 50 exhibitions, workshops and talks all over the city.
With 25 premieres of new work and exhibitions, along with an extensive programme of 15 open studios, 3 workshops, 4 artist/curator talks, 4 performances, several specially extended exhibitions, and over 350 artists, this year is set to be even bigger and better than the previous two. What’s more, everything remains free to attend.
Manifest Arts Festival was set up in 2014 by local visual artists Elisa Artesero, Roger Bygott and John Lynch, and they’re still running the show now.
John said: “The vibrant culture of different artistic practices in the North West region contains spaces that most people don’t get to see ordinarily, and some don’t know exist at all. It’s a melting pot of different types of people with a whole range of interests and approaches to their artwork. This is our third festival and we just keep growing with more artists wanting to be involved and show their work to the public, and more visitors wanting to come and experience the festival.”
“Whether you’re a seasoned arts professional, or you’ve never been to something like this before and are curious to know what lives are being lived in big and small artist studios across the region – everyone is invited to attend. Grassroots art is going on right under your nose, and Manifest Arts Festival is an opportunity that opens the doors to this culture. The best part is that it’s free to go and see. We hope you’ll like it – maybe you’ll even want to join it!” Elisa explained.
Roger added: “For me, the inspiration and spirit of Manifest is about community association, trusting grassroot links and mutual encouragement. As artists, practicing within this broad vibrant community, we aim to help strengthen those connections and to share more widely and publicly the artistic fruits emerging from it.”
Festival-goers will be treated to an exciting programme of events at unique and unusual artist spaces including Rogue Artists’ Studios in Manchester, which is housed in an old primary school, and AWOL Studios, which is based in a former Mancunian mill. Events are also taking place at some of the most prestigious institutions in the region, including the iconic Manchester Art Gallery, to host the return of popular quick-fire artist talks ‘Manifest Calling’, and Manchester Craft and Design Centre, where Redeye’s professional speed networking for photographers will be held.
Other highlights include Richard Shields’ tragicomic Opera and exhibition at Chetham’s Library, and Rowland Hill’s premiere live performance, incorporating British Sign Language and spoken word, at The Portico Library – both of which are Manifest Arts Granada Foundation Micro Commissions and are brand new to this year’s programme.
Manifest Arts Festival also coincides with the Manchester International Festival, with events taking place all over the city. At the minute, Manchester is a unique hub of contemporary arts, welcoming the diverse range of artists and events until 21 July, and it’s all totally free.