Artist-Led Platform #1

19 May 2012 / 18:00 - 20:00

Manchester Salon Weekend 19-20th May

Part of the North West Visual Arts Open 2012


Two days of artist led discussion, curator insights, technology and popcorn


Unless otherwise stated all events are free and no booking is required.



Saturday 19th May


60 Minute Cinema, Chinese Arts Centre, 10am-5pm

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


Future Everybody, Museum of Science and Industry, 10am-5pm

Part of Future Everything 2012 this 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. Eighteen international artists from sculptural, video, sound and digital fields display their work. Exhibition continues until June 10th


Handmade, Victoria Baths, 10am-5pm

Manchester’s historic Victoria Baths is the venue for Handmade, 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.

Entry on the door £2


Artist-Led Platform #1, Castlefield Gallery, 6-8pm

(Join us at 5:30pm for refreshments)

For this special event Castlefield Gallery has brought together Rogue Project Space, Blank Media Collective, the Artist Bonfire and the Lionel Dobie Project amongst many others for a series of short presentations on current activity and future plans of these artist led projects.  The presentations will lead to an audience led Q&A and further discussion – most likely down the pub



Sunday 20th May


Curator Tour and Drop in Workshop, Manchester Art Gallery, 11am-3pm

Explore Haroon Mirza’s sculpture A Sleek Dry Yell featuring Richard ‘Kid’ Strange at Manchester Art Gallery 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.  

Curator Tour of Subversion, Cornerhouse, 2-3pm

Subversion is the major new socio-political group exhibition at Cornerhouse curated by Omar Kholeif who will host this public tour.


This event is free however booking is required


Art, Design, Activism and Occasional Property Development, Ultimate Holding Company (UHC), 3:30-4:30pm

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.


Open day: Put Your Money Where Your Eyes Are, Castlefield Gallery, 1-6pm

A special open day for the Manchester Salon Weekend, giving visitors an extra chance to see the work in their fundraising auction Put Your Money Where Your Eyes Are. Featuring 50+ donated artworks from artists and curators including: Pavel Büchler, Shezad Dawood (Abraaj Capital Art Prize and Tate Triennial), Leo Fitzmaurice (Northern Art Prize 2011 winner), Lubaina Himid MBE, Mark Leckey (Turner Prize 2008 winner), Haroon Mirza (Silver Lion, Venice Biennale 2011), Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Olivia Plender (British Art Show and Tate Triennial), Peter Saville, David Shrigley and Liam Spencer.


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