Preview: Manchester Open Exhibition returns HOME this week

Can it be two years since the inaugural exhibition? And what a two years it’s been.

Well let’s not go into that, but the first Manchester Open Exhibition was so super, I even walked away with a purchased piece. A piece that soon began to take on layered and multiple meetings in the 12 months following…

So what are we talking about here?

From tomorrow, Monday 24 January, the exhibition will fill the gallery at HOME with contemporary artwork by over 400 Greater Manchester artists.

Selected by a curator panel made up of art experts and community representatives, this year’s exhibition saw 2271 entries from Manchester residents of all different backgrounds and experience.

2020’s exhibition saw over 33,000 visitors through the door and was a huge success.

So what can we expect from this year’s exhibition?

  • A multi-disciplinary range of paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, digital, mixed media, video, audio, spoken word, performance and much more
  • Kinetic sculpture, performance, pet photography, a mother-daughter collaboration dealing with grief and loss, contemporary dance and a variety of portrait art representing people’s views of being isolated during lockdown
  • Artists ranging from as young as 3 years old to artists in their 70s
  • Submissions from all over Greater Manchester including Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan.

There is also £10,000 worth of bespoke prizes will be awarded, with prize packages to be designed in partnership with each winner

The exhibition is free, and numbers will be managed in timed slots to ensure social distancing, therefore advance booking is advised.

Visitors can book their slot here: https://homemcr.org/exhibition/manchester-open-exhibition-2022/

The exhibition runs from Monday 24 January – Sunday 27 March 2022.

Slot booked for 1 February, I’ll see you there!

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