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Manifest Arts


Manifest Arts Festival is an artist-curated biennial festival giving visitors an insight into the wide-ranging contemporary art being produced in the North West region.

 In its second year, Manifest Arts Festival has increased in size and scope: 5 full days to explore the 33* events across some of the most unusual and exciting spaces of arts production and exhibition in Manchester, Salford, and this year, Bolton. All but one of our events is free to attend.

 We have separated the events into the days they begin, with some continuing for the duration of the festival, and others one-day only specials (such as Open Studios). We hope this will make the programme easier to navigate when you plan your visit.

 Manifest Arts Festival is a celebration of the arts community we’re proud to be a part of, and we’re excited to share this with visitors wanting to get an insight into the contemporary arts scene of the region.

 We hope you enjoy it!

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Open Studio

Saturday 20th May
(lift access 12noon-2pm)
Sunday 21st May
(lift access 12noon-2pm)
Artists from Falcon Mill Artists Studios along with guest artist, printmaker Jamie Barnes will be
exhibiting their work at:
Falcon Mill,
Handel Street,
(Just off Halliwell Road, behind Whiteside’s chippy),

Vacancies & Opportunities

ART PARK – Artist Call for Site Specific Public Artwork, Deco Publique (deadline: 10 Mar 2017)


Open Call for Artists and Collectives to design and complete art works at public realm locations at the site of former art deco lido and Dome Arena on Morecambe’s seafront.


Deco Publique are leading the art-led development of the former Dome site with a proposal for ‘Art Park’. The 4,000 sq m space on Morecambe’s Promenade has a long history of architectural and spatial change. At present the site is vastly underutilised and provides little functional value for the community. Through a range of creative interventions, the aim is to transform an underutilised arena into a community space at the heart of the seafront.

“Art Park will be a vibrant, multi functional public space where visitors and residents can experience cultural programming, play, relax and enjoy the beautiful, safe surroundings in an enviable environment.”

The Art Park concept will be developed using an incremental approach – this Open Call is the first creative work within Phase 1. Heritage themes are appropriate in this context where the presentation of imagery must resonate with users of the space. Artworks should enhance the seafront profile and designs must work with surrounding landscape of beach and sea. Whilst heritage may occur as themes, visually contemporary proposals are welcome, in line with the aspiration to create a vibrant public space.


Note that applications are welcome for one site, or a combination of sites

Site 1: £6000

Public art applied to two art deco style arched walls that follow the curve of the seawall, featuring adjoining cylindrical planters.

Site 2: £2950

Public art applied to one cylindrical pump house structure, situated next to the arched walls.

Site 3: £2000

Floor Treatments across an allocated space within the expanse of flooring, used to define zones, provide playful activities through track systems, trails, playful routes, interactive shapes, games and patterns that animate the environment.

Commission total’s are inclusive of VAT, materials and installation costs, travel and accommodation expenses.


Contact Elena Gifford for the Artist Brief:

Deadline – 6.00pm, Friday 10th March 2017



Vacancies & Opportunities

Artist for Crewe Town Centre, Cheshire East Council (deadline: 26 Feb 2017)

Crewe Town Council and Cheshire East Council invite proposals for public art in Crewe town centre. We are seeking artists to provide creative solutions to cover the windows in some empty shop units.

The art should involve the local community during the design or making process, and be inspired by Crewe’s heritage and future. We particularly welcome ideas marking the 180th anniversary of the first train coming to Crewe. The public engagement element might be targeted at schools, community organisations or the general public.

The art must be easily removable in case the unit is commercially let. The media might include vinyls, chalk paint, posca pens or another creative solution which will brighten the town centre. The overall project comprises 2 empty shop units and a large banner. Artists can send proposals for all or any individual element.

We are interested in hearing from artists who have:

– Experience of producing public art

– Knowledge of the Crewe’s heritage

– Experience of using public engagement / participation to produce art

Budget for the commission is a maximum of £4,500 to include all fees, design, production, public engagement and installation. The selected artist(s) will need to commence work swiftly, with the project completed before Easter. The selected artist(s) should have their own public liability insurance and provide evidence of a DBS check.

Please send a short summary of your proposed artwork identifying how you will meet the objectives, including an outline of how you will involve the public, no more than 4 drawings or images to support your proposal, a CV and short biography, and a detailed budget breakdown. Deadline for proposals is Sunday 26thFebruary. Artists are invited to discuss their proposal with the selection panel w/c 6thMarch. Please send submissions to both Amy Lewis and Hannah Marr, details below.

For more information please contact:

Amy Lewis, Cultural Economy Development Manager, Cheshire East Council

on 01270 686090 or email

Hannah Marr, Community Engagement Officer, Crewe Town Council

on 01270 75697or email




Cooperative Bank Donation Fund opens for applications

Organisations that have a Community Directplus account with the Co-operative Bank have until 31st March 2017 to apply for funding from the Customer Donation Fund. Since 2003 the Co-operative Bank Donation Fund has donated over £701,000 to 815 organisations. The money can be used to support special projects and fundraising activities; and all Community Directplus account holders are eligible to apply.

Examples of previous projects supported include:

  • Theatre Company 20 Stories High which received funding towards three dictaphones, 12 MP3 players and the work of an experienced Technical Manager in order to help develop and stage a new production.
  • Wiltshire Wood Recycling, a not for profit organisations, which received funding towards new tools, boots, hard hats and high-viz jackets for the workers.


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Source: ADUK