One thing we notice here at Cotton On MCR is that textile art doesn’t seem to have much of a platform here in Manchester. One textile artist in particular has noticed this lack of celebration for textile art, and is doing something about it.
We are pleased to introduce you to our Manc of the Month for October, Olga Mun. Olga is a contemporary British painter whose body of works draws heavily upon abstraction and figuration to explore, give name and voice to the conflicted spaces we currently inhabit. Interestingly, her visual vocabulary does not necessarily come from watching art. Rather, it takes a lot from architecture, design, theatre and nature.
Although you might want to stay cosy this October, we have sourced some amazing exhibitions that launch this month to get you back out into the city and exploring what Manchester has to offer:
t’s always a pleasure to see Manchester artists strive, and to see them exhibiting their work in local galleries and venues, it makes me smile. So too will the new work at her first ever solo exhibition by Laura Pedley, hosted by Comme Ca Art at The Lowry Hotel.
The Art All Dayer is fast approaching and we have a whole bunch of new and exciting elements to add to the event! For the first time ever, see and collaborate with our live artist!
We are pleased to introduce you to our Manc of the Month for September, Alena Ruth Donely. Donely is a self-proclaimed vegan rug maker, a fibre artist specialising in using a pneumatic tufting gun and vegan materials, whose Instagram is a minefield of colour-popping rugs and patterns. Her studios Islington Mill describes Alena’s visual style as ‘unapologetically technicolour, playful and emotive’.
The Summer is drawing to an end, but fear not, there are still tons of new arty things to explore and engage with.. so let’s take a look:
We are pleased to introduce you to the winner of the people’s choice award as voted for by our In Manchester exhibition attendees, Hathaikan Kongaunruan! The prize of this vote is a solo exhibition at our upcoming Art All Dayer event happening this September.
KA: As I’ve not been painting for very long a variety of my work is on Instagram under kryshiacontemporaryart. I also have an e-mail address where you can contact me to either discuss or buy or just make arrangements to come over to the studio to look. It’s [email protected] Most of the work is better seen in real life and anyone is welcome as long as l know. There will never be any pressure, just a pleasure. I have also just applied and been accepted to show at a new Artisan market being set up in Marsden just outside Uppermill towards Huddersfield. As soon as dates are released l will put them up online. Obviously looking, as are lm sure are all makers, for any suitable venue willing to show my paintings.
There’s a lot happening over at Cross Street Arts, lots of exciting new changes and a brand new exhibition launching this August! ‘FARtHER’ is the first solo exhibition by Matylda Augustynek, and the first in Cross Street Arts new gallery located in The Standish Centre.
The Summer holidays are here! There's plenty of arty things to get you and the kids involved in so let's take a look: AIR Open 2022 - Air Gallery Bit of a sneaky entry as this launches in July, but it's an exhibition not to miss! The AIR Open is back for another...
Hosting our In Manchester exhibition in May-June of this year was amazing; a true celebration of the diversity, brilliance, and artistic talent that Manchester has to offer. We invited students, artists and professionals living across Greater Manchester to exhibit...