In Manchester Exhibition

‘In Manchester’ is our Open Call Exhibition where we showcase a selection of Manchester’s best artists.

We will be taking over the whole of Floor 6, 100 Barbirolli Square. The exhibition is open to all to come along and see a huge variety of Manchester artists. Launching with a private view, Wednesday 18th May, the exhibition runs to Sunday 5th June and is free to attend!

We first held this in April 2021 and it was a great success. We thoroughly enjoyed showcasing so many amazing Manchester based artists, and meeting them at the exhibition also, plus selling their work was an additional bonus, seeing their art go to new homes to continue to be enjoyed!

‘In Manchester’ exhibition is another way for us to really show off how varied and incredible Manchester’s art scene is. As last time, we held an open call for all you lovely people to submit your amazing art, but this time, it will be showcased in a whole new venue. We will be in the stunning (and very central) 100 Barbirolli Square, taking over the whole floor and filling it with incredible art.

We invited all Greater Manchester based artists to submit work. This was open to everyone; hobbyists, students, graduates, amateurs and professionals alike. We’re all about accessibility in the arts here at Cotton On MCR, and we want this exhibition to show that art can be for everyone and made by anyone!

We aim to create a level platform for all types of artists, to share the wall space and have your art reach a whole new audience.

The open call is now closed and we have shortlisted 73 artists and 88 pieces of work to show! We have a huge mix of paintings, sculptures, textiles and photography work for you to come and view for free!

At this exhibition we will be hosting a private view for press and artists on Wednesday 18th May, and the exhibition will launch to the public Thursday 19th May, running until Sunday 5th June (closed Monday’s).

We also hope to host some artist talks at the exhibition, so watch this space for more information on that!

What to Expect

Here is a video from our first open call exhibition held at Saul Hay Gallery in Castlefield.

In this exhibition we managed to show 71 artists and 98 pieces of work. We had a great mix of paintings, drawings, sculpture, textile pieces, prints and photography. We sold a number of pieces from the exhibition. We even sold a piece to New York!

We aim to do the same again but on a bigger scale! Now to be held at 100 Barbirolli Square, we have the whole of Floor 6, a massive 17.427 square feet to use (it’s going to be a tough call to fill it).

Come to ‘In Manchester’

 Private View:

Tickets to the Private View, Opening night are now available!

Join us for the private view on Wednesday 18th May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm to have a chance to meet the artists and be the first to see the work.

There will of course be wine and soft drinks on hand, and plenty of people there for you to meet and network with.

We can’t wait to see you there!

This is a ticketed event, so please reserve a ticket via the link below!

The exhibition is then open to the public (no ticket required) from Thursday 19th May to Sunday 5th June, 10am – 5pm, closed on Monday’s.

Cotton On MCR In Manchester

Art Talks:

As part of our ‘In Manchester’ exhibition, we will be hosting two evenings of artist talks!

On these evenings you can come along and hear directly from some of the artists featured in the exhibition. They will be talking about their work, how it was created and the inspiration behind it. We will have 4 artists each night, speaking for approximately 10 mins, with an introduction from myself, the Founder and Director of Cotton On MCR.

Afterwards they’ll be time to ask any questions and mingle with the artists too.


Find out more and book your ticket via the link here:

Sponsor Us

We are also looking for people to help us by sponsoring the event! If you fancy getting your brand out there, contributing to a local exhibition which will be viewed by hundreds of local artists and art fans alike, you can download our sponsor pack and get in touch!