Cotton On MCR: Open Call Exhibition.


Exhibition Coming Soon!

Cotton On MCR is now offering all Greater Manchester based artists the chance to submit work to an exciting, new, Open Call, for an exhibition set to open in April in the heart of Manchester city centre at Saul Hay Gallery. This is open to all, hobbyists, students, graduates, amateurs and professionals alike. Anyone that works, lives or studies in Greater Manchester can apply! Cotton On MCR aim to show that art can be for everyone, and want this exhibition to help promote that message.

This is our first, stand-alone art exhibition! This exhibition will feature a great mix of Manchester talent, with over 30 different artists all showing a mix of 2D and 3D work, so there will be something for everyone!

Together with Saul Hay Gallery, we want to show that art can be for everyone, and that galleries are open to all. We understand that some galleries and exhibitions can come across as elitist, well we want to show that this isn’t the case, and by displaying work of local and mixed media artists, we know that this exhibition will be a huge success.

We are also looking for people to help out at and sponsor 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!

We have some amazing opportunities available for ALL the artists involved, including a competition for the best piece on display. The winning artist will have their own solo exhibition with us here at Cotton On MCR, plus other amazing prizes. This will be judged by an amazing panel (if I do say so myself) including:

Ian Hay – Director and Curator at Saul Hay Gallery.

Ian Hay is a Director of Saul Hay Gallery in Castlefield, Manchester. He is a judge and sponsor of the Saul Hay Emerging Artist Prize for The New Light Art Exhibition and was a judge for the Greater Manchester Arts Prize 2019. Ian is a Trustee of the Friends of the Whitworth. Ian says; ‘Domino and all the team at Cotton On MCR are truly dedicated to the promotion of the visual arts in Manchester. That is why we are delighted and excited to be the partner venue for their first ever open call exhibition.’

Ian Rayer-Smith – Contemporary British Artist.

Ian Rayer-Smith is an international artist who is based here in Manchester. His fan base is huge with over 28k followers on Instagram. Ian says, ‘I think of my paintings as posing a series of questions rather than providing overt statements or narrative pointers towards any clear kind of answer. There would be no joy or satisfaction in doing that. Instead, the process is more about showing my search for something which, maybe, I hope I’ll never find.’

Liam Hopkins aka Lazerian.

Liam Hopkins is a British artist and designer. He founded Manchester based contemporary creative studio Lazerian in 2006. Lazerian is a multidisciplinary studio who create large scale artworks, public art installations, bespoke sculptural commissions as well as furniture, interiors and brand promotional objects. Known for merging traditional hand craft techniques combined with modern cutting edge technologies, Lazerian’s work varies in materials and processes with pieces created using everything from paper to metals. 

And me, Domino Panton-Oakley, Founder of Cotton On MCR.

I launched Cotton On MCR in 2017 as a way for me to get back into the art scene after graduating Uni. Now three years in, Cotton On MCR has become a great base for artists and art fans alike to see what’s going on in our amazing city. We host multiple events and share those of others too. As well as a Fine Art degree, I have curated my own exhibition in the past, organised art fairs and workshops and review exhibitions which I write about on the blog.

We will be seeing you in April for the launch of the exhibition!