Next week is an exciting time for the Manchester art scene. On Thursday 26th MMU’s MA show opens at the historic yet contemporary Holden Gallery and this year it is an exchange show with HFBK Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. With the Art History team working in the same building (on Grosvenor Street) I’ve sneak peaked the show and it’s looking awesome – particularly the wood based sculptures which, perhaps, echo Arte Povera. The preview is open to the public and the show runs until 15th October.
On the same night opens The Manchester Contemporary art fair – one of the biggest fairs outside of London. A number of independent galleries from Manchester and elsewhere will be at Spinningfields representing some great artists, including our very own Rick Copsey! Local galleries include Untitled, the International 3 – who also curate the event – and Castlefield Gallery. The preview night is invitation only but you can register for tickets and go on Friday and over the weekend (27th -29th), here: http://www.themanchestercontemporary.com/page.cfm/Action=Form/FormID=34/t=m/goSection=10
If you can’t afford to get to Frieze this year, you can experience the buzz of seeing new art pieces, networking with artists, curators and press, drinking (free) wine and – if you have some disposable income – buying some art (the ‘affordable’ Buy Art Fair is also happening in Spinningfields next door to the Manchester Contemporary this weekend) all in Manchester city. I think these events are the perfect way for Art History students to launch their next academic year!