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First Floor

Ian Massey
Sarah Connell
Andy Broadey
James Roper

Second Floor
Beth Rowland
Stewart Kelly
Amy Clarkson
Elzbieta Tezycka
Abdul Hye
Claire Tindale
Stacey Coughlin
Lucy Harvey
Lisa Peasey
Mike Slater
Jane Dzisiewski

Third Floor
Phil Kennedy

Martha Jean Lineham

Val Clarke

Rachel Houghton

Judith Hetherington
Jane Harper
David Jarrett

Linda Spiteri

Jessica Browning
Caroline Baldry/Munkispanner
Paul Reid
Hannah Brown
Jak Kenton-Spraggan
Eric Morris
Raul Gutierrez Loya
Vanessa Denvir
Paul Dodgson
Marnie Matthews
Kelly Parish
Clair Graubner

Bankley Open Studios 2014
Launch Evening: Friday 10th October 6-9pm
Open Studios: 11th & 12th October 12-4pm

Bankley will open to the public three floors of artist’s studios and the work of over 30 artists, covering all artistic disciplines. Painting and drawing, sculpture and ceramics, photography and video art-forms are represented, show-casing the diversity and quality of work by artists currently resident at this renowned artist co-operative.

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Bankley Open Call 2014

Launch event : Friday 10th October, 6-9pm
Open: Saturdays 11, 18, & 25 October, 12-4pm

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Shortlisted Artists:

Iain Andrews
Holly Rowan Hesson
Lisa Denyer
Claire Tindale
Jessica Edge
Irene Pérez Hernández
Sandra Bouguerch
Corinna Spencer
Stewart Geddes
Jane Fairhurst
Pat Flynn
Aaron Pearce
Matt Davies
Katrin Mäurich
Martin Olsson
Maggie Hargreaves
Gary Andrew Clarke
Cameron Scott
Axel Bottenberg
Jane Lawson

Selected by:

Chris Bloor, Co-Director of & Model Gallery, Leeds; Kate Jesson, Curator at Manchester City Art Gallery; Kwong Lee, Director of Castlefield Gallery, Manchester and Peter Seal, artist and overall winner of Bankley Open Call 2013.


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Following on from our immensely successful inaugural Open Call in 2013, which saw over seventy artists submit work from across the UK, this year sees the second Open Call exhibition at Bankley Gallery in Manchester. Submissions are invited from practicing artists working in any 2D or 3D medium, in film and in video.

We again have an impressive panel of art world professionals who have agreed to select the work for the exhibition and who will also decide upon the prizewinners. This year’s panel is comprised of:

Chris Bloor, Co-Director of &Model Gallery, Leeds

Kate Jesson, Curator at Manchester City Art Gallery

Kwong Lee, artist and Director of Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Peter Seal, artist and first prizewinner of Open Call 2013

Work by the selected artists will be exhibited at Bankley Gallery in October, with a private view on the evening of the 10th. Our first prize winner will be awarded  £500 cash and the opportunity to hold a one-person show at Bankley Gallery in 2015, and second prize of £150 art materials voucher to be spent at Fred Aldous, Manchester, will be announced at the opening ceremony. The show will continue until Sunday 26th October.


Peter Seal

Awarded first prize at the Bankley Open Call in 2013, abstract painter Peter Seal showed his paintings and collages at Bankley Gallery in July 2014. Ian Massey, who also wrote an accompanying text on Seal’s work, curated the show. Critical reaction to the work was overwhelmingly positive, and the artist made substantial sales. Read the exhibition text here.


Robin Meganity

Following on from his award of second prize at the Bankley Open Call show in 2013, Robin Megannity was approached by Bureau, Manchester, who offered him a show of his highly accomplished figurative oil paintings. Entitled Compression, Robin’s show was held at Bureau, Manchester (March-May 2014) before then touring to The Studios, New Mills, Derbyshire in July. Read more here.

Read more about last year’s Open Call here: https://bankley.wordpress.com/tag/bankley-open-call-2013/

The deadline for this year’s Bankley Open Call is 5th September, find out about how to enter here: http://www.bankley.org.uk/open-call

a6 dialogue two wrap party

The Wrap Party draws to a close the second A6 exhibition with a final chance to view the work and discuss where A6 Dialogue will go next alongside a new performance by artist Mike Chavez-Dawson.

Part social, part debrief: the wrap party invites our exhibiting artists to talk about the work on show and identify common ground for the next exhibition in the A6 Dialogue series. As part of this informal evaluation process Mike Chavez-Dawson will be performing a unique triptych ‘concrete poem’ in response to Lucy Harvey’s previous A6 work ‘Fears of the Slow Revolution’.

Everyone is welcome and we are particularly keen to invite studio groups and artists who are interested to join A6 Dialogue in the future and take the project forward.




Thanks to everyone who made our preview evening for A6 Dialogue Two last Friday and to Andy Broadey & Simon Blackmore from Kitchen Table Theory who broke contemporary art out of the gallery space and onto the streets of Levenshulme to launch the Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre. Read more about Kitchen Table Theory on Twitter & on their blog.

Photos courtesy of Clair Graubner & Kitchen Table Theory


Rachel Wrigley & Clair Graubner with their collaborative installation



The Levenshulme Contemporary Arts Centre on the move


Andy Broadey & Simon Blackmore/Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre 

Work No. 1

Wooden Box with LED lights

We are interested in deploying conventions of gallery design within abandoned sites because:

1) Art that is made according to convention is affirmative, whereas art that questions convention is critical;

2) Gallery conventions guide us to ask ‘What is it?’, whilst commercial sites lead us to ask, ‘What is it for, and what can I get for it?’

3) The highest degrees of abstraction and the most pressing political issues already exist in car parks and patches of weeds.

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We’re receiving work this week for the second installment of the A6 Dialogue, a program of exhibitions and discursive events we’ve devised with our friends at PS Mirabel and Third Floor Studios. Our ulterior motive is to create better networks between the studios and artists working in the North West through creative discussions and shared events, and we hope to pick up new studio groups and artists along the way.

We’re the second host of A6 Dialogue, and the project is operating locally at the moment but we hope that next year it can grow and we can pass the baton on to other artist led groups up and down the UK. Let us know if you would like to get involved at: bankleygallery [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Read more about it here: http://www.a6dialogue.wordpress.com and RSVP to our Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/479408565494927