Archive for the ‘Community art’ Category

A new year at the Link Gallery
October 7, 2011

It’s been a long summer indeed, but now the Link Gallery is back for another year of exhibitions! The layout of the foyer space has changed now that the stairs have been removed, so we now have even more wall space to play with.

I (Elisa Artesero) will continue to be the curator of the gallery; however I am looking for a small team of volunteers from the Interactive Arts course (particularly our new first years) with an interest in curating who would like to help with the running of the gallery this year. I will post more information a little later, but if any students from the course would like to get in touch with an expression of interest please email

The gallery is also now open for submissions to artists from any degree. Along with the more traditional mediums of work, I am keen to open up the space for more unusual proposals; be it for film, events, theatre, fashion or music to ensure another eclectic year of exhibitions. Do not worry if this is your first exhibition, I will work with you, all I ask is for a certain level of ambition for the use of the space.

So, please email me at for a proposal form.


The Forum Showcase and Launch
May 17, 2011

As the Link takes a little breather before the Degree show, why not head down to the Holden Gallery Cafe this Thursday for the Manchester School of Art talent showcase and launch, 3-6pm. There will be poetry from Nikky Norton, live music from Clare Stokes and Emma Norman, a bilingual experimental performance from Amy Lawrence and Margaux Illescas and visual art on display from Bartosz Beda.

The Manchester School of Art Forum itself acts as a social resource within the University, allowing students to share and discover work and opportunities, it is also tool for students to highlight issues within the University in a community of peers. The Manchester School of Art Forum is maintained by students who communicate these issues, concerns and ideas between students and officials at the University, to really get the student voice heard.

Join the Forum now: (@mcrsaforum)

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Free For Arts Festival open submissions launch
March 1, 2011

The Free For Arts Festival are releasing their retrospective catalogues of the past couple of years’ events at their open submissions launch at the Kestrel Suite of Common in the Northern Quarter on Thursday (3rd March) 6pm – 8pm.

This not-for-profit festival (clue is in the name) runs from Friday 7th – Friday 14th October 2011 and intends to bring art for free to the people of Manchester. The launch event will give possible applicants a chance to meet the team and have an informal chat over a glass of wine, so I encourage anyone who is interested to attend!

The catalogues will be sold at cost price for a bargain at £3.50 and can give a flavour of work in past years.

For more information, check out the main website.

Re-create Environmental Exhibiton
February 28, 2011

This week The Link Gallery is delighted to be exhibiting work made by children at North Hulme Adventure Playground and Webster Primary School in Moss Side, with guidance from art students at MMU in the Re-create exhibition.

The work relates Manchester to the plight of climate change and the effects the city has on the wider world. This is being shown as an educational tool to visitors and as a way of raising environmental awareness with everyone involved.

These pieces of art range from pinhole photographs, paintings, drawings and backgrounds, to hangings and free standing sculptures, and consists of zones relating to different aspects of climate change.

The media used is mainly from unrecycable materials.

Here’s a look at this colourful exhibition:

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