It’s that time again – Manchester Open is back at HOME for its 2024 edition, celebrating the enormous variety of talent and creative thought from Manchester-based artists.
The nine member judging panel had the unenviable job of reviewing and selecting submissions from 1,800 – the most ever received in the history of the exhibition. 480 works were chosen in total and the sheer amount is a testament to the creative spirit present in the city. Entrants range in age from five to 83 years old, while the works themselves include painting, print, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, video, audio and performance. Visitors can expect a truly eclectic exhibition – you’ll certainly find pieces you’ll love, ones that will surprise you and some that you won’t be able to stop thinking about.
Indeed, Greater Manchester’s largest open art exhibition has an added bonus too – many of the listed pieces are available for sale. Whether you’re a budding art collector or a seasoned connoisseur, Manchester Open 2024 is the place to buy original artworks, to start or add to your collection.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events, which include artist tours, quiet opening hours, Audio Described and BSL tours, and Family Friendly activities so check the website for more information.
A number of prizes will also be awarded by HOME in collaboration with Castlefield Gallery. There are three Professional Development Awards, a HOME award that leads to a solo exhibition in the Granada Foundation Galleries and, most excitingly for the audience, the Manchester Open People’s Choice Award, which is voted for by exhibition visitors. Each trophy has been created by local ceramicist and designer Joe Hartley especially for the exhibition, adding a very special hand-crafted touch to the competition.
Come along, celebrate the boundless talent and creativity of Manchester and pick your favourite too!