Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt Street, Manchester, M15 4GB – Visit Now
After a tough year for all, Castlefield Gallery is back with a forward-thinking schedule of exhibitions that perfectly achieve the goals of this small but influential gallery. Established by artists in 1984, this vital arts space is the first public contemporary visual art gallery to have opened in Manchester and has gone on to become a key part of the North of England’s cultural fabric. For example, over the past three decades, Castlefield Gallery alumni have included several Turner Prize-winning artists and nominees.
The gallery itself offers a public programme of exhibitions, projects and events at its main space on the edge of Manchester’s exhilarating Castlefield district. And during pre-Covid times, ran various successful New Art Spaces – pop-up art and production spaces located across Greater Manchester – alongside commissioning, curating and producing a wealth of off-site public art.
One of Manchester’s most vibrant and cutting-edge arts spaces
Of course, the national and global situation means things will be slightly different for a time. You can expect a reassuring amount of safety measures to protect the vulnerable and unvaccinated, such as hand sanitiser available at regular locations through the venue, clear signage to aid people on their visit and greatly enhanced cleaning measures to ensure risks are kept to an absolute minimum. This also means groups won’t be encouraged, with only a maximum of ten people allowed at a time.
Similarly, booking in advance won’t be an option but due to the size of the venue numbers can be managed easily. These measures will be in place until the national situation changes enough so both visitors and staff can feel safe.
Regular opening hours will be resumed in September, in conjunction with the launch of the Soft Bodies exhibition, featuring the work of artists Emma Cousin, Stine Deja, George Gibson, Aliyah Hussain and Anna Bunting-Branch (Potential Wor(l)ds), Robin Megannity, Sadé Mica, Jake Moore and Semi Precious, Sam Rushton, Megan Snowe and Xiuching Tsay.
Then from the 22nd November, the new exhibition Obstructions opens, riffing off the restrictions and disruptions caused by COVID-19. This will run until 17th January 2022. For more information about these exhibitions and other details about one of Manchester’s most vibrant and cutting-edge arts spaces, visit the Castlefield Gallery website at the link below.
Services and FacilitiesExhibitions, events, consultancy, associate members scheme, limited edition prints, publications,
AccessibilityWheelchair access to all public areas
Commercial and hire servicesGallery space and meeting room available for hire