Rogue Artists’ Studios

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor
Rogue Artists' Studios. Photo courtesy David Gledhill.

Rogue Artists’ Studios, Former Varna Street Primary School, Openshaw, Manchester, M11 1WP – Visit Now

A hunger to learn, discover, question and experiment – surely these are among the most important values for any artist? Well Rogue Artists’ Studios’ new headquarters certainly reflect this.

Rogue moved to the former Varna Street Primary School in Openshaw from its previous home of 17 years (the former cotton factory, Crusader Mill, just behind Piccadilly Station), in August 2017. The grade II listed Victorian building, with its high ceilings and lingering school room features, features 57,000 square feet of space.

Rogue Artists’ Studios is the largest independent studio group in the North West with more than 70 artist members, ranging from recent graduates to established practitioners working in a wide range of disciplines and media. It was founded 22 years ago in 1995 by Colin Sinclair, a graduate of Manchester Art School, and is currently run by artists David Gledhill and Martin Nash.

Once a year, Rogue opens its doors to the public for its Open Studios event, inviting fellow artists, curators and the general public to access all areas of the studios while affording members an opportunity to exhibit and offer work for sale. The next Rogue Open Studios will take place in Spring 2018.

Rogue also runs a programme of temporary exhibitions, residency and exchange projects and one-off events in its Project Space.

Open by appointment, or during advertised times for the Project Space.

  • Former Varna Street Primary School, Openshaw
  • Manchester
  • M11 1WP
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