Cotton On MCR has a goal to bring the most amazing and inclusive art events to Manchester. Art can sometimes be seen as an elitist thing, with many people in the city never stepping foot in a gallery or any type of art space.
But they’re committed to being open and welcoming to all, to embrace diversity, offering a wide range of different art events to get as many people involved as possible. They have a real passion and positivity about the work they do in celebrating and supporting Manchester’s art scene.
The next big event in the Cotton On MCR calendar is the ‘ART ALL-DAYER’, set to be the only art fair solely for and by Manchester creatives dubbed ‘Manchester’s biggest art event from Manchester’s best creatives’.
On Saturday 14th August you will find them in Halle St Peters in Ancoats for their Art All Dayer event, this combines an art fair, workshops and an exhibition featuring the winner of the ‘Best Piece’ competition from their recent Open Call Exhibition named ‘In Manchester’ – Carlos Ferg.
The huge art fair will consist of 60 stalls of amazing, affordable art, from paintings to prints and pottery to photography! Featuring the work of creatives living and/or working in the Greater Manchester region, making sure to promote the best, local talent this incredible city has to offer.
Throughout the day Chelsea School of Art Fine Art graduate, Louise Garmen will also be running 45 minute classes – Introduction to Acrylics and Marbling.
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn a new skill and stretch your artistic wings! Entry to the fair and exhibition is just £1 or free for anyone who’s purchased a ticket to one of the workshops.
Applications are NOW OPEN for artists and makers to apply for tables at the Art All Dayer – it’s free to apply and the deadline is this Friday 18th June. Head on over to the Cotton On MCR site to apply…
As well as that, Cotton On MCR also has a huge list of amazing Arts & Craft Workshops for you to take part in, from painting to printing, sewing to sculpture and much more.
The diverse range of classes are held in different Greater Manchester locations including Stretford and Stockport, with new locations being added every week.
They offer a great opportunity for beginners to try something new and advanced artists to expand their skills, allowing everyone to get back out there and get creative again! They’ve been a huge success with some great feedback from the attendees already.
Coming up soon is their 6 week Drawing course where you’ll get a crash course in drawing techniques as well as 4 weeks of life drawing with both male and female models.
Recently launching their first exhibition, Cotton On MCR saw incredible success with over 451 artworks submitted to the open call, resulting in a wide range of Manchester talent featured at Saul Hay Gallery.
Not only did they manage to put together the exhibition in real life but also featured all the applicants in an online exhibition too. With more to come in the future, the focus of these exhibitions is to showcase the talented and diverse artists we have here in Greater Manchester.