Cotton On MCR: An Exhibition of Greater Manchester Artists

Cotton On MCR's first stand-alone art exhibition this April...

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 16 April 2021

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Andrew Hayhurst

Cotton On MCR are extremely excited to announce they will be hosting their first, stand-alone art exhibition following the launch of their Open Call! ‘In Manchester’ is taking place between the 22nd April – 4th May, the exhibition will also be Saul Hay Gallery’s re-launch exhibition following lockdown, so this is set to be a massive event.

The open call exhibition will feature an eclectic mix of artists including; hobbyists, students, graduates, amateurs, and professionals alike. Cotton On MCR aims to show that art can be for everyone and made by anyone, and hopes this exhibition embodies and promotes that message.

Cotton On MCR strive to not only promote the amazing work and events of local artists but also create amazing events that contribute to the art world too.

Jen Orpin

They have worked to create this open call exhibition after identifying a lack of exhibitions for emerging talent and lesser-known artists in gallery spaces within the city. They want to give the wide and amazing talent of the Greater Manchester art scene a chance to be celebrated no matter where they are in their artistic journey.

‘In Manchester’ exhibition will present some of the incredible talent from across Greater Manchester. With well over 30 different artists all showing a wide mix of paintings, prints, textiles and more there will be something there for everyone!

Pete Oakley

The exhibition provides an opportunity to bring the community together to really celebrate our local artists. There will be two days of private viewings (Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd April) before opening to the general public on Saturday 24th April.

There are some amazing opportunities available for all the artists involved, including a competition for the best piece on display.

Elaine Fox

The winning artist will have their own solo exhibition with Cotton On MCR, plus other incredible prizes. This will be judged by an established panel including; Ian Hay, Director and Curator at Saul Hay Gallery, Ian Rayer-Smith, Contemporary British Artist and Liam Hopkins aka Lazerian, Artist and Designer. Plus Domino Panton-Oakley, the Founder of Cotton On MCR.

All other unsuccessful artists that applied will have their work displayed in an online exhibition hosted by Cotton On MCR, so every single artist will be featured.

Matylda Augustynek

The exhibition of Greater Manchester artists will be the re-opening exhibition for Saul Hay Gallery following an extensive period of closure due to the continuing lockdown of Manchester.

While it has been a difficult year for all, it has been especially tough on those in the art industry. Now they have the go-ahead for ‘non-essential retail’ to open again, giving Cotton On MCR the green light to launch this exhibition.

With Saul Hay Gallery, they want to encourage everyone to get back out there and start exploring the city’s amazing art scene once again.

Rachael Addis

Director, Domino Panton-Oakley says: “I can not be more excited for this exhibition. We have some fabulous artists and work on show, and I’m just super excited to get back to work and hosting events again.

“We are honoured to be the launch exhibition of the re-opening of Saul Hay Gallery and feel like this is the perfect exhibition and perfect event to encourage people back into seeing and celebrating Manchester’s art scene again.”

Ian at Saul Hay: “Domino and all the team at Cotton On MCR are truly dedicated to the promotion of the visual arts in Manchester. That is why we are delighted and excited to be the partner venue for their first ever open call exhibition.”


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