Great Northern Warehouse has teamed up with Art Battle Manchester to reveal a contemporary exhibition showcasing the work of eight unknown artists.
Out of the Shed, which aims to give creatives a platform to display their work while helping to build their reputation as an artist, was created to celebrate the regions’ wave of creativity born during lockdown.
With over 100 submissions, eight winners were selected by an experienced panel of artists including Illustrator – Stan Chow, Street Artist – Qubek (Russ Meehan), Mosaic Artist – Tracey Cartledge and Painter – Stefanie Trow.
Out of the Shed showcases a range of genres from illustration to digital art, photography, to mosaic and hand painting – with a personal, emotive story attached to every piece of art.
As part of the Out of the Shed exhibition, each of the eight winning artists have been allocated a 2-metre x 2-metre space within Great Northern Warehouse to showcase their work for 12 months, a cash prize, art materials from Cass Art, and support to help them propel their budding art careers.
Coping with the struggles of the passing of her father during COVID, one of the winners, Kate Max, submitted a painting titled ‘The Vulture Gaze’ – metaphorically, the painting signifies the difficulties hanging above those affected by illness during their final moments.
Max, a scientist working in regenerative medicine at the University of Manchester used lockdown to focus on her passion for art, as laboratory work paused throughout the pandemic.
Max continues to create art, and is currently working on an upcoming collection, focusing on critically endangered species through a series of limited-edition prints that will be available for purchase.
Similarly, Cristina Mallai’s photographic journey was influenced by a close family member, her daughter, Sophia, who was diagnosed with a life changing illness during the pandemic.
You can explore the full list of winner below.