Away Day: Manchester

Application deadline: 11 February 2020, 6pm
Trip date: 19 March 2020, 9.30am - 9pm

In Spring EOP will visit Manchester. Join for a day packed with visiting galleries, meeting artists, curators and organisers based in the city. Manchester based artist Anna Horton Cremin will be our guide for the day!

We will visit:

Paradise Works, an independent, artist-led initiative providing studio and project space to a proactive community of 36 contemporary artists. Their gallery space hosts a critically engaged programme of exhibitions and film screenings, showcasing works from new and established artists working nationally & internationally.

Islington Mill that remains a work in progress; an ever-evolving creative space, arts hub and community. Scratch the surface and you’ll find a vibrant and resourceful cross disciplinary creative network; a space where conversations leads to connections, collaboration and co-creation.

The Whitworth Art Gallery, home to an eclectic and extensive collection of historical and contemporary fine art, textiles and wallpapers. An ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions showcases work by the likes of Cornelia Parker and Sarah Lucas. Part of the gallery’s outdoor display of sculptures by Christine Borland, Nate Lowman, Simon Periton, Nico Vascellari and Nathan Coley spill from the gallery’s garden and terrace out into the park beyond.

At the Whitworth will meet people running a number of organisations:

Future Everything, who have been kickstarting conversation and co-designing the future of digital culture with communities around the world. Together with an international community of artists, technologists and industry collaborators, they explore the intersection of art, technology and society through bold new art commissions, living labs, participatory design and public events.

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a nomadic commissioner and born-digital producer unafraid to enter new territories and broker new partnerships.

Manchester International Festival commissions, produces and presents dynamic new work by leading artists from different art forms and backgrounds. We will hear from their talent development programme team.

We will finish the day with a private view at Castlefield Gallery. They deliver a programme of exhibitions, projects and events from their main gallery in central Manchester, whilst also commissioning, curating and producing off-site and public art, national and international artist residencies, and exchange programmes. They export art and culture developed and produced in the region through exchange so as to enable meaningful relationships between artists both nationally and internationally to flourish over extended periods of time.


This day trip will be as always a great way to meet, and get to know, other EOP members.

EOP members will have to cover their travel and lunch costs. If you are planning of going by car we can put you in touch with other interested members to share travel costs.

To sign up email ania@eastsideprojects.org with a short text (up to 150 words) explaining why you want to come to Manchester, and what you hope to get out of the trip. Please also let us know of any access and health requirements, and dietary needs.