Rogue Artists’ Studios has become a byword for critically acclaimed art. Founded in 1995, the studios are the biggest outside of London with 90+ artists packed into a Victorian mill in the space behind Piccadilly station. However, October 2016’s Open Studios will be the last on this site as Crusader Mill has been sold to developers with work planned to start on the building in early 2017. Artists’ at Rogue work across the media spectrum. For example, Liz West works with light and currently has an installation at the Natural History Museum (London), and a solo exhibition the National Trust’s Little Moreton Hall. Another resident, Hilary Jack has just been announced as the winner of the 2016 Spinningfields Art Commission and has had a recent solo show at Bury Sculpture Centre. Other artists at Rogue include painter and Liverpool Biennial Associate Artist, Lindsey Bull and multi-media artists and performers, the Owl Project. The Open Studios offer an unrivalled chance to get to know Manchester’s art scene and maybe make a purchase. An exhibition, entitled Excuse Me While I Am Changing, is also taking place in the Project Space including new work by Matthew Bamber, Linda Hemmersbach, Hannah Leighton-Boyce, and Michelle Shields created in response to the shifting spaces which surround the studios. Finally, a programme of short artists films and moving image works is being presented in the Rogue Cinema. Drop in over the weekend and explore this famously labyrinthine space one last time.

Fri 14 – Sun 16 Oct, Rogue Artist Studios, 72 Chapeltown Street, Manchester, M1 2WH, Tel: 0161 273 7492, Fri (preview) 6-9pm, Sat & Sun 12pm – 5pm, FREE,

Image: Courtesy of Jan Chlebik

Fri 14 Oct - Sun 16 Oct
Joshua Gordon
Published on:
Tue 11 Oct 2016