There’s lots of talent, creativity and clever types within this week’s free events on offer, including a couple of exhibitions from both new and established faces of the art scene. Take it all in, before seeing the weekend out with some chilled, free, live music.

Future Makers and Tactile Illusions at MCDC
Manchester Craft and Design Centre has always been a beacon for bright new talent and diverse creativity, and this Saturday the centre launches new exhibition Tactile Illustions by Elizabeth Jane Winstanley (work pictured), the winner of their annual Spotted graduate award last year. The exhibition kicks off with a launch afternoon of drinks, activities and live music, but throughout its duration, the centre’s resident makers are also featuring new graduate artists in their studios, all hand-picked from a variety of disciplines as forerunners in emerging craft and design talent. Click here to see 2014’s future makers.
Tactile Illusions launches Sat 15 Mar, 2pm – 5pm, Manchester Craft and Design Centre, 17 Oak Street, M4 5JD, FREE,

We’ll Show You Ours… exhibition at Gallery Oldham
It’s always good to support the hot young things of the art industry, often showcasing their innovation in the makeshift galleries in bars and cafes. And yet as the new kids on the block push their way into the limelight, it’s easy to forget those behind the scenes who have just as much to shout about. Giving a platform to its talented community of staff-cum-artists, Gallery Oldham is launching a new exhibition of photography, drawing, textiles, prints, paintings and sculptures so that we can see what its workers get up to after clocking out.
Sat 15 Mar – Sat 10 May, Gallery Oldham, Greaves Steet, Oldham, OL1 1AL, Tel: 01457 877743, 10am – 5pm (Mon – Sat), FREE entry,

Band on the Wall’s Acoustic Bhuna
Another Sunday evening, and another Acoustic Bhuna, an event that sees us spoilt rather rotten with an evening of free acoustic music at Band on the Wall. This Sunday’s aural treats come from solo artist Robert John, whose voice is ‘one of the most powerful and distinctive’ on the Manchester music scene, as well as folky songwriter Ash Hunter and Manchester music students Troubadour’s Grave. And there’s no excuse of it clashing with Sunday tea, for Chef Giles is on hand with fresh, homemade curries to gorge upon throughout.
Sun 16 Mar, Band on the Wall, 25 Swan Street, M4 5JZ, 6pm – 10pm, FREE,

Sun 16 Mar
Jess Hardiman
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Sat 15 Mar 2014