Recent Exhibitions and News

AIR Open 2024

The AIR Open is back for 2024- this time at a new location; Rogue Artist Studios CIC. This means this years show is bigger than ever before with up to 60 works being chosen for the final selection and up to £2000 worth of prizes to be won!

This year’s judges:

  • Mike Chavez-Dawson (Visual Artist)
  • David Gledhill (Rogue Co-Director)
  • Alan Baker/Rebecca Wild (AIR Gallery)
  • Jude Wainwright (Visual Artist)

The show will open on 15th August from 6-9pm with the awards and closing party being held on 21st September from 2-5pm.

AWOL / Comme Ca Open 2024, Manchester

The Comme Ca / AWOL Art Exhibition (now in its third year) opens on Fri 17th May (with the winners being announced that evening) and runs until Sat 22nd June 2024. Opening times are Wed & Thurs 11-4pm & Sat 11-2pm).

Submissions were shortlisted and presented to a panel of external judges from which the winner and highly commended will be chosen. The judging panel includes:

  • Short Supply: Acclaimed artist-led organisation based in the North West of England that creates opportunities for emerging artists.
  • Sean Williams: Sheffield based Artist, Curator & member of the Contemporary British Painting group.
  • Ceri Morgan: Award winning interior & exterior designer based in the North West.


Manchester Open 2024 at HOME, Manchester 

Taking place every two years, the Open Exhibition is the biggest celebration of Greater Manchester’s creative talent. Between Saturday 3rd February and Sunday 28th April 2024, HOME’s Gallery walls will be filled with 480 artworks selected by a panel consisting of art experts and community representatives.

Now in its third iteration, the Open brings together artwork including paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital and mixed media, video, audio and more.


Open 2023 at Bury Art Museum 21st October – 3rd February 2024

Bury Art Museum’s first ever OPEN exhibition showing the best of the North West as selected by a panel of highly esteemed judges:

The OPEN 2023 Preview & Prize Giving is due to take place on Friday 20 October – 18:00-21:00. The show will run from 21st October 2023 – 3rd February 2024 with most works available to purchase.


Tees at Rogue Studios 30th September – 31st October 2023

TEES is an exhibition exploring the t-shirt as art form and takes ‘Article 19’ as its point of reference, posing the question: “Protest / Self-expression, what is the difference?”

Preview: 30th September 2023, 2-5pm (to coincide with their open studios)
Show runs until 31st October 2023
Opening Times: 12-4pm on Saturdays or by appointment.

Curated by Mike Chavez-Dawson & Co. Assisted by; Jamie Kirk, Grecia Balassone, Vincent Patterson, Maggie Stick and John Paul Brown.

Featuring Sir Peter Blake, Jeremy Deller, David Shrigley, Bob and Roberta Smith and artists from Rogue Artists’ Studios, Paradise Works, Suite (my studios), Bankley Studios, AWOL Studios, Islington Mill and beyond.


Live With It at Mura Ma, Marple 2nd September – 21st October 2023

“Somewhere between an expanded still life and a stage set – an invitation to participate in an imagined occupancy. Mise-en-scene.”

“A lived-in house is animated by assorted daylight practicalities: the tasks and furnishings associated with eating, cleaning, sleeping, revolving arrangements of domestic clutter; the comings and goings of friends, lovers, children, and relatives; or the intricate rituals of the solitary dweller.”

Co-curated by Jane Fairhurst and Nan Collantine, this exhibition will give way to an interior space furnished and inhabited with items made and found by thirty artists.


Out of the Box: A Celebration of Contemporary Box Art Launched 29th September 2022

“A fascinating journey into a labyrinthine world, this is an inclusive, in-depth compendium of artists’ imaginations from very different walks of life.” Gavin Turk

From Duchamp’s Kunstkammer to the avian works of Joseph Cornell, box art re-invents the ordinary and stimulates an endless journey of discovery, both of the self and of the world around us. Out of the Box celebrates objects, assemblage, and the lost art of collecting in an increasingly digital world.

This fascinating compendium features more than 100 creatives from 21 different countries—not only professional artists, but also those living and working outside the mainstream. Showcasing over 500 works, the book encapsulates diversity by way of a practice that refuses to be categorized: it is fine art and design, decorative and serious, artefact and artifice captured in miniature.


New Light Retrospective 26th March – 17th April 2022

In celebration of 10 years of New Light, a retrospective is being held in collaboration with the Saul Hay Gallery in Manchester from 26th March until mid April. The exhibition celebrates the artistic journey of New Light’s award winning artists over the years.


Turner Contemporary 23rd October 2021 – 25th February 2022

Opening on 23rd October 2021 and spanning Turner Contemporary’s first floor galleries, the exhibition includes approximately 450 works, selected from over 4,200 anonymised submissions received from nearly 1,400 artists.

Artworks span sculpture, painting, ceramics, film and photography, including work by internationally renowned artists such as Tracey Emin, Rose Wylie and Margo Selby, alongside up-and-coming artists such as Matilda Sutton, Joshua Atkins and Lisa Wright.

The works have been selected by four Thanet-based community groups and collectives: Age UK Thanet, Canvas 4 Equality, Margate Pride and the Turner Contemporary Access Group. These groups have volunteered their time as curators with the support of Turner Contemporary. Each group has taken over a gallery space, in which they have curated their selection of artworks.