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Bankley Open Call 2019

Started: 14th Jul 2019 | Ended: 2nd Nov 2019

Bankley Open Call 2019
The Bankley Open Call 2018 is once again inviting submissions from contemporary artists living within the UK, working in any 2D & 3D media, video, sound or performance.

The 1st prize winner will receive £500 and a solo show at Bankley whilst there will be a £100 prize for the runner-up and a visitor choice prize sponsored by Fred Aldous.


- Amanda Sutton: Director of Venture Arts
- Zoe Watson: Curator, Holden Gallery
- Marianna Tsionski: Senior Curator, CCFCA


Each artist can submit up to TWO artworks, with an accompanying brief description of each piece. Please also include information on the medium, year, size and price of each work.

There is a one off entry fee for all artists of £10 payable via Paypal, however if preferred a bank transfer can be arranged, please contact us for further details. Please pay via the Paypal link below (let us know if there is any discrepancy between your Artist and Paypal name).

Please pay per PayPal here:

=> 2D submissions

Please ensure that all wall-mounted artworks are already equipped with mirror plates, or alternative mounting requirements and install descriptions are provided.

=> 3D/ 4D submissions

Any sculpture/installation/video/projection requirements must be made by arrangement. We currently cannot provide any screens, laptops, tablets etc. but have a projector and a dvd player.

The Bankley Open Call Exhibition Private View and award ceremony will take place on Friday the 18th October 2019, 6-9pm, which will also coincide with our Annual Open Studios event. The exhibition will continue to run every Saturday from 12pm to 4pm until 2nd of November.

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- Submission deadline: 1st September 2019 (midnight)
- Notification of selection: by 22nd September 2019
- Delivery of exhibiting art works: 5th & 6th October 2019, 12 - 4pm (times tbc)
- Exhibition Private View and Awards Ceremony: 18th October 2018, 6-9pm
- Exhibition continues every Saturday until 2nd of November, 12-4pm

Terms and conditions, submission link and curator contact details on

Thank you for taking part!


Started: 14th Sep 2019 | Ended: 29th Sep 2019

presents nine artists whose practices engage with the characteristics and materialities that shape what we know as the photographic image. Their interests extend beyond assumed representational limits of photography, exploring expanding relationships with sculpture, printmaking and performance.

Anna Barriball
Becky Beasley
Paul Deslandes & Tine Bek
Bethan Hughes
Hannah Leighton-Boyce
Tom Lovelace
Sam Mattacott
Joshua Phillips

Bankley Gallery
14th - 29th September

Private View:
September 13th 6 - 9pm

Saturday and Sunday
12noon - 4pm and by appointment

Curated by
David Penny and Sylvia Waltering

The Attic

Started: 4th Jun 2019 | Ended: 22nd Jun 2019

The Attic
External Event

The Attic is a new site-specific sculpture installation by Manchester based artist Teresa Wilson.

It is showing at Nexus Art Cafe window from June 4 to June 22.

There will be a Meet the Artist event on Friday June 7 in Nexus Cafe from 4pm to 6pm. Everyone is welcome to come in for a chat and have some light refreshments.

Teresa Wilson will also be in the cafe during the afternoon on Saturday 15 June and Saturday 22 June, from 2pm to 5pm.

Facebook Page: Teresa Wilson Artist
Instagram: @tereywilson

Nexus Art Cafe
2 Dale Street,
M1 1JW


Started: 10th May 2019 | Ended: 19th May 2019

Bankley Gallery presents

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a solo exhibition by Naty Lopez-Holguin
(winner of the Bankley Open Call 2018)

< << Private View: Friday 10th May, 7-9pm >> >

Naty Lopez-Holguin is a Spanish-born artist based in Portsmouth, whose practice focuses on material transformation, using the everyday to convey points of human experience, creating sculptures as both singular objects and multiple elements in installations.

Naty says:
"My work explores issues of worth and value through labour-intensive processes and the use of everyday materials that are often dismissed. This comes from an interest in the notion of ‘belonging’ – the similarities and differences which contribute to our sense of social place."

"For the last three years, I have mainly been working with tumble-dryer fluff – a commonly discarded material full of associations."

"It once belonged to a garment which clothed us, gave us warmth and protection from exposure. Now, it is no more than a nuisance blocking the filter …."

Exhibition continues until 19th May, open Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm, and by appointment.

Lone Wolf presents... C'EST DE LA PEINTURE!

Started: 23rd Nov 2018 | Ended: 8th Dec 2018

Lone Wolf presents... C'EST  DE LA PEINTURE!
New work by 24 painters from the UK and USA.
24 artists have been invited to show new paintings made during 2018 and not exhibited before.

Featuring Karolina Albricht//Matthew Bourbon//Sara Dare//Tim Ellis//Nick Fox//Adam Fung//Philip Gurrey//Rebecca Harper//Josie Jenkins//Gareth Kemp//Jack Kettlewell//Brendan Lyons//Donal Moloney//Paula MacArthur//Scott McCracken//Joseph O’Rourke//Kevin Perkins//Arthur Roberts//Wendy Saunders//Brian Scott Campbell//Tony Smith//Nick Sykes//Jason Thompson//Tom Wilmott

Curated by Painters Gareth Kemp (Liverpool) and Nick Sykes (Manchester).

Private View: Friday 23rd November 2018, 7-9pm
Exhibition continues until 8 December 2018
Open Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment.

Bankley Open Call Exhibition & Open Studios 2018

Started: 12th Oct 2018 | Ended: 3rd Nov 2018

Bankley Open Call Exhibition & Open Studios 2018
Please join us for the opening of our annual Open Call Exhibition and Open Studios weekend!

Bankley Open Call 2018:
Private View and Prize Giving: Fri 12th October 2018, 6-9pm

Exhibition continues 13th October - 3rd November 2018
Open Sunday 14th & Saturdays 12-4pm

Shortlisted artists:

Jack Brown, Theo Ellison, Sarah Gilman, Jack Kemp, Kyle Kirkpatric, Karol Kochanowski, Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Naty Lopez-Holguin, Joe O'Rourke ,David Penny, Amelia Phythian
Kevin John Pocock, Willie Robb, Michele Selway, Jayne-Anita Smith Nicola Smith, Emily Stollery, Angela Tait, Anna Turner
Deiniol Williams

This year's shortlist was selected by:
Magnus Quaife: Artist & Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, MMU
James Moss: Exhibitions Curator, The Portico Library, Manchester
Leanne Green: Assistant Curator, Fine Art, The Whitworth, University of Manchester
Bankley Open Studios 2018:

Launch Evening: Friday 12th October 2017 6-9pm
Open Studios: 13th & 14th October 12-4pm

Bankley will open three floors of artist studios to the public showcasing the work of over 30 artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textile, installation and moving image, representing the diversity and quality of work by artists currently resident at this artist-led co-operative.

Strange Love

Started: 7th Sep 2018 | Ended: 16th Sep 2018

Strange Love
PV: Friday 7th September 2018 7-9pm
Exhibition continues until 16th September
Open Saturdays & Sundays 12-4pm

Tom Banks / John Brennan / Kirsty Harris
Curated by Dr. Daniel Barnes

Negotiating the lines between ambiguous narratives and the spectacle of the decisive moment, Strange Love explores the contemporary notion of fear as a site of inspiration. The exhibition draws together three artists who interrogate and re-examine beauty as a response to this fear. At the core of this project is the romantic notion that beauty, in and of itself, is a source of great consolation.

Empty Vessels

Started: 3rd Aug 2018 | Ended: 11th Aug 2018

Empty Vessels
Opening Night: Friday August 3rd, 7-9pm

Exhibition continues: 4th, 5th, 11th August 12.30-4pm
(also open by appointment during weekdays, message us to arrange a viewing)

Scaffold Gallery presents an exhibition of new works seeking to be void of any content, subject or meaning.

Scott Robertson

Pippa Eason

Edd Ravn

Martha Shaw

Tom Lambe

Thomas Tyler

Rachel Wooller

Alastair R. Noble

Louise Beer and John Hooper

Prop Me Up

Started: 13th Jul 2018 | Ended: 22nd Jul 2018

Prop Me Up
13-22 July 2018
Preview: 6-9pm, Friday 13th July 2018
Open Saturdays & Sundays 12-4pm

Artists: Nancy Allen, Katrina Cowling, Rose Nicholas, Genevieve Slater and Emily Woolley.

Prop me up is presented by Kieran Leach and Precious Innes under the moniker

The exhibition features five artists exploring the narrative and theatrics of making by using performative constructs within staged environments to create a flux between reality and illusion. Props highlight the absurdity of their own structure and commentary with work that physically holds itself up, mimicking and distorting its own sensibility. Within the works teeters fragility and a softness that balances on rigid edges. Throughout the show kinetic elements are echoed by graphic representations of cartoonised motion. There are hints of exaggerated functionality and furniture from the everyday, elevated to administer theatrics and action, evoking presence yet absent of the puppeteer.


Started: 15th Jun 2018 | Ended: 30th Jun 2018

Katrin Hanusch
Linda Hemmersbach
Jack Vickridge
Isobel Wohl

PV Friday 15th June 2018, 7-9pm (with a reading by Isobel Wohl)
Exhibition continues until 30th June 2018
Open Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment

BLANK LIONS brings together four UK-based artists working in sculpture, drawing and painting. Interested in the ‘Un’ within ‘Un-knowing’, the works play with a reversal of known processes and the un-doing of learned knowledge, questioning clarity and the pre-meditated within the making process.

Sharing a material-driven approach, particular attention is paid to touch, surface, colour and arrangement. Materials from the artists’ everyday surroundings are selected for their specific physical and pictorial qualities– concrete, mud, biodegradable plastic packaging or discarded laptop screens. The magnification of these qualities draws attention to the act of looking and questions the way we touch and experience the world. Muted tones reminiscent of the palette of Piero della Francesca hint at times of transition within the natural world, just as the works on display move from one visual language to another.

BLANK LIONS refers to the term HIC SVNT LEONES (Here are lions), which was used by Roman and Medieval cartographers when denoting unknown territories on maps. Rather than striving towards eventually discovering and naming unknown locations, the artists seem to be interested in moving towards a state of blankness; erasing that which is unnecessary and allowing space for the presence of something that cannot be named. Subtle stitching on transparent plastic, silent screens void of information, calligraphic marks reminiscent of landscapes and scattered fragments of dusty–coloured cement, suggest that blankness and muteness can be forms of understanding rather than things to be identified.

When we imagine the works as ‘texts from a language that has not been given to us to read’(Berger, J.), meaning is found within the gaps of information, where absence is filled with resonance and new possibilities arise within the loss of solidity.