Events in the Gallery at Bankley Studios Manchester

Previous Events at Bankley Gallery

The Great Unanswered


What is time? How did the universe begin? How did we end up here?

The Great Unanswered: Volume I sees eight intriguing emerging artists, hand-picked by Scaffold Gallery, responding to some of life’s most perplexing and impossible questions.

Bijan Amini-Alavijeh: Why Is There Something Instead Of Nothing?

Thomas Cole Tyler: What Is Time?

Gregory Hayman: What Is Dark Energy?

Adam Ralph: How Did We End Up Here?

Eden Mitsenmacher: What Is Consciousness?

Emily Simpson: Nature Or Nurture?

Laura Welsman: How Did The Universe Begin?

Jake Moore: What Is Everything In The Universe Made Of?

Exhibition Opening: Friday 17th June, 7-9pm

Open: 18th -19th June 11am-2pm
Open by appointment: 20-24th June

Volume II and III will follow, at two venues in Manchester with another 13 artists, taking place in July and August. Visit for more information on the other events.


‘Process’ is a group exhibition featuring the work of current members at Bankley Studios. The exhibition invites you to engage in a variety of making and thinking processes, exploring the different methodologies behind artistic decision-making.

The work questions notions of the ‘finished’ artwork, how artists engage with their chosen medium and materials, and how the process of making ultimately informs the outcome. Process may also relate to a chosen subject matter and the recording of changing states within a series of actions.

Featuring sculpture, video, painting, drawing, textiles and photography, ‘Process’ aims to highlight the diversity of art practices at Bankley Studios, bringing them together to celebrate our newly refurbished Gallery Space.

The exhibition ties in a with a programme of talks, residencies and open studio events throughout May and June around the idea of ‘Process’. For more information please visit:

27th May, 7-9pm

Opening hours:
Sat 28th May, Sat 4th June, Sat 11th June, 12-4pm
or by appointment

STUDIO 20: Mexican Muralism: Then & Now

Thursday 28th April 2016
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Bankley Studios & Gallery invites you to a talk with Mexican artist and Bankley Studios member Raul Gutierrez Loya on Mexican Muralism and its influence in New Muralism. The talk will be relaxed and is relevant to anyone interested in art, Mexican art, muralism, Latin America, public art and street art in general. The event is free to attend and will take place in the Project Space (Studio 20) on the 3rd floor.
The talk is part of a series of art events organised by Bankley Studios supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The space is limited and the entry is free, so please register as soon as possible to not miss this interesting talk.

Find out more and book your ticket:

Assembly: An installation by Holly Rowan Hesson

Preview Friday 18th March 6-8pm
Continues Sat 19th March, Sat 26th March and Sat 2nd April

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Artist's website and event details:

STUDIO 20: A Slow Joy

Studio 20
Third Floor
Bankley Studios & Gallery

Exhibition Dates: 12 – 18 March

An underground film event and mystical creative installation built, curated and realised by the band Groves and good friends presented at Studio20, Bankley Studios,

We invite you to watch a film called A Slow Joy…

The rough cut is the final cut, its slow and long, and we’re showing the film every night for a week within a fun, strange world that we have created within the gallery space.

Exhibition Dates: 12 – 18 March
Opening Event: 12 March, 6-11pm

Installation Opening Times
(By appointment, contact Luca: 07907780779)

12/03 – 6pm – 11pm
13/03 – 6pm – 9pm
14/03 – 6pm – 9pm
15/03 – 6pm – 9pm
16/03 – 6pm – 9pm
17/03 – 6pm – 9pm
18/03 – 10am -1:30pm

A Slow Joy – Film Screenings

13/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
14/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
15/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
16/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
17/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
18/03 – 1:30pm – 3pm

Open Call 2015

The Bankley Open Call 2015 returns for the third year. The annual open exhibition once again invites contemporary artists of any age or experience living within the UK, and working in any 2D media, video, or sculpture, to participate and be in with a chance of winning our first prize of £400 and a solo show at Bankley Gallery next year. We also have a second prize of £100 and a month long residency in our project space.

For more information on last year's Open Call winner Holly Rowan Hesson, runner-up Matt Davies and the other exhibitors visit

The selection of work and award of prizes will be made by an impressive panel:

Bryony Bond - Curator, The Whitworth
Matthew Pendergast - Programme Manager, Castlefield Gallery
Paul Stanley - Programme and Engagement Coordinator, CFCCA
Holly Rowan Hesson - Artist, winner of Bankley Open Call 2014

Valley of the Shadow - James Roper

OPENING NIGHT: July 31st, Friday, 6-9pm

Having previously pursued film-making as a side project, through script writing and the making of short films - including the Vimeo Awards shortlisted film 'Outside' - James Roper’s new body of work now uses one of his unfinished screenplays as a document from which to extract and explore themes and ideas, not in film, but within other disciplines, including drawing, video art, installation, music, graphic design and painting.

‘Valley of the Shadow’ will include new drawings and paintings from the series, as well as work that originally debuted in Roper‘s last solo show ‘The Inscending Spiral’ at Mirus Gallery in San Francisco.

View by appointment: August 1st-14th
+ a personal tour around the exhibition from the artist (optional)

**PRINT SALE up to 80% OFF**
Giclée and screen prints will be available to purchase at the opening at discounted prices


More work from James Roper:

A6 Dialogue 4

Preview: 10/07/15 7:00PM-9:00PM
Saturday and Sundays 11th - 25th July 2015
12.00 - 4.00pm

An exhibition of new work from contemporary artists in response to a 1966 Art examination paper. Participating artists from Bankley Studios, Cross Street Arts, Mirabel, Neo and Rogue Studios. The work has been produced within a 3 hour timescale.


6th June - 28th June 2015
Exhibition Open Sat & Sun 12.00 - 4.00pm

Stewart Kelly's forthcoming solo exhibition will take place at Bankley Studios & Gallery in Manchester during June. The exhibition is called Bodyworks and will feature a selection of works he has created over the last 5 years. The exhibition brings together the work from two previous solo exhibitions including Life Lines and Traces. A selection of drawings and a series of new textile/mixed media works will also feature in the exhibition. In addition, Stewart will be artist in residence working in the gallery space developing new works throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Open Weekdays by Appointment. Contact:

Thirty Paintings About Nothing : Martin Olsson & Gary Andrew Clarke

Preview Evening: Friday 13th March, 6-8pm
Open: 14th-31st March

Thirty Paintings About Nothing is a two person exhibition featuring Bankley AIR 2015 Martin Olsson and Bankley studio member Gary Andrew Clarke. The two artists have developed the exhibition following Olsson's artist residency at Bankley Gallery between December 2014 - March 2015.

"Without narrative beyond the paint itself, the works in this show take related yet opposing stances on colour, shape and progression. Movement versus stillness, multitude versus repetition within a reductive field are central aspects in this collection. Hard edges, flatness and adherence to fundamentals also unite these works." Martin Olsson, 2015