Events in the Gallery at Bankley Studios Manchester

Previous Events at Bankley Gallery

60 Drawings

Private view
Friday 1st June 6 - 9pm

Live Performance By
Kirsty Almeida
7.15 - 8.15 pm

Gallery open
2nd - 8th June
11am - 5pm

60 Artists have been asked to submit one drawing in an exhibition that lays bare the tradition of drawing in individual contemporary practices. With the democracy of open submission, '60 Drawings' is curated by Carolyn Curtis Magri and Gary James Williams and intends to explore, define and celebrate the locality and discipline of drawing in its diverse forms within the practices of participating artists.

The artists include Pavel Buchler, Sophia Crilly, Kevin Dalton-Johnson, David Hancock, Jenny Core, Daksha Patel, James Roper, Mit Senoj, Daniel Fogarty, Mary Griffiths and many other local and international artists.

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MMU 2nd Year Fine Art Exhibition

29th April - 4th May
10 am - 4pm
Private View 28th April 7-9pm

This exhibition showcases the work of 3 second year fine art students who specialise in painting. Emma Norman works with the idea of minimal and max use of colour. Jessica Shandley focuses on producing drawings of scenes from various thriller moves. Katie Sharratt is interested in the process behind which art is created.

Boobs, Leaves and Weaves

18-20th April
10am - 4pm
Closes Fri 20th 12pm
Private View 17th April 7-9pm

Sharon Shields explores the role of colour and gender. Lucy Gray uses glitter, embroidery, beads and natural resources to create imaginative worlds. Graham Rimmer draws on the realm of ancient civilisations to make sculpture. My Van Tran uses fairy tales as a resource for collage and painting.


30th March - 1st April 2012
Opening evening 30th March 6.00 - 9.00pm

Gallery Open 11.00 - 5.00pm

REVERB an exhibition event

Students from the MA Contemporary Fine Art course at Salford University invite you to join them in an interim exhibition at Bankley Gallery. Diverse in their approach these artists offer an insight into contemporary art coming out of Salford University, each using the space to explore their practice within the gallery context. Disciplines range from the traditional to the digital and includes performance art, with two live performances taking place on the opening night. This showcase will prove to be an exciting insight into emerging artists from the North West.

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Magical Gardens

13th March - 26th March 2012

Cedar Mount High School and Stanley Grove Primary School present an exhibition of pupils' artwork

By Appointment Only.
Please contact to arrange a visit:

Captured Images - The Photograph Comes to Prison - Michael Jacobson-Hardy

Gallery Opening Times: Saturday and Sunday 29th & 30th October and 5th & 6th November.

Other viewings by appointment only.

Bankley Gallery and The Windows Project are hosting an exhibition of photography by Michael Jacobson-Hardy from America.

The event celebrates the opening of The European Prison Education Conference taking place at The Midland Hotel in Manchester at the end of October. Delegates from many different countries will be visiting the gallery to see the photographs, which given an amazing insight into prison life.

Hung, Drawn and Quartered

17-18th, 24-25th September and 1-2nd October

Preview Friday 16th September 6-9

We are really pleased to be hosting an exhibition from Arena Studios and Gallery from Liverpool for our annual Open Weekend and beyond.

Artists will be drawing in the gallery during the preview and exhibiting a mixture of drawings and installation pieces which will be both innovative and challenging.

Valuing Women's Work - Valuing Herstory

Exhibition 30th July - 14th August 2011

Gallery Open Saturdays 30th July, 6th August, 13th August 1.00 - 6.00pm
Preview Friday 29th July 6-8pm

Creative hands foundation in partnership with Oxfam will be showing the work of two Sure Start women's groups in South Manchester who have been exploring the value and their personal experiences of unpaid work.

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Distorted Interior Barriers

2nd July - 16th July 2011
Opening evening 2nd July from 3pm onwards

Gallery open Sat & Sun 2 & 3, 9 & 10 and 16 & 17th July 2011 11.00 - 5.00pm

Workshop 9th July 1.00 - 3.00pm

Through wide expanses of texture, collage and colour stretched across the walls and floor, Garth Simmons creates an environment of dislocations and skewed perspectives. His juxtapositions of scale and finely interlaced pattern transform the gallery space into a fully immersive, cerebral landscape.

Pursuing the Narrative

Opening Friday 27th May 2011 6.30 - 9.00pm

Gallery open 28th & 29th May - 4th & 5th, 10th & 11th June 11-5pm

Pursuing the Narrative is a collaboration between two Manchester-based practitioners, writer and artist Jo Manby, and artist Gary James Williams. This exhibition explores the narrative of the written word, installation and the moving image, examining the blurred frontier between written and visual fictions.

Jo Manby is a freelance writer and artist who writes various types of fiction. She works in painting, sculpture and drawing and has extensive experience of gallery curating and project management.

Gary James Williams exhibits internationally, working in a broad interdisciplinary practice. Williamsí work enquires into the creative potentials of the narrative structure, the arena of storytelling and our relationship with the material and the ephemeral.

Photo credits

Pursuing the Narrative drawing © Jo Manby 2011

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