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Open Artist Series: Community Building & DIY Networks


The next event in our Open Artist Series will take place at Manchester’s most exciting new music venue YES – with a focus on ‘community’.

Aimed at musicians in the early stages of their career, you’ll get the chance to hear from and chat to other emerging musicians, established artists and industry professionals including:

  • Adrian McNally (The Unthanks)
  • Steve Pycroft (Riot Jazz, Kaleidoscope Orchestra)
  • Girl Gang Manchester
  • Dan Valentine

In a relaxed and informal setting, together you’ll explore:

  • How to build a music scene, or join an existing one
  • How to exist as an artist, even when you’re in an isolated area
  • How to create your own space, and fill it


  • 9:30 – Registration
  • 10:00 – 14:30  – Event (full agenda tbc)
  • 14:30 onwards – Social in the YES bar

The Open Artist Series is part of a three-year programme supported by Help Musicians UK. Through a series of events, mentoring opportunities and showcases, it will support emerging musicians to make a career in music – encouraging and enabling them to become innovators in their own careers, and active contributors to a fairer and more sustainable music industry.

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Art at Christmas 2018


Gaynor Evelyn Sweeney

(Artist, Curator and Author)

Art at Christmas 2018


Extraordinary gifts for the festive season.

- Abstract canvas work.

- Abstract digital media prints.

- Landscape photographs.

- Live Art limited edition prints.

(Black / white and colour series available).

Contact to make an appointment to view the various collections.

Plus, private and public commissions.


Gaynor Evelyn Sweeney

(Artist, Curator and Author)



m: +44(0)7944141519

Call for Commissions: LightNight Liverpool 2017


LightNight, Liverpool's latenight arts festival, returns on Friday 19 May 2017.

The next instalment of one of Liverpool's biggest and best loved cultural events will be themed around the phenomenon of Time.

Don't miss the chance to be part of this special night and showcase your offer to thousands of visitors of all ages! Last year the festival received more than 72,000 visits in a single night, with more than 100 special events staged across 50 city centre venues.

Open Culture has secured Arts Council funding for a maximum of ten artistic commissions, of up to 1000, for the 2017 programme.

We are looking for emerging or established artists living or working in the UK. Proposals in any artform are welcome including visual arts, sculpture, technology, moving image, spoken word, performance, installation, light art or any combination of these.

We are looking for high-quality projects that are thought-provoking and engaging to the senses exploring the 2017 theme which isTime.

These commissions will present opportunities for artists to create work which is:

- presented as part of a major festival that reaches a large and varied audience
- made in collaboration with a new organisation or venue
- challenging but accessible for new audiences


The deadline for applications is Sunday 8 January 2017.Successful projects will receive up to 1000 for all artist fees and materials.

EXHIBITION + BOOK LAUNCH / Hondartza Fraga / Not for Navigation



HONDARTZA FRAGA / Not for Navigation

Preview and Book Launch - Friday 2nd December 6pm-8pm

Exhibition continues: Weds 7th December - 24th February 2017

Exhibition Open: Weds-Fri / 12pm - 5pm (other times by appointment). (Closed 17th December - 10th January inclusive)

Venue: The International 3, 142 Chapel Street, Salford, M3 6AF


The International 3 is pleased to announce the launch of Not for Navigation, a solo exhibition by Hondartza Fraga. Taking its title from inscriptions found on illustrative rather than functional maps, Not for Navigation brings together new and existing works that demonstrate the artists ongoing exploration of our individual and collective relationship to landscape and an examination of the spatial, temporal, emotional, cultural and imagined distance that exists between ourselves and everything / everyone else.

Alongside screen based works and two new large scale drawings, Mappa (Hemispheres) and Blank Orrery; both of which investigate the act of mapping,Not for Navigation will also include the inaugural presentation of Hondartzas major project 365 Globes. Produced by the artist from 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2015, this work comprises of 365 A5 pencil drawings of earth globes; one made on each day of the year. A new publication of the same name will also be launched to accompany the exhibition. Published by East Street Arts in a limited first edition of 366 copies; echoing 2016 as a leap year,365 Globes brings together images of all of the drawings alongside an essay commissioned by The International 3, written by Rebecca Morrill (Senior Editor at Phaidon). Books will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition.

Not for Navigationis supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and is supported by The International 3s Patrons. Thank you to University of Salford for equipment hire.

Modern Twist: Steam bent furniture by Joshua Till



Manchester Craft & Design Centres 2016MMU Graduate Awardwinner Joshua Till puts a contemporary twist on a traditional craft with his nature-inspired steam bent furniture.

Steam bending was once a vital practice, paramount to the production of weapons, tools and water vessels, but with the advance of technology it has become less common. Joshua is hoping to change all that by bringing this traditional process into the 21st Century.

As a low energy, environmentally responsible and economical method of manipulating wood, the technique has a lot of potential for experimentation and Joshua is taking full advantage of that fact to produce a new, exciting collection for his first ever solo exhibition.

OPEN CALL: Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2017


We are excited to announce that the third instalment of the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize is open for entries. The prize is open to artists working across all genres, styles and from any background. The overall deadline is 15 January, however all artists who enter before the 18 December will receive feedback on the application they submitted. We are a prize that focuses on supporting not just winners but all artists involved.


7,000prizes, for the Overall Winner, the Employee Choice Award, the Sculpture Award, Ashurst's Rich Mix Prize

Includes 1,000 of vouchersfrom Cass Art for the 3 Winners

Three monthsolo exhibitionsin London, England

Group Showfor 25 Shortlisted Artists in April - June 2017

Early entrieswill featurein our ongoing campaigns to clients,invitationsto ourinformative talks.

For further information and the application form see here or please email with questions.


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