Three Chord Zen

An exhibition of large scale abstracts by member Lee Hadfield will be showing at Cass Art Gallery from 12th – 26th February.

Abstract painting with block of text underneath on pale green background. Text says "Three Chord Zen, an exhibition of paintings by Lee Hadfield, 12th - 28th February open daily 9-6pm, Cass Art Gallery"

Initially inspired by Japanese Zen gardens, Hadfield creates impasto surfaces using a palette knife and washing technique developed over the past 15 years. The images contrast movement and texture reminiscent of natural forms – waves, fingerprints and even invisible but imagined radio waves – with sharp machined lines and shapes that dissect and contain the field of vision. These two contrasting elements create harmony and disharmony simultaneously.

We’d love you to join us at the preview;

5-7pm Thursday 15th February in the basement gallery of the Cass Art shop (opposite Night and Day cafe in the Northern Quarter)

Studio Space Available Now

Are You Looking For A Studio Space in a friendly studio?

Great Studio Space is now available in Ardwick, – just south of city Manchester – 5 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station, 5 minutes walk to MMU and the University

Ground Floor of a mill with Pool Arts – space is 2.7 x 5m and has natural light, wifi and great collages around to bounce ideas about

Plus Opportunities to get involved in Pool Arts – contact us for more info

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At the SHED gallery this weekend: Morgan Wyman

Don’t miss our SHED gallery hosting new Pool Artist, Morgan Wyman who will be showing new stunning mixed media paintings. The exhibition is part of the Tonbridge Road Allotment Society annual show on the Community Allotment where SHED is based – with an outdoor pizza oven, Pimms, teas and coffees and a produce auction sale – always a highlight!

Studio Space Available

We have a studio for a new Associate artist coming available in September.

Please let us know if you would be interested. download further Details here Pool Arts studioA


Ardwick Built for #ManifestArts17

The Ardwick Built exhibition saw Pool Arts and our Associates creating an open studio show that explored the local area around our new studio. Work looked at aspects of the social history, architectural and historical context. We visited the Ardwick Archive at GMCVO, based at Ardwick Green and this gave us lots of additional information. Visitors from as far afield as Korea saw the show which coincided with Manchester International Festival #MIF17 and was part of #ManifestArts17, which is an artist led initiative to showcase contemporary arts spaces and studios in the city every two years. One of the highlights of the weekend was a table top interactive model of the area, where visitors could take part in creating buildings made of scrap materials. Some of the iconic buildings that they crafted were 1930s modernist The Apollo and the castle-like Ardwick Barracks. On the Sunday, urban geographer Morag Rose led an alternative tour of Ardwick Green , one of the first suburbs of the city.


Ardwick Built

Our next event! Join us in a celebration of all things Ardwick as part of Manifest 2017

exhibition opens on Thurs 6th July and continues on the 8th and 9th only. See poster for details

On Sunday 9th July at 2pm come on a guided walk of Ardwock Green

with Morag Rose of the Loiterers Resistance Movement!

Nathan Aiyna Sassen exhibition

Join us this Saturday at The SHED for a retrospective of the work of

poster for exhibitions

Nathan Aiyna Sassen

Manchester, Artists and mental health: survey

We are looking for your help to find out what artists who experience mental health problems need to help support their artistic development. Can you spare a few moments to complete this form for us? Your input is appreciated

follow the link to the survey

event at studio

event at Pool Arts studio

Dropping Anchor studio launch

The studio launch was a great success. £200 funds were raised, art works exhibited, and visitors came to meet Pool Arts and take part in the event celebrating the new studio! Thanks to everyone who helped to run the evening and set up. More photos coming soon


Dropping Anchor: Pool Arts new studio launch event

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding a launch event for our new studio in Ardwick. This new sustainable studio model means that we are now hosting Associate Members, professional artists who will work alongside our members’ shared studio space. At the launch we will be showcasing our self contained Associate spaces, showing work by members and generally celebrating the voyage of discovery that Pool Arts has been on