Training/Reading Groups



Manchester: A city for artists?

Manchester’s largest and longest surviving studio groups, Rogue Artists’ Studios and MASA are facing closure. In an expanded version of his contribution to the book Higher Education and the Creative Economy  (Routledge 2016), MIRIAD PhD candidate and co-director of Rogue, David Gledhill, looks back on the history of studio groups in Manchester, and forward to an uncertain future. Visual arts production in Manchester is facing a crisis of unprecedented proportions.  The rapid expansion of the studio network during the 1980s and 90s has been thrown into reverse, with many studios facing closure or uncertain prospects as a result of a ...

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Payment in a Diverse Landscape: Beyond the Gallery

Amanda Ravetz, Jack Roberts, Lucy Wright Complex questions surround artists’ engagement and relationship with galleries. What does gallery representation mean for practising artists? Should those exhibiting in galleries be paid? If so, how much and by whom? Why are some artists prepared to work for nothing? At the same time, contemporary artistic practice is highly diverse: while some artists produce object-based artworks, others engage in so-called socially engaged projects. So what happens if there is no marketable ‘final product’ at the end of an artistic venture? How do those artists who choose to work outside the gallery system gain professional ...

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Pinned to the MIRIAD Noticeboard…  

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Looking North: The Arts Ecology in Manchester

After Maximo Caminero, an artist from Florida, deliberately smashed a vase that was part of an installation by Ai Weiwei at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, he made the following statement to the Miami New Times: 

”I did it for all the local artists in Miami that have never been shown in museums here. They have spent so many millions now on international artists. It’s the same political situation over and over again. I’ve been here for 30 years and it’s always the same.” In a recent Open Letter to the Curators of Manchester:, 89 artists (and counting) made a ...

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