Rogue Artists Studios (Manchester, UK) are pleased to announce their forthcoming Launch and Open Studios Weekend, to celebrate the development of a new floor of studios and new Project Space.
This exciting expansion has been made possible through support from Arts Council England; in 2007 they awarded Rogue £36,000 from their Grants for the Arts Capital fund to invest in the studio development.
Due to the expansion Rogue now houses fifty-nine artists over two floors of studios and includes a new Project Space, which will be used for residency and exchange projects, alongside a programme of temporary exhibitions and events.
Now one of the largest independent artists studio groups operating in the North West, the Launch and Open Studios Weekend offers the public direct access to a wide range of art, with the opportunity to talk to artists about their work and to buy original works directly from them at a range of prices. The artists range from recent graduates to established practitioners and work in a wide range of disciplines and media; including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, textile design, installation, video, interactive art and illustration.
Coinciding with the Open Studios, Rogue Project Space launches with o p e n e n d e d, an exhibition of new works by emerging Bristol-based artists, featuring Christopher Barr, Sovay Berriman, Milo Brennan, Rhys Coren and Hannah James, who were both selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2007. o p e n e n d e d is the first of a series of national exchanges to be initiated by Manchester based artist Maeve Rendle. Following the launch at Rogue Project Space o p e n e n d e d exchange exhibitions will then take place between Manchester, Bristol and London, creating a three-way exchange and network.
Please join us in celebrating the new studios and Project Space at the Launch and Open Weekend, and the steps we have made towards achieving Rogue's goal of increasing the number of affordable and accessible studios for artists in Manchester. At a time when so many studio buildings across the country are at risk, either because leases are coming to an end or through the impact of high rent reviews, we look forward to toasting the studios achievements and future success.