Towards the end of 2016, friend and colleague, Hilary Jack decided to follow up a lead on a potential building on the edge of Manchester city centre. Drawing together a few other artists from other studio groups who were also under threat of eviction and equally keen to maintain a presence in the city centre, we walked over to visit a light industrial building besides the River Irwell.
Five months of hard work later we have a community of fantastic proactive artists across two floors and have been awarded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts for the build of 23 studios and to launch our public facing activities through a site responsive residency. We’re working to launch the space and our programme in October 2017 but until then, join my mailing list for news when we have it.
Paradise Works is a new artist-led initiative on the border of Salford and Manchester. Established in April 2017, Paradise Works provides studio space to to 26 contemporary artists working across the disciplines of sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, film, audio, performance, photography and curation.
Sited besides the River Irwell, our outlook is local, national and international. We aim to provide a place for making and sharing ambitious and critically engaged work from artists in the city and to create opportunities for emerging, established and international artists through a critically engaged programme of exhibitions, residencies, screenings and events launching in Autumn 2017.