SPARK: Artist Interventions in a Time of Crisis
An exhibition of a network of North-West artists concerned with intervention in the climate crisis
Rogue Project Space
2-6 Barrass St, Manchester, M11 1WP
PV: 8th December, 2023, 6-8 pm
9th December – January 13th
Opening Times: Saturday, Sunday 12-4 pm
Or by appointment
Curated by Sophy King and John-Paul Brown.
Featuring: Artist A & Artist B, Chris Alton, John-Paul Brown, Eleanor Capstick, Nerissa Cargill Thompson, Maya Chowdhry, Helen Clare, Louise Ann Clarke, Sara Kristina Davies, Sarah Feinmann, Sarah Grant, Anthony Hall, Jackie Haynes, Tracy Hill, David Jacques, Adele Jordan, Nick Jordan, Lizzie King, Sophy King, Jane Lawson, Helena Lee, Ruth Moilliet, Rob Mullender-Ross, Mike Perry, Sam Pickett, Gwen Riley Jones, Lucy Roberts, Heather Ross, Rae Story, Steve Sutton, TEA, Debbie Yare
SPARK is the first exhibition by members of the SPARK Artists Network, who have been meeting since June 2022. Their monthly events have included guerilla gardening, moss walks, exploring urban and rural ecologies, tours of political sites and exhibition visits.
The exhibition aims to engender conversation and collaboration and foster the cross-pollination of ideas. The artists examine how their interventions can affect change, questioning whether art can be productive with or without overt activism. The exhibition, programme and conversations deriving from them will shape the future direction and plans of the Spark Artists Network.
There will be a programme of events alongside the exhibition:
8th December, 6-8pm, Private View with Performances from Artist A & Artist B, and Maya Chowdhry
9th December, 11-4pm SPARK #18: Talks and panel Q&A by invited speakers Rebecca Chesney, Liz Postlethwaite and Debbie Yare
16th December, 4-6pm Observed Ecologies: A programme of short films exploring the interconnections between human activity and the natural environment, selected from Braziers International Film Festival by Nick Jordan
7th January 2-4pm What is the Role of the Artist at the End of Time?: Workshop led by Rae Story
13th January 10am SPARK #19: Forest Bathing Walk with Niki Colclough. Part of the project ‘Rituals for Tomorrow’ by Jenny Steele. Followed by a Spark meeting – Where Do We Go From Here?
13th January, 2pm, Photography Talks and Networking – Climate Aware Photography Projects with Helena Lee
The SPARK Artists Network is open to all. Their meetings are usually on the first Saturday of the month. You can follow them @sparkartistsnetwork on Instagram or Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
paintings by Margaret Cahill
Rogue Project Space
4 Barrass Street
November 4 – November 25
Open Saturdays & Sundays 12 – 4pm
P.V. Saturday November 4, 2-5pm
Shifting Ground is a retrospective exhibition of work resulting from projects undertaken in Europe in the last two decades alongside recent new paintings.
The work draws on the artists experiences of places containing resonances of social, political or historic changes. From an abandoned Russian airbase in Estonia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 90s through post conflict Kosovo to the 1936 Olympic village outside Berlin.
The images from these sites become the starting point for paintings of spaces balanced between the real and imaginary that look beyond the landscape to distil the essence of a place capturing the sensations it evokes.
The paintings are rooted in the experience of these places but at the same time are mediated notions of landscape refracted through memory.
The exhibition explores themes of memory, history and place and reflects on our relationship with landscape in a shifting and unstable world.
For more information or to arrange an appointment outside opening times please contact Margaret Cahill at
ROGUE OPEN STUDIOS 2023
Rogue Artists’ Studios & Project Space
4 Barrass Street
Opening Party 2-5pm
Saturday 30 September 2023
Saturday 30 September & Sunday 1 October 2023
The ‘Rogue Open Studios’ is an opportunity to visit the workspaces of more than 85 leading contemporary artists. Rogue artists work across media including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage, glass, textiles, film, photography, sound art, performance and assemblage, and will be on hand over the weekend to welcome visitors to our magnificent Grade 2 listed buildings. In addition to the Open Studios, Rogue’s Project Space, acclaimed by Time Out Manchester as one of the best art galleries in the city, will host ‘TEES’, an exhibition exploring the T-Shirt as art form. In our brand new Platform Space on the first floor Rogue artist Joe Hancock will present ‘Working in Progress’. All are welcome to the opening party on Saturday 30 September from 2-5pm.
Free entry and parking.
Wheelchair accessible (ground floor only).
Rogue Project Space
Ground Floor Gallery Space
2-6 Barrass St
Manchester, M11 1WP
An exhibition exploring the t-shirt as art form
Preview: 30 September 2023, 2-5pm
Show runs until 31 October 2023
Opening Times: 12-4pm
Or by appointment
Curated by Mike Chavez-Dawson & Co. Assisted by; Jamie Kirk, Grecia Balassone, Vincent Patterson, Maggie Stick and John Paul Brown.
Featuring Sir Peter Blake, Jeremy Deller, David Shrigley, Bob and Roberta Smith and artists from Rogue Artists’ Studios, Paradise Works, Suite, Bankley Studios, AWOL Studios, Islington Mill and beyond..
Ten Obstructions are a porous group of ten artists that came together in late 2019 through bOlder, a Castlefield Gallery artist development programme. This is their sixth group exhibition and they continue to offer each other support critique encouragement and friendship. The exhibiting artists are:
Maya Chowdhry, Jane Fairhurst, Sarah Feinmann, Sabrina Fuller, Claire Hignett, Christopher Rainham and Ian Vines.
In Gladly Beyond Ten Obstructions embrace the opportunity for experimentation that Rogue Project Space offers. The title comes from ee cummings, himself a radical experimenter with form: ‘somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond any experience’.
Gladly Beyond journeys literally, visually and imaginatively through time and through space. It explores the possibilities of visual representation: through light, through simplification of form, or by playing with scale. It delves into the nature of perception, the process of looking, the connections and dialogue between visual representation and the natural world – capturing a feeling, a pulsing life essence.
Journeys of the imagination take us from fabled and mythic magical gardens to speculative fictions. We leave behind the constructs and fictions that justify existing hierarchies and inequalities – all responding to the inexorable march of man-made climate change.
Rogue Women Returns.
An exhibition bringing together and celebrating the work of women artists from Roque Studios plus invited artists from around the UK.
Please join us for our PV on Friday 5th May 6-9pm
Exhibition runs from Sat 6th May to Sun 28th May
Open Saturday & Sunday 11am – 4pm
Weekdays by appointment only
Ground Floor Gallery Space
Rogue Artists’ Studios CIC
2-6 Barrass Street,
In November 2019 in response to the gender imbalance in the arts we organised and co-curated a hugely successful exhibition of all female artists entitled ROGUE WOMEN. This was shown in the large ground floor Rogue Studios Gallery Space with most female members taking part.
As the dialogue surrounding the inequality of women in the arts continues, we have decided to create ROGUE WOMEN 2.
We have a 50% representation of female artists practicing both nationally and internationally here at Rogue and the exhibition will showcase the talent of up to 40 of the women members alongside a small number of selected guest artists from around the UK.
Throughout art history women have been largely invisible, ignored and excluded. Our aim is to place women in the spotlight, show solidarity and to continue the discourse around these issues.
Our guest curator will be Natasha Howes, Senior Curator at Manchester Art Gallery
Spring as a Rebel, Act I & Act II
Act I 01.04.23 – 16.04.23
Act II 22.04.23 – 29.04.23
Open Saturdays and Sundays 12-6pm*
*excludes Easter Sunday
Evening Performance with artist Kelly Jayne Jones
John-Paul Brown explores what it is to communicate in an age plagued with disinformation and polar opinion; how the present day written word and verbal languages are failing to connect, unify, inform and address the climate emergency. A rise in climate-related anxiety is effectively shutting down social capacity to sustain a collective demand for change, and feel optimistic for our futures.
Embracing a no blame, no shame approach to discussing carbon footprints, he aims to create a safe space for open dialogue and shared learning, juxtaposing global issues such as deforestation, mass migration, permafrost, new energy etc, with notions of self care, resilience, and future affirmations.
Taking inspiration from the ancient visual languages of cave art, and the Rosetta Stone in the age of short-hand emoji chat, he has produced a series of symbols and signifiers to encourage climate curiosity, self education and continued conversation. He explores alternative ways of low-carbon art-making through material choices, utilising non-recyclable materials, and post-art recycling considerations.
The show is presented in two acts. Act I offers research and development through a series of installations, climate equations, AI sound, and painting. Act II explores performance and ritual meditation with artists Kelly Jayne Jones, transformation of Act I materials, and regeneration of self.
About John-Paul Brown
John-Paul Brown (b.1981) graduated with a BA (Hons) in Photography from Blackpool & Fylde College in 2004. His practice ranges from documentary photography and drawing, to large scale installation and social engagement. His work addresses concerns relating to the climate and ecological emergency, non-recyclable materials, urban environments, and low-carbon art-making.
He combines research with personal experience to create layered narratives of social present, exploring the material choices and positive roles artists can play in tackling the climate crisis.
About Kelly Jayne Jones
Kelly Jayne Jones is a Manchester-based artist making work that combines performance, installation and sound. She is self-taught and began working in DIY experimental noise music. Her practice has expanded to include sound installation, dance, gesture, sonic drawings, stone sculpture and film scores.
She is interested in creating multi-sensory experiences that create possible conditions for communication and exchange. She is currently exploring animist ideas around the breath and spirit of mountains and rivers and how we can reconnect with our planet by means of ancient and modern rituals.
Rogue Platform Space
2-6 Barrass Street
Ongoing from 13th February – 17th March.
The space is open to the public on Friday 17th March from 4pm – 7pm.
Following the success of their duo show at Manchester’s Holden gallery in August 2022 (curated by Julia Makojnik), Steve Oliver and Jon Whitter will spend 21 days in Rogue’s first floor project space, exploring making and installation strategies in real time. Expect actors, plasterers, 3D scanners and screens.
Access is via two flights of stairs to the first floor
Ruth Murray and Linda Hemmersbach
18 February – 12 March
Open Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment
Holding Time is an exhibition by Ruth Murray and Linda Hemmersbach. It explores their mutual fascination with the materiality of paint and its ability to evoke places and sensations through colour, surface and touch. Focusing on the relationship between ourselves and the environments we inhabit and through which we move, the exhibition aims to show the many shared avenues that their studio practices have taken. Themes such as landscape, geological matter, deep time, the body and birth, are presented as constellations of memory, consciousness and hope.
China, an enigma
4 – 27 November 2022
Private View: 3 November 6-9pm
Rogue Project Space
China, an enigma is a new body of work, which began at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing’s 798 Artzone. The catalyst for its development was an International Art Residency in 2019, which included the opportunity of living amongst the local community and experiencing the intensity of China’s capital city.
Photography was used as a method to record personal observations of China, from the banal to the peculiar. The work is an exhibition of ceramics, paintings, collage and mixed media, in response to the residency period in Beijing, but also includes experiences prompted by visits to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Huangshan, Jingdezhen and Xi’an City.
Source material to further develop ideas, comes from a mixture of collected ephemera from China and the UK, with items being acquired from second hand shops, in both countries. The work uses imagery alluding to aspects of Chinese history, culture and contemporary life, but also incorporates British history in an attempt to set up a dialogue, which teases out comparisons as well as differences between the two countries.
An additional layer of meaning communicated is the legacy of the Cultural Revolution, manifestations of this ten-year period still exist in China today. Upheaval and turmoil are common features in our turbulent world…
So many years ago heroes ruled the world
(some died for love in a cruel world)
They were the only ones in a cruel world
Lyrics by Level 42 – The Chinese Way © Peermusic Publishing
The residency in Beijing was supported by Wales Arts International (WAI), and the subsequent artworks endorsed by Palis Advisory GmbH, Berlin.
The ‘Rogue Winter Fayre’ is an opportunity to visit the work spaces of more than 85 leading contemporary artists. Rogue artists work across media including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage, glass, textiles, film, photography, sound art, performance and assemblage, and will be on hand over the weekend to welcome visitors to our magnificent Grade 2 listed buildings. In addition to the Open Studios, Rogue’s brand new Project Space, acclaimed by Time Out Manchester as one of the best art galleries in the city, will host an exhibition of work by studio artists. All are welcome to the opening night party on Friday 2 December from 6-9pm.
Short Supply are delighted to invite you to the preview of MADE IT 2022 at Rogue Artists’ Studios – an annual North West graduate art prize celebrating regional graduates curated by Short Supply, awards supported by Castlefield Gallery, CASS ART Manchester and The White Pube
Open Wednesday – Saturday 12-5pm (until October 23)
Access: Wheelchair accessible ground floor exhibition space
How to get there: 2-6 Barrass Street, Openshaw, Manchester M11 1PU. Rogue is easily accessible by rail. Take the Rose Hill Marple train from Platform 2 at Manchester Piccadilly and alight at Gorton station. Leave the station and turn left. Walk 50 yards and turn left again into Beeth Street. Rogue is straight ahead of you. By car, turn off the Ashton Old Road onto Lees Street towards Gorton Railway Station. After approximately 300 yards take a right turn into Beeth Street. Rogue is straight ahead of you.
All are welcome to Rogue’s first Open Studios event since 2019. We are open from 12-5pm on both Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th and refreshments will be available. Come and have a look round our lovely Grade II listed building and visit the studios of up to 85 contemporary artists working in a wide range of media.
In addition to the Open Studios, we will be presenting ‘DRAWING-IN-BREATHING-OUT’ an exhibition of drawing by Manchester based artists as part of A Modest Show, the official satellite programme of the British Art Show 9
Entry is free and limited free parking is available in our car park. Please note that only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible.
‘Mastered It!’ Present their postgraduate showcase, a diverse selection of creative arts. Join us!
Openshaw, Manchester – Danielle Eccles, Gemma Burnell & Steven White will present Mastered It!, taking place at Rogue Studios on Thursday 13th January (industry guests) and Saturday 15th January (open event). The showcase will feature an inspirational mix of Fine Art, Illustration, Textiles and Surface Design, Fashion, Creative Writing and Theatre.
The University of Bolton graduates from MA Creative Practice, MA Creative Industries and MA Applied and Community Arts programmes, are proud to bring Mastered It! to Rogue Studios for the first time.
The times for both events are as follows:
Thursday 13th January- 18.00-20.00
Saturday 15th January- 12.00-15.00
For more details about the event, or to book, please contact email@example.com. Please be aware that this is a booked event only. Strict covid regulations will be followed.
‘The arts have the power to enlighten, to teach, to motivate and encourage. We would be delighted for you to come along and share our work’, Gemma Burnell at Mastered It!
Gemma Burnell (Event Liaison)
Sponsored by Castlefield Gallery and Cass Art Manchester
Preview 2-5pm Sunday 29th August 2021 (Artists only)
Rogue Project Space
4 Barrass St
Exhibition continues Sunday 5th and Sunday 12th September 12-5pm 2021
MADE IT is a selected showcase of graduate artists from the 2020/21 cohort, judged by artists Emily Speed and Hetain Patel, in collaboration with Short Supply.
This years cohort are: Hafsa Aziz, Alice Vincent-Barwood, Polly Bates, Beth Cooper, Alicia Corbett, Chloe Rose Daniels, Jessica Dartnall, Emma Dolan, Jasmine Gardner, Sumayyah El Gindy, Eve Gittens, Sarah Godfrey, Nadire Gokmen, Penny Haskall, Scott Hesketh, Gabriel Kidd, Monica Marshall, Nicole Mullan, Phoebe Price, Rowan Pritchard, Saffron Stott, Saffron Summerfield, Emilia Trafalgar, Baba Lou Webb, Amelia Welbourne, Rhianwen Williams, Helena Worthington and Leyao Xia.
Awards announced at the Preview will be Curator’s Choice, CASS ART Prize and Castlefield Associate’s Award. The People’s Choice Award which is an online vote will be awarded on 12th September 2021.
Further information here
the experience of history
new and recent work by david gledhill
extended until February 24th
open every Monday, Thursday and Friday 12-5pm.
(Closed December 21 – January 6)
Private View: Friday January 10 6-9pm
the experience of history is an exhibition of paintings, films and objects based on and incorporating amateur snapshots acquired from flea markets in Europe during the past 10 years.
Most of the photographs were taken between 1930 and 1945 and provide a glimpse of a momentous period in modern history, as recorded by citizen photographers.
The exhibition features four linked projects. ‘Poland 1940-1941’ is based on an album of photographs probably taken by a German civil administrator posted to Sosnowiec in southern Poland in June 1940. ‘The Berlin Olympic Village Project’ features paintings based on amateur snapshots of the Olympic Village during the Games in 1936, together with paintings and films that depict the Village as it appeared in 2016. ‘Karel/Karl’ includes paintings based on photographs from a box of personal effects that belonged to an ethnic German carpenter from Czechoslovakia, together with assemblages that combine furniture and suitcases with documents from the box. ‘Ruth Finger’ is based on a small wallet of personal photographs taken in Germany during the 1940s.
Timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War and at a turning point in British history, the exhibition shows how previously tolerant populations can be persuaded to identify with extremist ideologies through a process of indoctrination, scapegoating and pageantry.
For further information or to arrange to visit contact:
16 November – 1 December 2019
Private View: Friday 15 November 6 – 9pm
Rogue: Behaving in ways that are not expected or not normal.
Subversive: seeking or intended to subvert an established system or institution.
Solidarity: unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.
Why are so many female artists airbrushed from history?
Why is there gender inequality in the art world?
What does it mean to be a woman in Art?
Throughout art history women have been largely invisible, ignored and excluded from the dialogue.
We have decided to respond to the discourse around the gender imbalance in the arts by having an all female artists exhibition entitled ‘ROGUE WOMEN’
This brings together and celebrates the work of 40 women artists from Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and London and includes young emerging artists alongside established international artists working in varied disciplines.
The aim is to put women in the spotlight and show solidarity with women artists everywhere. Our guest curator is Ann Bukantas, Curator and Head of Fine Art at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
Including work by: Rachael Addis Heather Alderson Roseanna Baylis Janet Bezzant Andrea Booker Brass Art Lindsey Bull Margaret Cahill Annie Carpenter Jane Chavez-Dawson Josephine Clinton Rebecca Davy Claire Dorsett Jenny Ruth Eden Sarah Feinmann Alice Fox Susan Gunn Hannah Leighton-Boyce Michelle Leigh Liz Lyons Susie MacMurray Azzymah Mayor Sarah Jane Moon Mandy Payne Nadia Peters Jen Orpin Sue Reddish Lucy Ridges Lauren Sagar Lynn Setterington Nicola Smith and Jessica Longmore Jennifer Steele Katy Suggitt Judith Tucker Liz West Joanna Whittle
New and recent work by Rogue Studios artists
July 12th – August 24th
Rogue is delighted to be part of the Manifest Arts Festival 2019
Manifestation, an exhibition of work by studio artists follows on from the acclaimed inaugural exhibition Manifesto which featured work by 55 Rogue Artists, Manifestation showcases new work by recent additions to the studio membership.
WHY BE EXOTIC IN PRIVATE? JENNY STEELE
Rogue Project Space
4 Barrass Street
Opening event: Saturday 8th June, 2-5pm, all welcome
Open 9th- 29th June, Thursdays and Saturdays 12- 5pm and available to view by appointment (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Closing event: Saturday 29th June 12-5pm
‘Why Be Exotic In Private? is a solo installation by artist Jenny Steele, which is the result of her research into South Beach Miami’s 1930’s ‘Seaside Moderne’ architecture which was inspired by the long sweeping streamlined curves and details of ocean liners and the International Modernist style. In addition to recording the formal and decorative elements of the buildings, Steele explored the social history of the largest area of coastal art deco architecture built internationally. The installation was Steele’s first solo exhibition in London at The Foundry Gallery, Chelsea from December 2018 – March 2019, and is at Rogue Project Space, Manchester until June 29th.
This exhibition is supported by Arts Council England Project Grants, The Graphical Tree, The Little Greene Paint Company, Fred Aldous and The Foundry Gallery.