Visual Arts


Curated by Christine Evans from the creative partnership battyandgorgeous ( Welcome to the Visual Arts Programme 2009, and what a great feast we have for you. With this much visual variety you will certainly be savouring delights all week. Many of this year’s artists are new to the Festival, bringing fresh sights and styles for you to appreciate, along with some familiar contributors.

This year we are inspired by the pushing of traditional boundaries, and you can enjoy some new and exciting avenues of photography, sculpture and drawing.

For detailed information about the Visual Arts Programme, please click on the links below.



Our main Preview Night is on Friday 15th May between 6 and 9pm, when Wilbraham Road and Beech Road will be a hive of activity. There are also some previews on Monday 18th May to give you plenty of time to take in the sights.
See programme entries for participating venues and their preview times.



This year, as ever, there is the chance for you to get creative and join in the fun. During the week you can create your own Plastic Fantastic Bottle Flowers, or get funky with felt. Plus, at Creative Recycling on Beech Road you can paint and plant a flower pot, add to the Pallet Patchwork and see a collage demonstration by resident artists. If you want even more activity then you can do some creative drawing with the Drawing on the Senses workshop at Chorlton Library or make environmental sculptures and paintings at Chorlton Nursery. Do come and join in!



pad returns this year with its annual Design a Greeting Card competition. Simply enter an image that you think would make a great greeting card, be it a photograph, painting or drawing - get creative and let your imagination run wild! Drop off your entry at pad before 5pm on May 23rd. The winner will receive a framed copy of their design and also see their card put into production and sold at pad. Please ensure you complete an entry form when dropping off your design.





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