Our exhibition space acts as a platform for an ongoing programme of critically engaged exhibitions, film screenings, projects and events.

7.11.19_______________’Out of Place’ a solo exhibition by Zurich based artist Sam Porritt

28.11.19______________Cinema Paradiso, an evening of artist film launching the HOME Artist Film Weekender

Gallery Space at Paradise Works. Image: Politics of Paradise, Inaugural Group Show 2017. Photo credit: Chris Paul Daniels

Gallery Space at Paradise Works. Image: Politics of Paradise, Inaugural Group Show 2017. Photo credit: Chris Paul Daniels


' Way My It Did I ' by Maria Anastassiou

'Way My It Did I' by Maria Anastassiou


Open: Thursday 28th November, 6:30pm- 9PM, (£3 entry).

Cinema Paradiso returns to Paradise Works to launch HOME’s Artist Film Weekender 2019 for an evening of expanded film, video screenings and experimental performances.

Expect works from an array of international and Manchester-based moving image artists utilising the gallery and screening spaces at one of Greater Manchester’s thriving artists studios.

Event details: Dress warm (free hot soup provided), donations bar available on site & doors open at 18.00 for 18.30 start. Access is via stairs only.

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Event: Friday 29th November, 14:00, (£6/£4 entry).

Award winning artist filmmaker Beatrice Gibson joins us for this year’s HOME Artist Film Weekender, where we will be screening her most recent films, I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead & Deux sœurs qui ne sont pas sœurs.

Join us before the screening for an in depth exploration of Beatrice’s creative practice and her experience in moving image. There will be the opportunity to discuss Beatrice’s work in person and ask questions. Beatrice has been nominated for this year’s Jarman Award and has received global recognition for her work, she won the 17th Baloise Art Prize and has received two Tiger Awards for Best Short Film at Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2009 and 2013.

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OUT OF PLACE, a solo exhibition by Sam Porritt.

Launch: Thursday 7th November 6pm – 8pm, with donations bar.

Exhibition continues: Saturday 9th, 16th & 23rd November, 12-5pm or otherwise by appointment.

Paradise Works is delighted to present 'Out of Place', a solo exhibition by Zurich based artist Sam Porritt.

Dark humour, economy of means and precision are hallmarks of Porritt's practice. For 'Out of Place', Porritt presents a dynamic new installation informed by contemporary concerns around displacement, surplus and need. Using a restrained portfolio of materials and construction techniques, this new site specific work sees Porritt return to Paradise Works, following 2018's 'Tipping the Scales' exhibition with Show.me.up.

Porritt has exhibited internationally in galleries, institutions and triennials including: Museum Bellpark, Kriens, CH; CIRCUIT, Lausanne, CH; CAN, Neuchâtel, CH; SALTS, Basel CH; PEER, London, UK; South London Gallery, London, UK; Foundation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris, FR; c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, Belgium; MOK, Rotterdam, NL; Toves, Copenhagen, DK; Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, IS; MONA, Tasmania, AUS; 17th Tallinn Print Triennial at EKKM, Tallinn, EE; and VITRINE, London, UK and Basel, CH.

His work is held in public and private collections in the UK and abroad. Porritt is represented by VITRINE, London and Basel. Out of Place is kindly supported by the Swiss Cultural Fund UK and Arts Council England.

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Launch: Saturday 12th October 6 - 10pm

Part of Paradise Works’ Open Studios Weekend: Sat 12 (12-10pm) & Sun 13 (12-4pm) October 2019

Exhibition continues: Sat 19th & 26th October 12-5pm

Millennialism is a group exhibition that asks what the experience of becoming an artist is in ‘the era of the millennial’, featuring work by Chris Alton, Shy Bairns, Alexander Glass, Richard Hughes, Lilli Mathod, Jade Monsterrat, Karanjit Panesar, Emily Pope, TV Babies and Romily Alice Walden. The show examines the varying social, political, cultural and financial factors that continue to change the landscape of art today, and how a generation has responded to, shaped and unravelled the ways both art, and ourselves, can be understood.

Millennialism asks us to look beyond the avocados and the selfies. Despite media parody and negativity towards the first generation to grow-up online, Millennials have been responsible for so many shifts in our collective consciousness. They invented wokeness, began social action online, softened mental health, and shaped the internet, challenging concrete classifications and hierarchies as they have done so.

Millennials are making more than just memes. They collapse the personal and the political, question the way we communicate, and reassess which voices get to be heard. With the exhibition and its public programme, we ask, what is the relevance of millennial art, and could it be our next great ‘ism’?

Curated by Will Marshall and Emily Simpson, with support from Arts Council England.

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Preview: Thursday 15th August 6:00-8:00 pm
Open: Saturdays 17th -24th August, 12-5 pm or by appointment until the 30th of August.
Exhibiting Artists: Alicja Mrozowska, Beth Wise, Candice Dehnavi, Ellie Brennan, Emily Wills, Jay Mulholland, Lydia McCaig, Madeleine Ismael, Maria Ansell, Megan Needham, Oliver East, Saoirse Lewis, Sarah Gilmn, Shelby Lloyd.

Paradise Works is delighted to present ‘MADE IT 2019', curated by SHORT SUPPLY collective. A group exhibition, MADE IT will celebrate graduating talent from the class of 2018/2019 across the North West region.

Featuring artists from The Manchester School of Art, University of Central Lancashire, University of Salford and more, the exhibition will showcase the highlights of degree show season up North. The fourteen artists selected have shown resilience, passion and a diverse skill set, contributing to their success as artists during their undergraduate study and upon graduating.
SHORT SUPPLY believes the achievements of these artists deserve to be celebrated and invite you to the preview, where a Curator’s Choice award of £100 and a Cass Art solo exhibition Prize will be awarded.

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Jeremy Hutchison - Movables, 2017, Fondazione Prada Athens

Jeremy Hutchison - Movables, 2017, Fondazione Prada Athens


Preview: Thursday 11 July 2019, 6-9pm, with drinks & wood-fired pizza.
Exhibition open: 12 July – 3 August 2019, 12-5pm or by appointment.

Paradise Works is delighted to present BUFFER ZONES, a group exhibition of thirteen critically acclaimed contemporary artists, curated by Nat Pitt (Division of Labour, The Manchester Contemporary).

Exhibiting Artists: Sally Payen, Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Yelena Popova, Hilary Jack, Gavin Wade, Jeremy Hutchison, Simon & Tom Bloor, James Bridle, Marco Godoy, Ella Littwitz.

Buffer Zones brings together the works of thirteen artists in a physical commentary on the geo-political, social economic and cultural impacts of borders. The audience is invited to make a precarious journey though barricades, borders and partitions to experience Buffer Zones at Paradise Works. Conceived during the United Kingdom’s attempts to leave the EU, themes of division, separation of community and physical space take the fore in this immersive exhibition.

 “Space is not a scientific object removed from ideology or politics. It has always been political and strategic. There is an ideology of space. Because space, which seems homogeneous, which appears as a whole in its objectivity, in its pure form, such as we determine it, is a social product.”
― Henri Lefebvre

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Conversations Series II: Other Transmissions

Open: Friday, 28th of June 6:00 PM 9:00 PM.

For one night only, Conversations Series II: Other Transmissions comes to Paradise Works with a film screening and one-off live immersive intervention. This one-off event will present a selection of resulting artworks from the touring exhibition informed by collaborative artist residency Conversations Series II, led by Venture Arts with programme partners' Castlefield Gallery and The Whitworth. There will be a film screening of group film Other Transmissions Film, a collaborative film that consists of low-fi surreal episodes developed by the group, making use of green screen footage as well as 3D scanned imagery. Other Transmissions is a touring programme resulting from artists' residency Conversations Series II, exploring stereotypes and 'art world definitions'. Participating artist Joe Beedles will also perform an exclusive live intervention using light and sound reacting to audio in real time.

Residency artists include: Joe Beedles, James Desser, Amy Ellison, Frances Heap, Andrew Johnstone and John Powell-Jones.

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Preview: Thursday 6th June 6-8pm.

Open: Saturdays 8th-22nd June 12-5pm or by appointment.

Paradise Works is pleased to present Slime Of Ur Life: Work Drinks, a solo exhibition by John Powell-Jones.

Work Drinks is part of a new body of work exploring the relationship Western culture has with 'work' and how this is informed by an ideology perpetuated through living within a hyper-capitalist/consumer state of shared consciousness. Work is no longer a part of one's existence, it is instead increasingly becoming the all-consuming reason for being, oozing over every aspect of life, the line between it and leisure blurred.

We live in a constant state of anxiety, ever aware of the looming shadow of unemployment, bombarded by the idea that success, financial wealth and ultimately happiness are all intrinsically linked. The Church has been replaced by the office, we bow down daily at the alter of J.O.B, plagued by the perpetual guilt of the sin of free time.


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Preview: 17th May 6pm-9pm
Open: Saturdays 18th May - 1st June 12pm - 4pm. Or otherwise by appointment.

Show.Me.Up is pleased to present 'You Still There?' at Paradise Works. An exhibition featuring works that represent the human form in abstracted, fragmented and anthropomorphic ways.  Featuring ParadiseWorks members Precious Innes, Kieran Leach and Robin Megannity who will be exhibiting alongside Jasmine Jones and Thomas Van Linge.

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Preview: Friday 29 March 2019, 6-8pm

Open: 30 March - 14 April, Saturdays, 12-5pm, or by appointment

Paradise Works are delighted to present Cherry Tenneson’s first solo exhibition, HALF OF TWO DAYS OF EVERYTHING. Cherry’s practice often involves accumulating and transforming everyday signs and objects, and through this examination of seemingly disparate and commonplace elements, the absurdity of the everyday is exposed. Cherry’s work reveals the inherent flaws and banality in the language of advertising, commodification, and instructional procedures.

During the preview event there will be a new performance devised by Cherry Tenneson and Laura Weaver which takes an absurdist look at the impact of technology on society. The exhibition is curated by Zoe Watson.

In Conversation - Saturday 13 April, 2-3:30pm, with Cherry Tenneson and curator Zoe Watson

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Division of Labour will also preview In No Particular Order Friday 29th 6-8pm.

An exhibition of paintings by Lexi Strauss, Ian Hartshorne and John Robinson, each looking at our indoor lives, our lounges, our ‘leisure centres’ or our ‘remote working’ areas. 

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‘Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real’, Caitlin Griffiths

Preview: Friday 22 February. 6–8pm
Open: Saturday 23 February, 11-5pm

Caitlin Griffiths presents new photographic work-in-progress made following her residency to the Niels Bohr archive in Copenhagen. Starting from Niels Bohr’s Copenhagen Interpretation which theorized that reality is only summoned into existence through the act of looking at it, Griffiths’ aims to draw parallels between observation theory and identity formation.
Taking its title from an often shared Niels Bohr's quote (on the nature of Quantum Physics), the exhibition explores the relationship between reality and individual identity through two new series which draw on photography's means to observe and document place, people and performance.

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Mission to Touch the Sun: Sun Burnt
Preview: Friday 8 February, 6-9pm
Open: Saturday 9, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February, 12-5, weekday by appointment 

Artists: Lydia Blakeley, Soohyun Choi, Charlie Godet Thomas, Marion Balac, Oliver Durcan, Paula Pinho Martins Nacif, Richard Porter, K.P.Culver , Will Kendrick . Curated by K.P.Culver & William Noel Clarke.
Mission to Touch the Sun: Sun Burnt scrutinizes the manufactured offers of the exotic that drive the travel industry. Tourism is a global economy led by peoples desire to discover dream destinations and experience the authentic. By making leisure, travel and location collide seemingly easily, this offer creates expectancy of, and the want to consume and indulge in the ‘other’.

Mission to Touch the Sun slaps the back of the sunburnt tourist, points the selfie stick in the air, and before the photo is taken says “tourism is a form of idealized escapism, presumed offer of the exotic and simulation of normality”. Tourists, in all their forms, can be negative agents of cultures because they seem to exist in a hyperreality which has been fed through privilege, entitlement and media.

Curated by K.P.Culver & William Noel Clarke, the works explore these intersections with a comical satire, cannon balling into the deep end of the plastic world of backpackers and the all-inclusive.

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Cornford & Cross - Vanishing Point 2018

Vanishing Point 2018 is a series of 10 photographs from a lost portfolio spanning 25 years of the artists’ careers. The found photographs and associated texts lead into the space at Paradise Works and to an unrealised proposal at the heart of the exhibition.

The exhibition explores varied and diverse social, economic and political critiques. The photographs portrays a reflection English identity, via Norwich, Stoke on Trent, Liverpool, South London, Birmingham and Salford, through the eyes of Cornford & Cross.

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Island Life brings together six artists whose work can be said to be culturally, socially or politically engaged. It comes as no surprise in a transitional world where ideas of borders and truths are constantly being challenged, that these artists choose to explore worldviews through their lived experiences and those of others around them.

In this exhibition, the artists reflect and connect the complexities of modern living in this island nation in north western Europe with its neighbours and beyond. The personal endeavours of the artists resonate with wider social concerns, with questions of co-existence, equality, and most of all, a sense of shared humanity.

Island Life is supported by the University of Salford Art Collection and School of Arts and Media Graduate Scholarship Programme, and includes works by Paradise Works' 2017/18 Graduate Scholar Elliott Flanagan.

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Opening night: Friday 17 August, 6-9pm

Open: Sat & Sun, 18 - 26 August, 12-4pm or by appointment

Furnished Archipelago is a collaborative exhibition from After School Club's James Ackerley and Depot artists Rowan Eastwood, Jack Ginno, Sam Potter and Alistair Woods. New works from Depot artists draw on their common interest in the everyday, authorship, time and space, and are jointly presented with new sculptural forms from Ackerley. Serving as furniture, these works invite the audience to sit, lean or look through, challenging the traditional ways that we encounter artworks within the gallery environment.

Furnished Archipelago is the last in a series of critically engaged events and exhibitions facilitated by James Ackerley from his studio base at Paradise Works. After School Club is a shifting network of peer support and collaborative activity for artists, designers and creatives based in Manchester, with support from Arts Council England. Established in 2016, Depot is an artists’ studio space and platform for the exhibition and promotion of contemporary art in Manchester.

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The Future Is Bright The Past Is Colourful
A solo show by studio member Richard Shields.

Preview: Thursday 12th July 6-9pm

Open: Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5pm until 28 July, and by appointment until 8 August 2018.

Shields is a Manchester based artist from Northern Ireland. In October 2017 Shields was selected for the Impose|Lift residency in The Curfew Tower situated in Cushendall Northern Ireland. The residency is curated by Manchester based gallery The Penthouse and hosted by Bill Drummond. The residency focused on the political situation in Northern Ireland, the history of the tower, indigenousness and the other.
Being unbaptized from Catholic and Protestant parents, Shields explored his ambiguous cultural identity through subjects that are stereotypically associated with Northern Ireland by those in mainland Britain and the rest of Ireland.

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Preview: Friday 1st June, 6-9pm

Open: Saturdays,12-5pm or by appointment until 24th June.

Mental State Signs: A solo exhibition by artist Nick Jordan.

Titled from a clinical term used for assessing mental health disorders, the exhibition explores themes of psychosis and surveillance, and includes new paintings, film, photography and found objects. Material on display includes schematic diagrams, clinical index cards, archival letters, audio visual equipment and
illuminated signage, which the artist salvaged from an abandoned hospital’s psychiatry video studio. Read More

Saturday 16 June: The Speaker is a Type of Membrane

An evening of artists' film, performance and live music, featuring short films by Clara Casian, Jenny Holt, Nick Jordan, James Snazell, Mary Stark; and film/music performances by Sam McLoughlin & David Chatton Barker (Samandtheplants, Folklore Tapes), Tuskmoth (Lord Mongo, David Bez, Otis Jordan).

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Opening night: Friday 11 May, 7-9pm

Open: Sat 12th - Sun 13th May 12.30 - 5pm

Boredom is, despite the name, rather interesting. It's a state of mind we generally seek to avoid. That feeling of listlessness, a lack of all stimulation. But within that empty brain space, mysterious intrigue festers, and things begin to gestate. Thinking about boredom is the perfect way to escape boredom, and being bored is an ideal way to escape thoughtlessness. Scaffold presents, a group show featuring a selection of new works responding to the intentionally antagonistic and possibly ludicrous statement surrounding the existence of the minds most mysterious and ephemeral state.

Artists: Lucy Bird, Carrie Doughty, Jon Edgley, Matt Girling, Ant Hamlyn, Laura Hopkinson, Sarah Howe, Stefan Klein, Benjamin Lunt, Lilli Mathod, Sophia Moffa, Plumb, Danny Ryder, Lena Schwingshandl, Alexis Zelda Stevens, Topp & Dubio, WHATCHAMACALLIT collective, Laura Weaver, Alexandra Wilson



Open: 3rd March – 31st March 2018, Saturday + Sundays 1pm – 5pm or by appointment.

Artists: Corey Bartle-Sanderson, Alexander J Croft, Richard Hughes, Precious Innes, Kieran Leach, Sam Porritt, Sara Procter, Gwyn Williams and Alistair Woods.

Tipping the scales is the inaugural exhibition presented by Kieran Leach and Precious Innes under the moniker Show.me.up. The curatorial duo will program a series of exhibitions, the first of which will take place at Paradise Works.

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Politics of Paradise

Saturday 28 October 12:00 – 10:00pm
(part of Paradise Works Launch Weekend)
29 October, 4 + 5 November, 12:00 – 5:00pm

Extended: Politics of Paradise has been extended to 26th November, open by appointment. Get in touch.

Politics of Paradise presents new and existing work by 25 artists based at Paradise Works. The exhibition is presented in the studio's newly commissioned gallery space and across the building in site specific interventions and performance. Exploring historic and contemporary notions of “paradise”, the artists respond to their new home on the Salford and Manchester border, and to the utopian vision often attributed to, and compounded by artists.

Exhibiting Artists: James Ackerley, Louise Adkins, Sarah Blaszczok, Michael Branthwaite, Robin Broadley, Andrew James Brooks, Nina Chua, Chris Paul Daniels, Elliott Flanagan, Louise Giovanelli, Lucy Harvey, William Hughes, Precious Innes, Hilary Jack, Kwong Lee, Kieran Leach, Jo McGonigal, Robin Megannity, Bren O'Callaghan, Alyson Olson, Richard Shields, Cherry Tenneson, Claire Tindale, Winter and Kurth, Elizabeth Wewiora.

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The Manchester Contemporary

Preview: Friday 27 October, 5:00 - 9:00pm

Saturday 28 October, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 29 October, 10:00 -5:00pm

To coincide with the Launch Weekend, Paradise Works is pleased to showcase selected works from the groups inaugural exhibition, Politics of Paradise. Works by studio artists James Ackerley, William Hughes, Precious Innes, Hilary Jack, Kieran Leach, Jo McGonigal, Robin Megannity, Richard Shields, Cherry Tenneson and Claire Tindale explore the utopian ideals that underpin the groups identity and recent formation on the Salford and Manchester border. The Manchester Contemporary showcase serves as a taster of the group’s extended Politics of Paradise exhibition and open studios across the weekend of The Manchester Contemporary.

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