Manchester Open Awards winners announced!

The winners have been announced for the first-ever Manchester Open Awards.

Over 200 people gathered in the gallery at HOME to celebrate the winners and nominees, who were chosen from a huge field of 451 artists featuring in the exhibition.

The five winners will each receive artist bursaries with a value of £2,000 each delivered in collaboration with Castlefield Gallery. These will be tailored to each winning artist, and may cover travel, materials, studio rent, website development or any aspect of their practice following peer review and advice.

The winners are:

  • Manchester Open Award: bOlder Greater Manchester Prize – Jai Chuhan, Shadows and the Sea
  • Manchester Open Award: Illustration & drawing – Catherine Lansdale, Cannulas
  • Manchester Open Award: Sculpture, materiality & form – John Carney, We scorn what we eat, we eat what we despise
  • Manchester Open Award: Granda Foundation Gallery exhibition – Karol Kochanowski, Class
  • Manchester Open Award: The People’s Choice – George Fell, Octopus

The bOlder Greater Manchester Prize is sponsored by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority as part of their Culture and Ageing programme.

The exhibition is set to be one of the most successful ever at HOME. In just over four weeks it has been seen by over 20,000 people.

It’s the start of an exciting fifth birthday year for HOME, which will continue with their first HOME-produced musical, the apocalyptic alien extravaganza Insane Animals (Fri 28 Feb 2020 – Sat 14 Mar 2020) and the Viva Spanish and Latin American Film Festival (Fri 6 Mar 2020 – Thu 26 Mar 2020), now in its incredible 26th year.

The Manchester Open Exhibition runs until Sun Mar 29 and admission is free.