While the exhibition had to close early due to the coronavirus outbreak, there are still many ways you can enjoy the work of the Manchester Open artists online.
NEW! Read our Q&A with Manchester Open curator Bren O’Callaghan
To mark the final #ManchesterOpenMonday, we took some time to speak to the man behind it all – curator Bren O’Callaghan. You can read the full interview here.
Browse our gallery of images from the launch night, and relive the experience with our video
The opening night of The Manchester Open was our busiest exhibition launch ever, with queues stretching round the block. Browse the gallery of images below to see the works on display, or relive the experience with our video.
Go ‘Behind the Art’ with three of the Manchester Open artists
We joined artists Kat Preston, Dan Welsh and Ngozi Ugochukwu as they created the works that would be shown int he exhibition – find out more by watching our short films below.
Read our interviews with even more artists
We spoke to several of the artists exhibiting about how they took up art, where they found their inspiration and which artists they admire. Find out which artist is also a scientist and which can trace their family back to the Persian Empire.
Listen and watch artists speak about their work
Listen to these audio features of Ray Chadwick and Alison Kershaw speaking about their work, and watch Glen Palin explain his work in BSL.
View this post on Instagram
Our first artist audio feature for the #mcropen2020 exhibition! Listen to Alison Kershaw talk about the inspiration behind her piece ‘The End of Oil’ currently exhibiting at HOME as part of the Manchester Open 2020, on display until Sun 29 March. Alison will be leading our Open Door Saturday tour of the gallery on Sat 29 Feb at 1pm. Book your free place on this tour by searching Open Door Saturday on the HOME website. Our gallery is free to enter, just drop by! The Manchester Open 2020 is exhibiting on all 3 floors of HOME. #mcropen2020 #Manchester #Art #Painting #Exhibition #artist #artwork
View this post on Instagram
#McrOpen2020 artist Ray Chadwick (@r.d.b.c) explains the inspiration behind his piece ‘The Garden of Earthly Despair’, showing as part of the exhibition until Sun 29 Mar, as well as what its ethos #EveryonesAnArtist means to him. #Art #VisualArt #ManchesterOpen2020 #ManchesterOpenMonday
Find out about the inspiration behind the Manchester Open Awards trophies
The awards given out to artists have a fascinating story behind them that covers thousands of years – read all about it here.
Relive Manchester Open House Thursdays
Open House Thursdays were our night for live performance and socialising – you can relive them via our image galleries here:
Find out about sustainability themes in the exhibition
Alice Wilde, our Talent Development producer, picked out three pieces from the Manchester Open 2020 which provoke discussion around sustainability and our environmental impact on the world. You can read her blog post here.
What was your favourite piece in the Manchester Open exhibition? Are you excited that it is now a biennial event, and will return in 2022? And what exactly makes an artist? Tell us in the comments below!
We have been overwhelmed by the love and support we’ve received since announcing our temporary closure due to the coronavirus update. This is a difficult time, and we appreciate everyone who has asked how they can help. If you are receiving a refund due to cancellation of a show, please consider being one of the many people who have turned this refund into a donation, if you can afford to do so. And please do add Gift Aid if you can – this means we can claim 25% more, without any additional cost to you. If you would like to make a one-off donation, you can do so via our Response Fund here: https://homemcr.org/about/support/donations/