Sketch-O-Matic call for artists

In an age of buy to invest instead of buy what you like, the making of Art has been torn from human hands as mass-multiple prints flood the high street. Instead, the buying of art is seen as rarefied and reserved for a wealthy few.

Sketch-O-Matic will be a full size photo booth situated in our busy Ground Floor Café Bar. But where the machinery should be will be a tiny, fully equipped artist studio.

You the public are invited to sit inside the booth as if for a photograph and make a donation to an artist through an anonymous slot in return for a self-portrait. Wait five minutes (give or take) and the image will appear in the side wall, accompanied by the warm blast of a travel hairdryer. If you hanker for that still-wet sensation, they may even lick it for you. It could be a pencil drawing, doodle, cartoon, collage or even a word-poem. Take it, frame it, consider it. Now you are both patron and muse!


We are on the look out for North-West and Manchester based artists who would like to join our Sketch-O-Matic rota in one-hour slots. Lunchtime slots (13:00 – 14:00) and evening slots (18:00 – 22:00). We’re looking for pencil drawings, pastels, watercolours, illustrators, cartoonists, cubists, doodlers, poets (for word portraits), collage, ink-blot, dried pasta decoupage and just about any zany or straight-laced style you can imagine… as long as it can be dashed off in approximately 5 minutes. There is, I’m afraid, one exception. No caricaturists. We don’t want anyone to walk away feeling crappy about themselves because you’ve managed to exaggerate a slight mole into a volcanic eruption on the scale of Eyjafjallajökull. If you’re interested in taking part please email or via this website if you’d like to take part!

Sketch-O-Matic will launch for Art Night on Thu 24 November until Sun 4 December 2011. News of additional activity including a one-off classic film screening and new Cornerhouse Projects exhibition will be announced soon. Please see booth for timings.

Requests by artists wishing to participate are now closed. Thanks to everyone who responded! All those involved will be listed on the Cornerhouse website shortly.