The free exhibition space set up by art students for art students
Put together by former art students Maddie and Natasha, art for us has established itself as a saving grace for budding artists and curators amid Manchester’s unaffordable art scene.
The pair met while working at Manchester’s barbecue and live music bar, The Blues Kitchen, after graduating from university. It is true that student jobs in the hotel industry are a breeding ground for creative collaborations, and as soon as Maddie and Natasha met, the idea of exhibitions became a focal point of their friendship.
“We were both interested in art, I studied art history in college and Natasha also has an art degree, so we brainstormed together when we saw an opportunity in Pot Kettle Black to organize our own exhibition.
“It was an incredible opportunity for us, but also for the artists we took on board. It gave them a completely free outlet to present their work without any barriers.
Since then, Art For Our Sakes has hosted five other exhibitions in various spaces around the city, all with the same ethos – a social celebration of art and creativity without the exorbitant price tag for those just starting out.
Their next event will be on August 8 at Seesaw Space on Princess Street from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Featuring the work of a number of Manchester-based artists, all of varying styles, the evening will also feature DJs, stalls, musicians and drinks to enjoy throughout the night.
Molly’s artistic style oscillates between familiar and surreal natural forms, seeking to disrupt the structure of traditional landscape paintings. Its purpose is to induce a feeling of being lost in a space and uses large strokes of intense natural color to unsettle and intrigue viewers.
Jasmine’s work offers a different approach to design, using neon colors in your face and a psychedelic look into the world of Chinese folklore, myths and crafts. Her art form was inspired by her experiences of being from China and growing up in the UK – exploring the cultural diaspora allowed him to perceive the ongoing xenophobic and racist arrogances towards the Asian community through the Eastern and Western eye.
The third artist in the line-up is Jas Sykes. His style uses color as the main protagonist address the uncomfortable dualities within the post-postmodern condition. Using primarily oil pastel on paper, her art is bold and captivating, often incorporating the human form in dynamic and surreal ways.
Olivia KA is another artist who will showcase her talents at the upcoming Art For Our Sakes event. Alongside Jas, she is part of the Manchester-based art collective, In flesh studiosand his art is heavily focused on the juxtaposition of everyday settings with striking colors and faceless silhouettes.
“Everyone is also welcome to sell their art at our events,” Maddie continued. “A lot of people bring in prints, jewelry or something similar and that’s often what sells the most. We have no intention of charging artists anything – we don’t charge a commission, we make all of our profits from ticket sales and even then we keep this price very low.
The next Art For Our Sakes event on August 8th is already sold out with artists, but if you’re looking to get involved with the next event, Maddie and Natasha are hosting Drop Art For Our Sakes an email toyou [email protected].
Tickets are on sale now for Art For Our Sakes at Seesaw Space for £3.
art for us
When: Monday, August 8
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Espace Seesaw