Manchester’s best online art exhibitions

We are a resilient and adaptable bunch us creatives aren’t we? There’s a lot of industries that have stopped and/or struggling to work during this stupid time. However, art is not one of them, art will survive! Some of you lovely lot out there have edited your plans and made sure that we are still seeing new, exciting and impressive art. Here is a list of Manchester based, online art exhibitions that are currently on for your viewing pleasure!

Isolation Inspirations by West Art Collective

Isolation Inspirations

They say: ‘West is a platform for artists to share their work and we don’t want to stop due to current circumstances!’ This open call is inviting all artists to send over their work to add to their online gallery. In this exhibition you will see drawings, paintings, video, photography, graphic design and more. The coronavirus has changed the way of lot of artists are working and West Art Collective want to make sure your new work has a place to be displayed. So drop them a message if you want to get involved!


dis/connected hosted by Ashleigh Kent

dis/connected online

This exhibition wasn’t planning on being an online one, but the theme is quite fitting for our current situation. Surrounding the themes of loneliness and feeling isolated, ‘dis/connected’ aims to explore the emotional side of student life, as well as ’emphasising the importance of developing a beneficial relationship with yourself.’ I particularly like the video piece by Ella Jackson, who explores the connections with her surroundings and the emotions of feeling homesick. The exhibition also features animation, photography and paintings too.

Kate Parker

Inside by Cross Street Arts

Inside Cross Street Arts

‘Inside’ is the first online exhibition hosted by Cross Street Arts. Artists from the studios based in Wigan have responded to the theme of being ‘Inside’ during the Covid-19 lockdown. This is hosted on the Cross Street Arts Facebook page, under a new photo album, where you can explore the work of many different artists in many different mediums. They are currently in the process of adding to their new exhibition, named ‘Contact’.

Debbie Budenberg

GALA hosted by Dez Rez Projects

Dez Rez Projects

I was looking forward to this one, so now I am super happy it has been moved online so we don’t miss it. ‘Gala’ brings together six Manchester artists, for one week only! These artists ‘are creating a virtual project space using Instagram in which audiences can view an exhibition of contemporary painting, sculpture and film.’ Plus, they’ll be talks too – which I imagine will be online also. The art will be for sale with money going toward Victoria Baths, a beautiful landmark of Manchester. This exhibition launches on 25th April.

Sophie Nixon

It is truly inspiring to see how everyone is adapting and finding new ways of working to keep us motivated and keep us going. Don’t get me wrong, I can not wait to step foot in a real gallery again, but in the meantime, these online exhibitions are seeing me through.

If you have an online exhibition you wish to add to the list, drop us the details here – Submit your event.

In Bloom by Contemporary Six

Contemporary Six

Let’s bring Spring indoors! Contemporary Six presents ‘In Bloom’ which features paintings by Liam Spencer, Craig Jefferson, Ian Norris, Arthur Neal, Matthew Bourne, and James Bland. These artists are all presenting works on the ‘beauty of flowers’. Plus, each work is for sale also, so all those pennies you have saved from staying in, why not splash out on some art work! This exhibition launches 23rd April.

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