Our mission is to provide Greater Manchester with a huge variety of new, engaging and exciting art events. We bring you a great mix of art workshops, exhibitions, art fairs and more.
Here at Cotton On MCR, we have you a huge list of amazing arts and crafts workshops, from painting to printing, sewing to sculpture and more! Our exhibitions focus on the talented and diverse artists we have here in Greater Manchester. Plus, we host multiple and combined events which join art fairs, workshops and exhibitions together into one, all day event! We aim to brighten up Manchester’s art scene and lead the way in creating some amazing art events for all. We aim to show that art can be for everyone, and made by anyone!
Cotton On MCR launched in 2017 and started off as a blog. I wanted to be more involved with Manchester’s art scene and get others involved too. Things grew from there. The business spent two years aiming to be a one-stop-shop for everything that was art in Manchester… that was a big ask! After many trials and errors in different directions, plus a huge break from work due to the events of Covid-19, I had a chance to re-evaluate the business. This led to the re-launch of Cotton On MCR in the third year, and the new Cotton On MCR you are seeing today!
We have however, made sure we have kept the elements you have come to know and love about Cotton On MCR. Not only are we hosting events, but we also tell you what else is going on in this great county! Follow our social media platforms and blog for a range of exhibition reviews, artists shout out and interviews, what’s on guides and more!
We are passionate about art and Manchester and want you to get involved and get passionate too!
Values that we hold dear
These help us be the best and provide the best
Best Customer Service
A commitment to being open and welcoming to all, to embrace diversity, offering the best customer service to everyone.
To show passion and positivity about the work we do, and how we do it.
Doing Our Bit
We aim to increase our recycling and reuse efforts through waste minimisation.
To work hard and play hard.
Meet the team
Domino | The Owner
Hey! My name is Domino (not Dominique, or Domina or Dominic – like I usual get called haha!). I have always had a passion for art and I studied Fine Art at University of Lincoln. I love Manchester and Art and combined the two to create Cotton On MCR. Outside of work I love to travel, and spent 6 months in Asia (with a stop in New Zealand) for a long, extended honeymoon. I had my first little girl in December 2020, named Luna, and she is literally the most amazing thing ever! If I ever get free time, I love to bake and watch Disney films, and I can’t wait for the day that Luna and I create dance routines to Disney songs together!
Rhianwen – Executive Assistant
Hi! I’m Rhianwen, I’m from North Wales and I’m in my final year at MMU studying BA Fine Art with Art History. My practice revolves around abstract painting, which I use as a way of exploring topics such as memory and grief. Art is something really cathartic for me, and alongside painting I also love printmaking and zine making! I was really drawn to working with Cotton on MCR for their accessible approach to the arts – this is something I’m super passionate about, and I think is really important in achieving a more diverse and inclusive art world!
Beth– Executive Assistant
Hello there, I’m Beth- a Manchester based creative. I work across genres but am particularly interested in craft, installation, colour and ecology. Also, I’ve realised, over time, that I am a great researcher and enjoy discovering new brands, businesses, makers and networks.
Millie – Executive Assistant
Hello, I’m Amelia, I’ve lived in Manchester for over 6 years. My background is working within the Arts and Homelessness community, coordinating and running workshops for Drawing with Friends, Invisible Manchester and Streetwise Opera. Cotton On MCR has brought me closer to the ever-growing creative people of Manchester, and I look forward to researching the city’s inspiring spaces for our upcoming exhibitions and workshops.
Amelia- Executive Assistant
My name is Amelia, I’m a third-year BA Illustration and Animation student studying at MMU. My practice is often experimental, utilising moving-image to tell stories or reinventing traditional illustration to challenge our thought processes. Pursuing a career in Creative Direction makes me a bit of a ‘jack of all trades’, so I love getting involved in absolutely anything creative! Cotton On MCR provides me with the opportunity to work with like-minded people and share my thoughts with the world.
Emily Seville – Workshop Assistant
Hi I’m Emily, a visual artist and maker based in Manchester. I mostly work in ceramics and painting, through which I explore our relationship and connection to the natural world. I’m really passionate about making the arts more accessible so I’m looking forward to encouraging people to be creative at Cotton On Mcr’s workshops!