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Past Selections

Past Selections

  • Great contemporary art speaks on the time within which it is created, the pieces we have selected are proof that themes around identity and belonging can be explored without needing pictures of people. The collection belongs to the people of Manchester, so it is really important that our selection speaks to all people in some way.
    Kate Jesson
    Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Manchester Art Gallery



Title: How Much Life is Enough

Artist: Juno Calypso

Gallery: T J Boulting, London

Title: Homesick

Artist: Benoit Aubard

Gallery: galerie nivet-carzon, Paris

Title: Re-engineered Brown Betty Teapot

Artist: Ian McIntyre

Gallery: Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent

The selections from 2018 are currently on display in Manchester Art Gallery.


Title: Aquarius

Artist: William Mackrell

Gallery: The RYDER

Title: Mike 1 & Mike 11

Artist: Emma Charlotte Price

Gallery: Two Queens

Supported in 2019 by

Aviva Investors

Cass Art

Cheadle Hulme School


EPR Architects

G.F Smith

i newspaper

Jack Arts

J W Lees


Manchester City Council

Manchester Evening News

Manchester School of Art

Principal Manchester