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So the other week I went around Manchester looking for gallery spaces.

Here’s a few photos of places I found.

Nexus, Northern Quarter

Pros: Free, popular cafe with an artsy crowd and a zine library, dedicated white wall gallery space
Cons: No natural light, small

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Kraak, Northern Quarter

Pros: Free, natural light, bar/stage downstairs for opening night
Cons: Entrance in side alley so less accidental footfall

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Piccadilly Place, Piccadilly

Pros: Free, very large, readily available white walls in centre of space,
Cons: Cold, no inbuilt artificial light (though there are electric sockets), need to pay for own security on opening night and for art insurance
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I have contact details for these three gallery spaces and they are all available over the next several months at various times.

Hopefully we may be able to bring our work south of the border soon!

Ana

Hey, so meant to write up about my degree show experience sooner, but I seem to have blinked and two weeks have passed since it finished. The degree show, for those of you who don’t know, is an art college wide exhibition of final year undergraduate work that art and design students have to put together as part of their final assessments. They open to the public afterwards and can be quite good for launching art careers and selling work.

While I didn’t sell anything particularly (apart from some small prints which I’ll also be bringing along to our exhibition, if anyone’s interested) it was certainly a memorable experience. Stressful too. You don’t have 290 people being graded and evaluated and commented on without a bit of tension. Now it’s over I can breathe and reflect a little.

My artwork got some belated press because it was a tad ‘controversial’ the Daily Mail posed the question ‘Art or Pornography?’ in their headline about it, which is good because that’s one of the questions the work is asking. The pieces featured in that article (the bondage photographs by Allen Bell that I’m standing in front of) will be the main pieces I’ll be exhibiting here in July so if you saw that article and you want to see the works in real life do come down to Coburg House and have a nosy.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2335552/Ana-Hine-Art-pornography-Students-home-blue-movie-X-rated-magazines-displayed-college-graduate-show.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490