The free exhibition space by art students for art students

Founded by former art students Maddie and Natasha, art in our favor has established itself in the midst of Manchester’s unaffordable arts scene as a saving grace for aspiring artists and curators.

The couple met while working at Manchester’s barbecue and live music bar, The Blues Kitchen, after graduating from university. It’s true that student jobs in the hospitality industry are breeding grounds for creative collaboration, and once Maddie and Natasha met, The idea for the exhibitions became a focus of their friendship.

“We were both interested in art, I studied art history at university and Natasha is also an art graduate so we put our heads together when we saw an opportunity to host our own exhibition at Pot Kettle Black.

“It was a great opportunity for us, but also for the artists we brought on board. It gave them a completely free opportunity to present their work without any obstacles.”

Since then, Art For Our Sakes has held a further five exhibitions at various locations across the city, all with the same ethos – a social celebration of art and creativity without a prohibitive price tag for those just starting out.

Your next event is on August 8th at Seesaw Space on Princess Street from 6.30pm – 9.30pm.

The evening will showcase the work of a range of Manchester-based artists of varying styles, and will feature DJs, booths, musicians and drinks to enjoy throughout the night.

The first release from artists who will be showcasing their work at the next Art For Our Sake event is Molly Goulding, Jasmine Gardner, Jas Syke and Olivia K.A.

Molly’s art style oscillates between familiar and surreal natural forms, attempting to disrupt the texture of traditional landscape paintings. Her aim is to evoke a feeling of being lost in a room and uses large strokes of intense natural color to both unsettle and intrigue viewers.

Jasmine’s work offers a different approach to design, using bold neon colors and a psychedelic look into the world of Chinese folklore, myth and crafts. Her art form was inspired by her experiences of being originally from China and growing up in the UK – explore The cultural diaspora has enabled her to see the ongoing xenophobic and racist arrogance towards the Asian community with both Eastern and Western eyes.

The third artist in the line-up is Jas Sykes. Her style uses color as the main protagonist addressing the uncomfortable dualities within the post-postmodern condition. Predominantly using oil pastels on paper, her art is bold and captivating, often incorporating the human form in dynamic, surreal ways.

Another artist showcasing her talent at the next Art For Our Sakes event is Olivia K A. Alongside Jas, she is part of the Manchester-based artist collective, At Flesh Studiosand her art focuses heavily on juxtaposing everyday environments with striking colors and faceless silhouettes.

“Everyone is welcome to sell their art at our events as well,” Maddie continues. “A lot of people bring prints, jewelry or something like that, and that often sells the best. We have no intention of charging artists anything – we don’t charge commission, we make all our profit from ticket sales and even then we keep that price very low.”

Art For Our Sakes’ next event on August 8th is already sold out with artists, but if you’d like to get involved in the next event Maddie and Natasha are hosting, email Art For Our Sakes at afosmcr@gmail.com.

Tickets for Art For Our Sakes at Seesaw Space are on sale now for £3.

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art in our favor

Date: Monday 8 August
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m
Venue: Seesaw Space
Price: £3

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