Behind a stadium, under a bridge and tucked away around a corner lie Manchester’s most unique and quirky art spaces, galleries PS Mirabel and the thimble-sized Paper.
The hunt to find these neighbouring gems is a worthy exercise. Especially if you like life outside the box and something more inspirational than guidebook-approved art spaces.
On my own travels, I’ve found that getting a feel for the newer, younger waves of artists can be a challenge. Especially if you’re only passing through and around for just a few days.
Burgeoning art scenes are often concentrated in small communities and can be inaccessible unless you have contacts.
PS Mirabel and Paper are an exception to this and seem dedicated to opening their doors to anyone with an enthusiasm for fresh ideas and new horizons.
I’ve always found these galleries to have an inclusive feel and would recommend attending an exhibition preview if the chance arises. These are always bustling with friendly, down-to-earth and like-minded folks.
Much of the artwork you will see on display explores a wide range of media from collage to paint and sculpture and have affordable price tags. It’s also often produced by up-and-coming artists who occupy workshops in the building, so pieces can be one-of-a-kind and specific to Manchester.
A visit to these innovative but accessible galleries is something you will not forget or regret while in the city – take the time to pop by.
Mural in image painted by Raul Gutierrez Loya.