Didsbury Arts Festival

Didsbury Arts festival is a volunteer led multi arts festival celebrating creative culture in Didsbury, through working with local, national and international artists. 

We are a biennial festival. The next edition will take place from 24th June - 2nd July 2017. The festival theme will be Roots. If you would like to join the 2017 team, please get in touch.


All Day

Didsbury Summer Exhibition

The Old Parsonage, Stenner Ln, off Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RQ

An eclectic mix of work in various styles by a range of local artists will be shown as our summer showcase exhibition. Many of the artists have responded to our festival theme of Roots, and there is a strong sense of people, place and the local that runs through this curated show. The exhibition will provide a backdrop to many of the festival's events held in the Didsbury’s iconic Parsonage building.


Artists include Emma Pinnock, Ann-Marie Murgatroyd & Liz Fitzgerald-Taylor, Michelle Olivier, Barbara Barlow, Meha Hindocha, Alina Dragan, Chiahu Lee, John Eastwood, Graham Lambert, Yari Sgambato, Angela Hogan, Constantin Marian Brosteanu, Wang Ying, and Kerry Kennedy.

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Emma Pinnock

The major part of my work is lino cut, printing on paper. This technique is all about the process of cutting away the layers to reveal the image. You can never be sure how the design will work until the board is actually printed and I enjoy being surprised by the results. Alongside my prints, I am starting to develop and sell my drawing work, moving away from architecture and looking more at seascapes and landscapes.

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Ann-Marie Murgatroyd & Liz Fitzgerald-Taylor

A collection of contemporary original art celebrating our youth up to present day! A wonderful time during the 60s and 70s when both artists enjoyed living in Didsbury and surrounding areas together with an evocative mix of present-day images. LAST BUS HOME highlights memories of being young, catching those important moments on canvas with an ecclectic mix of abstract characters, streets, canals and architecture that evoke memories of both growing up and present day images of the North.

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Michelle Olivier

I'm using portraiture to explore themes around identity, those that are visible and invisible and their associated narratives, especially those related to themes of transition and loss.

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Barbara Barlow

I specialise in limited edition reduction linocut art and the bulk of my work is animal art, both domestic and wild. All my source material is ethically acquired. Picasso popularised this art form and there is a recent surge of interest in it.

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Meha Hindocha

Continuing from my Urban Art: Urban Life exhibition at the last DAF I've continued my narrative style drawings of various cities and Villages in the UK. I'll be introducing some new cities and introducing other projects I've been working on. The Roots theme for the DAF triggered a whole range of ideas revolving around an underground world which is going to turn in to a longer term project. I'll have sketches and my ideas on display.

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Alina Dragan

Photography is my passion ,especially landscape .Photography changes the way you see things. It’s actually quite an incredible transformation to experience. Suddenly you notice light, shapes, colours, textures, people, buildings, trees, flowers…Everything around you looks different when you start to see the world as a photographer. I think photography is an extension of your eyes. My photos will be of the Manchester and Didsbury area. See more on Instagram @_alina_dragan_

Chiahu Lee with Liga Korne and Yayu Chen

52’ is a project that lasted exactly one year. At the beginning of each week, three photographers were given the same word and had exactly one week to capture this word. While each picture essentially is the interpretation or representation of the given word, the inspiration or even the ambition for each week can vary extremely among many other factors. The exhibition celebrates the end of the project and summarises a year in the life of three different people, in three different locations, in three different time zones, in 156 pictures -connected through this one experience.

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John Eastwood

Rooted in the North West landscape 'The Spirit of Place' is a photographic journey in the footsteps of the Kinder trespass movement and through the wilderness and open country areas that surround us. The exhibition seeks to illustrate how our relationship with the landscape encompasses elements of the physical, environmental and spiritual.

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Graham Lambert

These are a series of paintings of my home street. The inspiration for these are simply based on the fact that I've always appreciated my neighbourhood, observing the changes that take place throughout the seasons and years. I have 'roots' here as do the trees that feature in the images. I felt I'd like to represent part of this personal experience in paint.

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Yari Sgambato

'Hearing' is a call to re-connection between humanity and nature. The sculpture is entirely made with raw clay. The clay is not cooked because the idea is to create a temporal statue, meaning that atmospheric environments are protagonists in the artwork change process. The idea is to place the statue on raw and bare ground and let it melt merging with the ground, to become a single thing. The meaning of artwork is to restore the sense of real-time passing viewers through the reunion of the clay with the land, that will be a long and slow as all natural processes to which we are not used to seeing, and at the same time, it is an invitation to reconnect with nature.

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Angela Hogan

I work in mixed media on canvas, and also make small 3D pieces (such as altered books and collaged wooden items). Much of my work focuses on memories, heritage and keepsakes, which I feel ties in with this year’s Festival theme of ‘Roots’.

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Constantin Marian Brosteanu

Constantin Marian Brosteanu, Mnemonic Landscape II, Didsbury UK, 2017 

In response to this year's theme the project is a new extension to a previous visual study exploring the mnemonic dimension of photography. Based on the theory that photographic images depend more on the memory that already exists within us rather than the detailed features of the image in itself. More details on www.brosteanu.com

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Wang Ying

Mr. Wang will present Chinese watercolor paintings of Didsbury landscapes.  

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Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy will show recent landscape paintings on shaped canvases.

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