The first a-n Assembly event for 2018 will take place at Paradise Works, Salford, an artist run studio and project space established in 2017. Working in collaboration with artist and Paradise Works co-director Lucy Harvey, Assembly Salford will explore how artists can maintain their presence in a rapidly developing city region.

Manchester city centre has seen the relocation or loss of no fewer than eight artists’ studios since the start of 2017, and this has resulted in a growing artist-led presence in neighbouring city Salford and the surrounding areas. Relocation has resulted in new models of practice, collaboration and dialogue for artist-led activity, replacing the support structures which previously enabled artists to work in Manchester city centre.

Part symposium, part workshop, Assembly Salford will explore the different approaches, decisions and compromises which artists might need to take to petition their place in the city. The programme also includes an Artwork Exchanges dinner and, rounding off the day in style, a totally tropical party to celebrate Paradise Works first birthday.


Models of practice
11am – 1pm

1pm – 2pm

The regeneration game
2pm – 4pm

What do we want? (and when do we want it?)
4pm – 5pm

Artworld exchanges dinner
5pm – 7pm

Paradise party!
7pm – 9pm.


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