The first a-n Assembly event for 2018 took 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 explored 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 explored the different approaches, decisions and compromises which artists might take to petition their place in the city. The programme included an Artwork Exchanges dinner and, rounding off the day in style, a totally tropical party celebrating Paradise Works’ first birthday.
Read Tom Emery’s report Assembly Salford: the possibility of longevity for artist-led organisations and look out for a series of videos, sharing discussion from the day, coming soon.