Watch Manchester’s skilled artists take each other on at Art Battle, coming to Salford this spring

Manchester’s most energetic art event, Art Battle, is set to debut in Salford this spring.

Manchester’s most energetic art event, Art Battle, is set to debut in Salford this spring.

The event will take place on Friday, May 5th at dock10 studios in MediaCity.

This unique concept sees ten artists battle it out in front of up to 1,000 spectators to create a masterpiece in just 30 minutes.

The live-action art organisers have already hosted 20 sold-out events in well-known city-centre venues and are set to bring an eclectic blend of artists, styles and skillsets to this full-of-energy affair.

The event will be accompanied by a mix of local independent traders and entertainers, with Gogglebox star Helena Worthington confirmed to take part.

Art Battle MCR will mark its 21st event in MediaCity, with a mix of tailored entertainment and never using the same venue twice.

Co-founder John Macaulay says: “We can’t wait to see the sunset over the docks as the artists go into battle.

“We’ve got some superb Salford-based independent food and drinks traders, so we’ll help raise awareness of them as well as our amazing artists. It’ll be a special evening.”

The event will also be accompanied by Manchester DJ duo The Soul Twins and DJ Peter G, with surprise entertainment yet to be announced.

Sophie Macaulay, the other co-founder of Art Battle MCR, says: “One of our artists described the concept as ‘Art for the people, by the people,’ and I don’t think I could have put it any better.

“We love bringing local talent together and always have a few extra ‘tricks’ up our sleeve too – think fire breathers, skateboarders, live bands… so it’s not to be missed.”

The first ever Junior Art Battle MCR will take place on Sunday, June 4th at the Lowry Theatre as part of Salford’s brand-new free festival, We Invented the Weekend. The festival, which celebrates differences in how people spend their leisure time, will be hosted at MediaCity on June 3rd and 4th.

Art Battle MCR will take place at The Open Centre, dock10 studios, M50 2NT, 7-11pm on May 5th, 2023.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

For more information on We Invented the Weekend, please click here.


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