The UK’s leading fine art publisher,Washington Green Fine Art, has brought its ‘Summer Exhibition’ event to Manchester for the first time, showcasing some of the artscene’s most innovative contemporary artists.

Taking place at Castle Fine Art on King Street until 26th August, the exhibition offers aspiring artists a platform to showcase their work to a large audience. This follows IN:SIGHT, Washington Green’s call for visual artists to enter their work to its panel of art reviewers, which attracted over 600 submissions.

Washington Green specialises in bringing new talent from around the world to the contemporary artmarket. Since its launch in 1986, the company has published original and limited edition works by hundreds of acclaimed artists, including Bob Dylan and Ronnie Wood.

Now in its fifth year and previously held in Birmingham, organisers decided to bring the Summer Exhibition to Manchester for 2018, tapping into the city’s thriving creative scene.

Exhibiting artists will all be in attendance at a dedicated ‘Meet the Artist’ event on Thursday 23rdAugust from 6-8pm. All are in with the chance of securing a publishing contract with Washington Green, and one overall winner selected by a specialist judging panel will receive a prize of £2,000. Judges include Manchester’s own Councillor Rahman, culture lead for Manchester Central Library.

Glyn Washington, founder and creative director of Washington Green Fine Art, said: “This year’s IN:SIGHT competition has attracted more emerging and established artists than ever before, resulting in a superb final line up for the Summer Exhibition.

“Bringing the exhibition to Manchester for 2018 was a no-brainer. The city is a powerhouse of artistic movement and growth, and we’re looking forward to making our own contribution to its diverse and accomplished art scene.”

Councillor Rahman, culture lead for Manchester Central Library, added: “Washington Green’s Summer Exhibition is a fantastic addition to the arts and culture scene here in Manchester.

“Not only does the event provide a platform for artists to get their work noticed, it’s a chance for local artfans to discover unique contemporary work that they may have never seen before. I look forward to taking my place on the judging panel and wish finalists the best of luck.”


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