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Tuesday 8 May Friday 11 May 2018

Unit X Festival 2018

Unit X Festival is a week of pop-up exhibitions showing the work of some of the best up and coming artists, designers, filmmakers and photographers in the city.

The free exhibitions and events will be taking place across Manchester in venues including Manchester Art Gallery, Night and Day Café, Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Cass Arts, Soup Kitchen and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art.

Exhibitions & Events

8 10 May

Deeds Not Words

A cross-disciplinary second year project working with the Pankhurst Centre and Manchester Art Gallery. Private View on 4 May, 5.30-7.30pm.

Grosvenor Gallery

Grosvenor Building Cavendish Street Manchester M15 6BR


8 10 May

Future Intelligence Product Launch

An exhibition of work by cross-disciplinary second year students forecasting future design trends. Preview Night on 8 May, 4-6pm.

Benzie Building Room BZ303

Manchester School of Art Manchester Metropolitan University Cavendish Street Manchester M15 6BR


8 May

Instant Miscommunication

A cross-disciplinary exhibition of second year work that explores the textual and visual miscommunications that occur within the sprawl of social media.

Manchester Metropolitan University Library

Oxford Road, M15 6LL

10am – 7pm

8 10 May


Films, animations and photography on the theme of portals, created by first year students in collaboration with Bruntwood. Preview at 8 May, 6-8pm


Charlotte Street M1 4ET


9 10 May

Endangered Craft

A multi-disciplinary second year project to respond to the Radcliffe Red List of endangered craft professions in collaboration with the Heritage Crafts Association and the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. Preview at 9 May, 5.30-8.80pm.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

17 Oak Street Manchester M4 5JD


9 May

Fiction Records

Visual responses to Fiction Records' 40-year legacy by a group of cross-disciplinary second year students.

Night and Day Cafe

26 Oldham Street, M1 1JN

7pm – 11pm

9 10 May

Orchestrated Disturbance

An exhibition of work by first year Interactive Arts students in collaboration with Fred Aldous arts suppliers. Preview on 10 May, 4-5.30pm.

Fred Aldous

37 Lever Street, M1 1LW


9 May

Theory in/as Practice

A collaborative second year project around the relationship between art theory and practice.

Cass Art

55-57 Oldham Street, M1 1JR

9am – 6.30pm

10 May

Design Consultation

First year Interior Design students exhibit designs for the atrium of the Geoffrey Manton Building and are asking for your feedback.

Geoffrey Manton Building atrium

Manchester Metropolitan University Rosamond Street West Manchester M15 6LL

12pm – 8pm

10 May

Educator Workshops

A series of public workshops facilitated by second year students in collaboration with the Outreach and Engagement Team.

Cass Arts

55-57 Oldham Street, M1 1JR

2pm – 6.30pm

10 May

Fashion Image Making

Working in collaboration with Manchester Art Gallery a cross-disciplinary group of second year students have created an event in response to the Platt Hall costume collection.

Manchester Art Gallery

Mosely Street, M2 3JL

6pm – 8pm

10 May

Language, Exhibition, Zine - Launch

A cross-disciplinary exhibition by second year students focusing on the playful relationship between language, material and meaning.


2 Tony Wilson Place M15 4FN

4.30pm – 6.30pm

10 May


Designs and models for a physical learning experience for primary school children exhibited by second year students from a range of courses in collaboration with the Faculty of Education.

Federation House

2 Federation Street, M4 4BF

6pm – 8pm

10 May


A collaborative second year project investigating contemporary self-publishing. Preview on 10 May, 5pm-late. Open all week, 12pm-late

Soup Kitchen

31-33 Spear Street, M1 1DF

10 11 May

The NHS Mask

An exhibition by first year Fashion, Fashion Art Direction and Photography students working with themes of sustainability and consumer culture.

High Street

20-38 High Street M4 1QB (Next to Ruby Lounge)

9 May (6-8pm) 10 May and 11 May (12-5pm)

10 May


An exhibition of work by first year Illustration with Animation and Graphic Design students.

Partisan Collective

19 Cheetham Hill Road, M4 4FY

6pm – 8pm

10 May

Visual Translation of Text

A cross-disciplinary second year project culminating in a showcase of illustrations and moving images that explore how narratives emerge from archives.


113-115 Portland Street, M1

6pm – 8pm

10 11 May

We Are Future

An exhibition of work by first year Fine Art, art theory and practice students. Preview 9 May, 6-8pm.

High Street

20-38 High Street, M4 1QB (Next to Ruby Lounge)


11 May

Maio Embroidery and Rebel Tarten

Cross-disciplinary second year students show fashion pieces and designs inspired by the international initiative Rebel Tartan and the traditional techniques of Maio embroiderers.

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

13 Thomas Street M4 1EU

6pm – 8pm